We have all experienced sadness at some time in our lives. Whether it is a reaction to loss, hurt, pain, physical illness, shock, burn-out or on-going depression, your body-mind spirit responds chemically, physically, emotionally and mentally. Whether this material is stored at the conscious or unconscious level,it can feel like you are spiraling down into less life energy to respond to life in the present.
In working with clients with depression and sadness in Resonance Repatterning sessions to spiral up from depression naturally. In sessions, we often travel to the Chinese Medicine Wheel and Metal Element, prominent in this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, to transform grief and depression with the support of shifting inner material for greater sense of value, connection, insight and greater life energy.
Often, a session is dedicated to building life energy so that the client can begin to resonate with the present and the insight, resilience and energy to face life with greater sense of meaning and value, hope, balance and harmony.
Resonance Repatterning® works with natural healing several natural disciplines and modalities that create these positive shifts. Following is a beginning list of 10 natural ways to enhance your ability to recover easily and naturally.
1. When you are depressed, you literally need to take in more light. Get more natural light. Explore full-spectrum light indoors. Here’s a website with lamps:http://www.firststreetonline.com/Electro…
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2. Seek out Negative Ions: Take a walk next to saltwater or get into the country. Salt crystal lamps are natural ion generators. These ions increase serotonin levels, improve mood and promote sleep.
Get into the country or forest. Cities and air-conditioned offices have lower concentrations of negative ions.
3. Get more sleep: (eight hours a night). Sleep deprivation produces a sharp decrease in serotonin levels which is strongly linked to depression.
4. Get regular exercise: Find something you enjoy doing, and do it regularly. Share this aerobic exercise/dance/walk, swim/run,bicycling, etc. with a friend ( 2 or 4-legged).
5. Rethink your diet: Check your cholesterol levels. Too low of levels have been related to depression. What to eat: a) Emphasize fruits and vegetables while limiting consumption of whole grains and sweets. b) Balance calorie/energy ratio with 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% carbohydrates keeping meals under 500 calories. Frequent small meals balances insulin levels as hypoglycemia may be a cause. In this case, avoid coffee, sugar, alcohol, and fruits with high sugar content. c) Limit red meat and egg yolks (once a week) because they are a chemical precursor to a brain chemical associated with depression. d) Be sure to get your Vitamin C’s and E’s in your diet: Parsley, cucumber, lemon, citrus fruits, as well as supplements will help.
6. Deep Breathing Exercise and “Letting Go of Depression Exercise (from Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)
a) Lie on your back or sit comfortably with your spine straight, feet flat on floor.
b) Reach up towards the sky with both hands; take a deep breath, and as you hold your breath, make tight fists, and squeeze, tightening all the muscles in your arms.
c) Slowly exhale, tensing your arms, bringing your fists down your chest. Repeat b and c 2 or 3x.
d) Now cross your arms in front of your chest, with your fingers touching the upper outside area of your chest, wrist crossing the upper part of your chest.
e) Lower your chin to your chest.
f) Inhale 4 short breaths in a row (without exhaling) through your nose, filling your lungs completely on the 4th breath. Hold your breath for a few seconds with your chest full and expanded.
g) Exhale slowly through your mouth. h) Repeat for a few minutes concentrating on the depth and rhythm of your breath.
7. Press Acupressure points: ( Large Intestine 5 and 11: The first pt. is at the base of the hand under the thumb just above the wrist crease. You will feel a slight indentation. Lightly give support to this pt. for a few moments on each side. The 2nd pt. is on the outside of the elbow in the indentation (hollow) next to the humerus bone. *In a 6-week study out of University of Arizona, patients given acupuncture experienced 43% reduction in depression. After treatment more than 1/2 no longer met criteria for clinical depression. (That makes acupuncture just as effective as antidepressants and psychotherapy).
8.Treat yourself compassionately by making time and space for PLAY and JOY to your life: Try Laughter Yoga: http://www.alternativedepressiontherapy…. Find ways to bring laughter and joy into your life. Treat yourself as a beloved. Make time for yourself, Take a day off. Lighten up, and spend some time playing.
9. Depression is life energy that has been disrupted or blocked. Anxiety or unresolved material from an earlier experience can spiral down into depression due to the cascading effects of adrenaline, shock, muscle, emotional, mental, and spiritual fatigue. Exploring what might be the root of the issue is something that can be done. Processing grief over having lost a job, relationship, friend, family member, pet, or part of your life is important. Make time to process your feelings through journaling, drawing, authentic movement with a compassionate listener or facilitator/therapist. You can also have a personal Resonance Repatterning® session to spiraling back up to reclaim your life in the present with greater integrity in your wellness and well-being.
10. Read Books that Support Healing Depression with Natural Solutions
a) Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression by Dr. James Gordon is a wonderful resource that will take you through a process to look at nutrition. It has been very helpful with my clients:
It includes breathing, meditation and movement exercises, detailed nutrition with a soulful and expansive process. http://tinyurl.com/readunstuck
b) Depression-Free, Naturally: 7 Weeks to Eliminating Anxiety, Despair, Fatigue, and Anger from Your Life by Joan Mathews Larson includes beneficial diet and exercises to create positive change. This book is often recommended as a Positive Action after a Resonance Repatterning session. http://tinyurl.com/readhealdepression
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