It’s always better to rule out physical problems that might have easy solutions. I encourage you to ask your doctor to screen for thyroid dysfunction, chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal fatigue/dysfunction, fibromyalgia, vitamin B deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, candida overgrowth, and auto-immune disorders like celiac disease. All of these can be misdiagnosed as depression! And when they are, they drag on. That’s not what you want.
Healthy, Happy, Whole: The Life You Deserve
Many emotions arise in the body. Meditations that allow you to become compassionately aware of your body and the sensations you experience can therefore improve the understanding, processing, and overcoming of challenging emotions, and even mood disorders. (This is part of why the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, and Mindfulness and Wellness Coaching, are so effective!)
Remember that awful feelings happen to everyone. They don’t indicate weakness, and the way forward may not be to ‘cure’ them, so to speak; often, the only way through bad feelings is to honour them, give them space, and truly feel them. This has a cathartic, exorcising effect, and avoids the feedback loop of feeling sad that you’re sad, or anxious about being anxious. Once you’ve felt the feelings through, right to the bottom, they pass away. They lose their charge. They disappear.
And then you’re free.
Often, the most powerful tools for overcoming a mood disorder and creating a balanced, joy filled life have nothing to do with your doctor. Exercise, a healthy diet, meditation and spending time outdoors can all contribute to the happy life that you deserve. Only you know what you truly need.
Sometimes, these disorders and feelings are a message, telling us that there is something that we need that we aren’t currently getting. Sometimes, even severe mood disorders can be less illness and more spiritual emergency… or emergence. It may be that your spirit has an important message for you about changes that need to be made in your life. If it feels like your soul hurts, or your depression/anxiety are ‘untreatable’ by conventional means, that may be what’s happening to you. Check out A Wholistic Guide to Feeling Like Shit to learn more about this. If you want support in exploring ways to create the life you want, check out what I have to offer as a Mindfulness and Wellness Coach, or get in touch with me at [email protected] or through my Facebook page. I’m listening <3
If you are in crisis, please call a doctor, crisis line or trusted loved one immediately and tell them that you need help. You are worth it. Things will get better.
From the heart,
Originally appeared on Kathryn Hogan.ca
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