Depression: What is it and why mindfulness is so important if you feel depressed?

It is normal or ‘atypical’ to feel low and not understand where it is coming from. Sometimes we have memories that have been deep routed from our childhood or a painful situation that you might have blocked out.  People feel low for various reasons. I know that I feel low in the wintertime because there isn’t enough sun. I manage this through diet, exercise, meditation and traveling. Feeling low after a loss, a break-up, or ‘for no reason at all’ is all normal. When you work with a psychologist like me we can piece all of the information together to find out what is ‘triggering’ you to feel this way. Often people feel low because they are not happy in their life or can feel like their life is mundane. We can help restore the balance in your life using a few simple techniques.

A sudden low mood or sadness can be a sign of depression. There are various types of depression. Someone could be feeling melancholy which is feeling low without knowing why or on the other side of the spectrum someone could have symptoms of severe depression which could have been a result of having trauma in one’s life. I have had clients who had been feeling low because they had a vitamin deficiency. Often, anxiety and can play a huge role in depression. We might feel anxious, shame, or guilt ourselves and then we feel ‘bad’ about it. This is how depression plays a role in anxiety and when someone has mixed episodes with anxiety and depression. This is why it is so important to understand how mindfulness works. Mindfulness works by being aware of your own body, being aware of others around you, and focussing on your body’s breathing and sensations.

Depression and sadness are different. Sadness is a symptom of depression. Other symptoms of depression are anger, frustration, avoidance, and the feeling of being stuck. Not everyone will have similar symptoms.

It is normal or ‘atypical’ to feel sad sometimes. Other feelings such as anger, happiness, frustrated, annoyed or agitated are all okay to feel. Sometimes when we have strong feelings or emotions it can affect our personal relationships, work, and home life. This is when we need to learn other ways to handle or deal with these emotions in a healthier, proactive kind of way.

Some symptoms of depression could include:

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in your activities
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Trouble getting to sleep or feeling sleepy during the day
  • Feelings restless and agitated, or else very sluggish and slowed down physically or mentally
  • Being tired and without energy
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of suicide

    When you feel sad or low 3 tips to increase your vibrations are:

    1. Move your body. Exercise or go for a walk will make you feel happier.

    2. Examine your diet. By taking high doses of Omega oils and Vitamin B complex one can naturally boost their nervous system to give it more support on those days when you are feeling low.

    3. Practice guided meditation. By meditating 10 minutes a day on a weekly intention this will give you the guidance and internal self-help that you might need.

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