7 Ways to Lift You from Depression

“If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days.” ~ Kris Carr

Get Me Out Of Here!

We are smack bang in the middle of tumultuous, chaotic and confusing times.  With that kind of energy flying about, we have to take what goes with it — the many peaks and troughs in our day-to-day existence.  How does one draw on positivity when you feel like you’ve been sucked into a black hole and depression took over you?

Yes, we all have these days.  You wake up and you, for no really good reason, feel like thumbing a lift off the planet and onto the next passing UFO (if you do decide to do this, remember to take along your hand-towel, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy manual and eat lots of salted peanuts).

Enough Tom-Foolery

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times when one only remembers to turn on the light.” ~Dumbledore (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

Let’s get back to the brass tacks of riding out your low-wave storms.  The first thing to remember is you are not alone.  There are many people out there experiencing the highs and lows of depression, just like you.  Enlightenment or awareness does not automatically present you with a ‘get out of jail free’ card.  No, you just need to know how to ride the tsunami when it hits.

The second thing to bear in mind when dealing with depression is that ‘this too shall pass’.  Sometimes when we experience the dark night of the soul, we feel like we are in an emotional abyss and nothing will ever be the same again.

This is just another wave that needs surfing, you will ride it out and you will live to see another day.  Just hold tight onto that surfboard and apply copious amounts of sunblock (metaphorically speaking, in real-time just eat lots of chocolate — that usually does the trick!  Not only does wholesome organic or dark chocolate release happy endorphins but a friend of mine recently told me that it also has grounding effects).

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Stocking Your Cupboard Full of Happiness

Okay, so we all have our dark moments, but what can we do to get ourselves back on track besides stuff our faces with choco-delicious treats or sumptuously sipping at a glass of merlot?

Gratitude is important and heart-centered living is the future.  So with this in mind, how do we expand our feelings of love and gratitude?

Build up reservoirs of things that make you HAPPY and GRATEFUL by remembering:

Loved Ones — think of all the people in your life that make living a joy.  Picture their happy, smiling faces and feel the effect of their love in your heart center.

Play Music — from Bach to the Beatles, we all have our favorite songs that cheer us up and get a spark lit under our backsides.  Dust off those LP’s or plug in your iPod!  Have a dance around your living room floor, shake that booty and kick up those heels!  Or you can drift off to Debussy and have some quiet, reflective and pensive moments of sheer bliss. Don’t underestimate the power of frequency, let music be your bridge to aural ecstasy.

Precious Memories — bring out that old scrapbook of magical magnificent memoirs.  Remind yourself of how many moments you’ve had in your life that were full and extraordinary.

Encounters with Animals —  for those of us lucky enough to have had or currently have pets, you will know what I’m talking about when I say that they have the most remarkable way of lifting your spirits.  Go spend a bit of time with them.  If you don’t have any pets, go take a walk where you know people hang out with their pets.  Most animal owners don’t mind a bit if you stroke their animals.  Cats also have an astonishing talent to balance your aura with their purring — it has a vibrational resonance that heals any ‘leakages’.

Nature — yes, you know I like to hit this one home every now and again in my blogs.  Go be in nature!  It is calming, grounding and balancing.  If you are dealing with depression, it is the most inexpensive cure to your quandaries and it sure beats any pill your doctor is offering you.

Count Your Blessings — do you have a roof over your head?   A comfortable bed to sleep in?  People, who love and support you?  Clothes to keep you warm?  Food in the fridge?  A functional body?  These are all things we take for granted but are wonderful markers to realign us with all there is to be thankful for and can be the very push you may need to get you out of a wallowing hole.

Laugh Your Head Off — another inexpensive cure to all disease.  Put on some side-splitting comedy, something that you know will boost your morale.  A good pant-wetting episode every now and again is the best remedy for being on this planet right now.  No-one likes a sourpuss, so make sure your face is creased with laughter lines.

Go forth and make merry.

“Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.” ~Paul Hawken

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Cherie Roe Dirksen

Cherie is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and meditation music composer from Cape Town, South Africa. She has weekly blogs on her site www.cherieroedirksen.com where she discusses practical and insightful perspectives on taking responsibility for your actions and ultimately living the life you came here to experience. She also devotes a weekly blog to creativity and the artistic process.

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    Jody Stewart

    24, October 2012 at 12:29 am

    I have been very depressed for about a year due to a daughter and sister criticising me for keeping the secret of giving a child up for adoption and that ai was pregnant when i got married. I don’t believe i should tell my children of mistacks i made which could have given them an excuse to make mistakes. I have gone through divorse, cancer, bankruptcy and noting has been as painful as javing my child tell me that I wasnt a good role model or mother. Up until a year ago i was always told i am a great mother. Their lives have changed negatively and i think i have become a target because i have never let my problems get me down. I have never thought of myself as a victom. I have told them that their criticisms hurt and their reaction was You have always beeb so forgiving. Why cant you get over it. No one appologised. Im trying but am very hurt. Cant stop thinking about it. Got on sleeping meds depression meds. Not working. Any suggestions? Thank you. Js

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      Cherie Roe Dirksen

      26, October 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Hi Jody. I really feel for you. It is not easy giving up a child and I do understand why you wanted to keep it a secret. However, your loved ones are probably feeling hurt because of the secret, not necessarily what you did. Secrets tend to come out at some point or another and the ones affected by them feel betrayed. Not by what you did, but by not trusting them enough to tell the truth. Now, in order to move on, you need to understand that there is a certain amount of trust that needs to be regained here and for that to happen, you need to give your daughter time. Time does heal. If you let her know that you respect her space and affirm that she can take her time in letting the truth sink in, then you will have taken a step in the right direction to mend your bond with her. Let her know that you did what you thought was best at the time. I hope this helps.

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    Cherie Roe Dirksen

    21, October 2012 at 8:20 am

    Thanks for sharing your insights, Beth. I am with you there, it is paramount that we express our feelings instead of suppress them. We all too often sweep our emotions under the rug, especially in the case of some of the men and women I know who have families — they feel it is not OK to let their feelings show or to have a good cry every now and again. It is so important to give yourself permission to allow these feelings to flow through you and it is NOT a sign of weakness to cry or vent your frustrations in an appropriate manner. In keeping with this theme, I just posted this quotation on Facebook yesterday that ties in well with this discussion: http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10151065354766010&set=a.10151034620866010.422537.109678451009&type=1&theater

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