- Mental Health
Cure Your Anxiety, Fatigue, Insomnia, and Depression
Depression is characterized by a loss of enthusiasm and by loneliness, anxiety, fear, and worry. Overwhelmed by life, you feel out of control, your mind is pulled in many directions.
Mentally overworked, you suffer from reduced creativity, mental focus, and clarity. Your memory is unstable, their thinking is scattered.
You have an underlying sense of anxiety and they feeling uprooted. Aches and pains, malaise, and unrelenting fatigue are physical symptoms of depression.
When under stress you will opt to ﬂee instead of fight or freeze. Fleeing can take many forms - keeping yourself occupied to avoid dealing with mental, emotional, or physical problems; holding on to false ideas and beliefs to escape dealing with a deeper cause.
Symptoms of Depression
You know you suffer from depression when you are
- unenthusiastic or lonely,
- anxious and worried,
- unfocused and out of control,
- losing creativity and mental clarity,
- losing memories,
- losing ground,
- suffering from unexplained aches and pains,
- always fatigued,
- and prone to escapism.
If these are not the symptoms you're experiencing, most of them are missing or I added some that don't really describe you, stop reading now and take the depression assessment questionnaire to help you.
There are three very distinct types of depression and curing your depression starts with identifying the one you are suffering from.
Causes of Depression
A lack of stability in life patterns is often the main cause. A major life change that has disturbed the structure in your life can cause depression.
A new job, a new relationship, a new neighborhood, the return of a long-time friend may all be at the root of depression.
Long-standing sleep debt and mental or emotional fatigue can also cause depression. A sleep disturbance, namely insomnia is one of the first telltale signs of this problem.
Nourishing the physiology and stabilizing the nervous system are the main therapeutic techniques to undo depression.
Diagnosis of Depression
Depression is an imbalance in the nervous system. It is often caused by too much activity and not enough rest. The nervous system is in a prolonged state of hyperactivity, which leads to its inevitable collapse.
In an attempt to keep up with itself, the overworked body revs up its production of biochemicals. At some point, physical fatigue sets in as a depletion of hormones and neuro-chemicals occurs.
Emotionally, you experience a drop in enthusiasm for the things that previously made you happy. You feel sad and worried. Desperately desired things are now lacking in meaning and interest. Your primary internal emotion is feeling out of control. You have lost your resiliency.
Physically, you are exhausted. If you do things that will give you temporary quick bursts of energy such as jogging and gulping down caffeine-loaded drinks, you deplete your energy reserves over time. If you just grab lunch on the run and spend no time to do anything to nurture your physical body, if you constantly worry about your relationships, your vitality is further drained.
You may not believe that you can stop doing and going, because you have fallen into the habit of keeping yourself in overdrive. You seek stimulation in everything you do. Worrying is an excess mental activity that keeps your mind stimulated, albeit not productively. Watching suspenseful TV shows stirs up your brain the same as jogging revs up the body. Insomnia follows.
Psychologically, you feel ungrounded. You are pulling away from relationships that helped you stay in control. This disturbance is a stress on your heart affecting her ability to think clearly. You may even lose your problem-solving ability. You may be holding on to what you can control - a cell phone, a dog, etc. You may hav become hypervigilant, because there is a crisis around every corner.
Spiritually, you feel anchorless. Running from one external thing to another, you may have lost your sense of internal self. You have lost your awareness of how your lifestyle affects the whole of your being. Also, you have lost your connection to the unchanging aspect of life that exists within you.
How to Cure Depression
Now that you have learned the source of your imbalance and how your lifestyle exacerbated your condition, you need to realize that you absolutely cannot derive your self worth from being active, and constantly doing and going.
First thing you should do is easing your anxiety and insomnia. This brings about much-needed rest, and an improved clarity of your thinking. Once you have more energy, you will be ready to implement changes to your lifestyle.
Herbal remedies to cure depression
To enhance your sleep I recommend that you take an herbal formula to help with insomnia.
This formula contains herbs such as Indian valerian, jatamansi, and ashwagandha.
These herbs work synergistically to balance, nourish, and calm the mind, the senses, and the nervous system.
Transcendental meditation to cure depression
One thing you can learn easily and that will help you tremendously is transcendental meditation or TM. If it becomes a regular part of your everyday life, you'll be able to create an internal infrastructure of support and expand your awareness.
It will also give your nervous system a deep rest, and enable you to settle down. Your insomnia will be gone forever. Whilst I can offer you good books on how to master TM (and I do) it is best to learn it from a qualified teacher.
Breathing techniques to cure depression
Another thing you can learn to help heal your depression are breathing techniques. Your current breathing is probably shallow. It is a symptom as well as a cause of your anxiety. It causes an inadequate exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, which in turn causes your heart to pump faster to oxygenate the blood.
Such an increase in heart rate enhances your experience of anxiety and takes away precious time from your life. There are two specific breathing techniques that, if practiced regularly, make anxiety go away permanently. Read up on three-part breath and alternate nostril breathing.
Stabilizing your daily routine to cure depression
Next thing you should do is nourishing your physiology and rebuilding your physical energy. A key point is that your physiology is part of the natural world and subject to the dictates of nature. This understanding helps you to realize the importance of stabilizing your daily routines.
Depression is corrected when you follow natural biorhythms. Take your cue from the rising and setting of the sun. If you go to bed close to ten at night and rise at six in the morning, you garner nature’s support.
Regulating your eating habits to cure depression
Set aside time to eat your main meal at noon in a quiet and comfortable setting. Noon is when your digestive ﬁre burns as hot as the midday sun, so your physiology can metabolize your food most efficiently. You can derive the most benefits from salty and sour flavours.
Regulate your metabolism by eating at the same time every day, and eat good-tasting, warm, heavy foods to infuse your physiology with groundedness. Food can be medicine.
Yoga exercises to cure depression
Use a series of restorative yoga poses and breathing exercises in place of exhausive training. Take walks outside with friends or family in the morning and evening.
Bring balance to your life through warmth and serenity during yoga practice. A restorative practice is best for you. Follow these basic guidelines during your yoga practice:
- maintain a smooth and steady rhythm
- hold each posture for a short amount of time
- move ﬂuidly into and out of each pose
- stay warm to prevent injury
- refrain from hyperextending
- create physical stability by focusing on the foundation of each pose
- rotate your legs inwardly and press the outer edges of your legs toward the ground
- in standing poses, ground your big toe
- activate your muscles with every pose
- be aware not to deplete your physical energy
- do less, be more - maintain presence of mind throughout the practice
- the practice should leave you physically strengthened, emotionally nourished, and spiritually grounded
- let your breath guide your practice - focus on lengthening your inhalations
Outdoors and indoors activities to cure depression
Beside moderate-paced walking with friends do anything outdoors that is relaxing and enjoyable, such as biking, canoeing, hiking, golﬁng.
Do anything indoors that involves rhythmic, soothing, and gentle motion, including simple stretching, gentle yoga, pilates, tai chi or qigong, light aerobic activity (about twenty to thirty minutes daily).
If you don't seem to have time for meditation, walks with your spouse, and leisurely lunches, think again. Once your physiology becomes balanced, your internal world gains order, and this is reﬂected in your success in the external world. When you have more mental and physical energy, your efﬁciency increases.