All Posts Anxiety and Depression
Mental health, anxiety and depression are on the rise and many people don't realise that it's a jigsaw puzzle putting the pieces back together.
Our bodies are complex mechanisms and the contributing factors to our mental health processes can be wide and varied. Each individual will need different treatments.
One thing for sure is that the treatment that works the best is a holistic one. Our systems are complex engines and we need a fully serviced vehicle to be running smoothly. Contributing factors affect the whole system and can vary widely. Sometimes it is one thing, other times it can be several things that need to be addressed to solve our problems. It is helpful to use the analogy of a car to look at what goes on. Physiology, chemical reactions, cognitive processes, belief systems, nutrition, activity - it all plays a part.
That's why some people find that they can change one thing and they feel better, others need to do a variety of things, and some need medication. It's so very individual.Our bodies work off a series of chemical reactions and when we have one or several contributing factors the outcome can be the same.
For example, lack of certain vitamins, minerals, and other dietary requirements can be contributors (even looking at food intolerances, etc). Sometimes it can be physiology and cognitive thought processes (see visitors who can make us laugh and uplift can temporarily change the way you feel). Other times it can be a lack of balance, exercise, fresh air. So many contributors it would take a book to list them all! hmmmm....
Anyway, it is important to know that we can work through anxiety and depression and there are many tools that can be utilised to address it.
Finding what works for you and your family may take lots of experimentation, or it could be trying one thing that makes all the difference.
Key things to try:
Mindfulness (huge stress reduction capability and awareness building potential), exercise, yoga, elimination diets, supplements, massage, therapy, essential oils, laughing, feeling supported, doing things we love, being around people who support us, a good challenge (learn a new skill, hobbies, a job we enjoy etc), changing the way we see things, using our bodies to move, getting out in nature, medication, hypnotherapy, NLP, coaching, counselling, creative pursuits... the list goes on.
If you are doing all of these things and you are still not overcoming, perhaps it is necessary to work closely with someone who can help you uncover what is truly going on. Our bodies are designed to seek out the balance, and when the balance gets thrown off, it tells us in a number of ways. (Anxiety can be caused simply because we have stress or tightness somewhere in our bodies and our brain interprets that as a danger - hence anxiety!).
Another emotional contributor and a good rule of thumb is to think of anxiety as fear for the future (cognitive or mental causation), and depression as being stuck in the past. As I mentioned, it can be a contributing factor or the sole reason.
Anxiety in children can also be contributed to their not feeling safe, and this is not necessarily a dig at parents. Developmentally, children will go through stages of needing different reassurances and even changes in parenting styles can make a difference here.
Wow, this ended up a big post - it could go on and on!
I think I will end it here, however, please feel free to contact me to talk more about this (for you or your children). I am considering doing a talk and/or a program on this as it is such a huge topic, but you can always contact me for a one-on-one anytime.
Love Jules x
Remember: good mental and physical health is a holistic thing