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Depression-No Laughing Matter

Updated on January 14, 2013

It can feel like you are LOST

It can feel like you are LOST
It can feel like you are LOST | Source

"I suffer with Depression......"

Just owning that one HAS DEPRESSION can clear a room within minutes.

Why is that?

Unless the other has some personal connection to the misery of DEPRESSION, they are likely to hasten to leave – lest they “catch the sickness” too.

Depression is not contagious in itself, but certainly the response from family and friends can influence the symptoms.

It is vital that we familiarize ourselves with some quick self-help techniques.

The responsibility for our recovery is always our OWN.


Feeling Overwhelmed

Feeling Overwhelmed
Feeling Overwhelmed | Source

The Panic

People just don’t know how to HELP someone who is suffering from DEPRESSION and without this skill, they are at a loss to relate or contribute.

I believe that this is not a cruel response from our fellow-man. I believe that we have a CORE desire to help our fellow-man, but we just do not have all the tools.

Sufferers of DEPRESSION become lost in their pain and misery. For many it seems that there is absolutely no way out. There is a sense of PANIC that they might be lost in the darkness forever.

The further down the “worm-hole” the sufferer spirals, the LESS ENERGY AND LIGHT seems to be present. Just breathing seems like a painful, futile activity.

The trick is to become INFORMED about how to cope with the very real and challenging symptoms – not just for the sufferer, but also the support people.

If you feel like there is no hope for your depression – hear this.

Hundreds of thousands of people experience this debilitating condition at some point in their life. You are not alone. Many have found answers.

Let us begin to look at some simple ways to help:

A beginning point is to learn to use your breath and to INHALE and EXHALE with a sense of purpose. This has a calming effect on the whole body - much like the sob-sigh that we have at the end of a big cry.

This is the first and most simple way to bring back calm.

Intentional breathing

When you have done a few deep, slow breaths, then change your focus to breathing in one nostril at at time. Close off the one nostril and breath in the other. Then close off that nostril and exhale the breath out of the other nostril.

This systematic breathing helps to restore the equilibrium and the focus on the action helps to take us away from the emotional hi-jacking of the right brain. Hold your concentration for a few minutes as your alternate your breath. At the end of a few cycles, return to normal breath.


Breathing For Balance

Alternated breathing through the nostrils - restores balance and calm.
Alternated breathing through the nostrils - restores balance and calm. | Source

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