LIFESTYLE CHOICES THAT MAKE DEPRESSION-RESISTANT PEOPLE
Updated: Sep 25, 2021
Depression is a bugger, isn't it?!
Did you know, approximately, 29.2% of people are suffering from one of the common mental disorders worldwide
I haven't suffered from it myself, but I have family members and friends who have and do. 😞
I hope sharing my understanding can help someone, despite having not experienced depression myself. I am an empath, though and it hurts me deeply to see others hurt. I am extremely motivated to do what I can to improve others' lives if they are ready to make improvements.
I was asked for help by one of my dear readers who is suffering right now from many things.
I determined that in order to move forward with addressing some of her other mindset challenges, I needed to help her establish some life habits that will give her body and mind the best fighting power against her depression, and put her on the path to improving and creating the life she WANTS.
So this post is in answer to her request for ideas to help her fight the depression, and is dedicated to her 💛
Please know I am not a medical doctor or a licensed therapist. So take my words as you will. I am quite in tune with my body, spirit, and the Holy Ghost and have gone through 10 hours of the Dr. Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program, which I hosted for my neighbors and family. Plus, the countless other hours of researching and gathering a lot of information through my interest in finding ways to help these beloved people live more light and hope-filled lives.
I also believe that through the positive life habits I have established from a pretty young age, I have become depression-resistant.
What I believe about depression :
It can usually be improved or eradicated through lifestyle CHOICES and without medication.
Even when it is caused by hormone imbalance, it can be turned around (and hormones can be balanced) through diet and other natural non- pharmaceutical ways.
Medication may be necessary in some cases of depression, especially for long - time sufferers, and can help the person suffering feel normal enough to work on establishing positive habits.
Depression inhibits your ability to connect fully to God and to feel hope and His love. Even though He is there and does love you more than ever when you are struggling, depression is like a thick cloud cover on a cloudy day. The sun is still there, but the clouds make it hard to see or feel the sunlight.
Some people are more prone to experiencing depression due to heredity, hormone imbalance, physical or chemical differences in the brain, or experiencing trauma.
Whether you're more prone or not, the following habits can help start to lift you from the fog of depression or prevent you from having to suffer from it.
Healthy lifestyle choices that create
1. SLEEP WELL:
Get at least 8 hours of sleep. But no more than 9.5 hours.
Regular sleep schedule. Mine is bedtime at 10:15 PM, awake at 5:30 AM. I connect with my spirit and God in the early morning hours through prayer, meditation, scriptures, and good books, when everyone’s asleep. My whole Miracle Morning routine is outlined in this post:
2. EAT WELL:
Get many different nutrients- try to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Especially add these three anti depression super foods into your daily diet:
pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
You can mix them together in a jar and add 1 TBSP to smoothies, cereal, granola, healthy mug cakes, etc. Here is one of the many ways I use these 3 seeds:
Supplement with super foods. These supplements are the ones I have used for years and love. Here's more info as to why they work so well. I have known several people who vastly improved depression symptoms just by adding these supplements to their daily diet.
Supplement with vitamin D AND get plenty of sunshine.
3. MOVE YOUR BODY:
Exercise has so many benefits, it is absolutely worth fitting it into your schedule. Even if it consists of walking instead of driving to your neighbor's house or walking the kids to the bus stop or school, taking the parking spot furthest away from the store. The more we move our bodies during the day, the better.
The main benefit for depression is the endorphins, which are cannabis-like natural brain chemicals that enhance your sense of well being.
Meeting exercise and healthy living goals such as making positive changes to your body and getting in shape give you not only something to work towards and look forward to but also confidence.
Exercise gives you the chance to meet people and open your social circles. Having friends reaching out and people who care for you can tackle depression.
Walking outside kills two birds with one stone. Sunshine- vitamin D and exercise!
4. SPIRITUALITY: Hope and Belief
Believe in a Higher Power. A Creator and a Plan. I know people of all faiths and belief systems can become depression-resistant by having a belief in a higher power, and feeding that through study, prayer, asking questions, and seeking answers through light-filled sources.
If you don't have a clear belief of your own or are looking for answers, please reach out and I'd be happy to share resources that help me receive my spiritual understanding and support. 🤍
Since I am openly serving those who are Christian, I will share from that point of view, the truth that if we ASK (Matt 7:7), God alone can lift you from depression by opening doors and guiding you through inspiration, to the things that will help you- whether that is a certain friend, an essential oil, a food, medication, the motivation to take a walk, etc.
Connect with God every day to receive this inspiration. Here's how I do this:
1. I love listening to meditation music like this by Wayne Dyer. I will often visualize myself talking directly to God. He answers in these visualizations and I truly believe those communications are a true connection at least of my spirit to my brain- our spirit is connected directly to God through the light of Christ. But I often take them as being directly from God.
2. I will write questions in my journal - anything that I'm seeking answers for. I then pray specifically about that one question and ask for guidance in finding my answer. Then I often do Divine Journaling, which is where I write as if the words flowing onto the paper in response to my question are God's words. Sometimes I'll start my question like a letter, with "Heavenly Father" as the recipient. Then in the response, since I believe the answer is coming from Him, I address it back to me. I often get impulses or ideas to look something up, study in a certain place or talk to a certain person.
May you experience some enlightenment as you make an effort to connect to your spiritual side
5. FIND PURPOSE:
YOUR PURPOSE or at least A PURPOSE.
This needs to be something that requires you to be extending energy (in some form) outward to others and away from yourself.
Who can you help? Who can you serve? Is there a volunteer opportunity you can find? The Just Serve website can help. If your current job isn't giving you satisfaction in seeing yourself as being able to offer something to others, maybe consider a job change or much easier, a mindset shift. How can you look at your daily work as a service to others.
6. MIND YOUR MIND:
I just made mention of the difference between your spirit and your mind. When you start to realize that your thinking has a "mind of its own", you can start minding your thoughts. Lots of your thoughts need to be put into time out 😅. They do not serve you and prevent you from becoming the person you have the potential to become. Learning to manage your thoughts is a huge endeavor.
I've been learning and working on this for years and of course still find the same old debilitating thoughts of fear, self sabotage and low confidence returning. But I have made great improvements over the 4ish years I've been conscious of this, and press onward because it is so worth breaking free of the harmful thinking patterns. I have done many other posts on this subject so I'll just list them here for reference:
The Things We Learn From Seeds
Truth Bombs From a Millionaire More Than 1/2 My Age
Goal Setting and the Roadways of the Brain
I Practice most of these LIFESTYLE CHOICES in my 1 hour Miracle Morning
Learn why waking up early is SO WORTH IT to me in this post:
"DID YOUR ROUTINE CRUMBLE WHEN THE KIDS CAME HOME" where my whole Miracle Morning routine is outlined.
Also as part of my Miracle Morning, I start drinking my water. Water intake is essential. Our bodies are made up of 60% water and it is a part of about every bodily function. You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces. I know I have to drink 3 water bottles full based on how many ounces it holds. I sleep with my water bottle full of ice water and start drinking it as soon as I roll out of bed. Many studies have concluded that Drinking plain water is associated with decreased risk of depression and anxiety in adults: Results from a large cross-sectional study