Hi Ho Silver Lining

Or so the song goes – but what if the sun isn’t shining for everyone behind that cloud?

Hi Ho Silver LiningDepression, anxiety and mental health issues are all invisible conditions that many, many people suffer from while feeling completely alone. Some people don’t even recognise that they’re suffering at all.

At some point in our lives, we all experience some sort of low mood,  irritability, nervousness, have trouble sleeping or find it hard to concentrate due to something we’re concerned or worried about. These feelings are all normal and in some instances these feelings can grow and manifest.

Depression is often considered a low energy state and can affect how you feel about yourself, leaving you with little energy to go about your day to day life. On the other hand, anxiety is sometimes considered a high-energy state because it’s much more than just a worry or a concern. When these feelings don’t leave you they build up and, when that happens, it’s not uncommon for them to bring on panic attacks completely out of the blue.

To recognise Depression and Anxiety isn’t always straight forward and, although the conditions are often used together by many people – including those in the health industry, not everyone may suffer from both.

A quick distinction between the two:

Depression; Are any of the below familiar to you ?

  • Not wanting to go out
  • Relying on alcohol
  • Withdrawing from friends / family
  • Feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and/or unhappy
  • Feeling tired a lot of the time
  • Loss of appetite
  • Poorly / feeling run down

Anxiety;

  • Obsessive thinking
  • Racing heart
  • Tightening of the chest
  • Avoiding certain social situations
  • Feeling tense

Although it may not feel like it, the sun is always there up above the clouds and help doesn’t always have to be in the form of a pill because there are many therapies available.

Have you ever considered a massage?

Research has shown that massage can significantly contribute towards reducing symptoms of depression.

And what about Reflexology for Anxiety?

This can help ease anxiety by acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry.

Alternatively, a Reiki or Crystal Healing treatment will realign and balance your energies to aid in assisting an improved sense of wellbeing.

Keeping a journal can help both conditions because writing down your feelings, thoughts or whatever comes into your mind, helps to alleviate the stress inside your head.

Exercise and good diet are paramount to happy living and getting your heart rate up for 20 to 30 minutes a day will increase the endorphins being released into your body, which stimulates the ‘happy’ genes.

Mental health issues cover a very broad and deep spectrum – it really is an enormous subject – so, I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to mental health, but the sun is there, and it’s closer than you think – as am I if you need any support.

Valerie
Bringing healing, health and harmony in to your world

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