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May 08


A warm & happy hello to you

The promise of summer is well on its way, & for most is a time of fun, prosperity, & fantasies of sunny days & hazy ways.

Not so for the person who is severely depressed though, & can find no joy in simple pleasures or look forward to the future. You may remember I left you last month with some affirmations to begin to chase the blues away..

"I create my life"

According to Transactional Analysis, depression is often the result of repressed feelings, e.g. anger, sadness.

Often these emotions have been disallowed (usually in childhood) & remain as "unfinished" feelings. This can be explained by the depression system which feeds itself.

Stephen Fry once said that self pity destroys everything but itself, & so it can be with depression, unless you buck the cycle. You may need professional support with this, but here's a quick insight to the theory to help you understand the cycle you want to break if you are depressed:

Beliefs: beliefs about yourself, others, quality of life

Which feeds into:

Reinforcing memories: emotional memories where you remember past experiences throughout life going back to childhood & convince yourself that you are no good, further lowering confidence & self esteem & feeding the depression

Which feed into the beliefs above, & so on

All this is underpinned by Rackety Displays i.e.

-visual behaviours such as body posture, voice, eating patterns, repetitive behaviour

-fantasies about what will happen in your life, e.g. if only I could get them to be proud of me, then I will be happy

Therefore one way of overcoming depression is by creating a different system. Access other positive experiences which reinforce that you are lovable, loved, intelligent, successful.& therefore you begin to reinforce the belief that you are OK & can get what you want. You start to feel the physical benefits of this by standing straight & confident, speaking clearly & confidently, breathing more deeply & moving more positively.

Good nutrition can play a part too. Caffeine & Sugar are both well documented as contributing to depression. So as I have said in the past...check your labels for those hidden sugars. More than 4-5 cups of tea or coffee a day is enough to tip you over the edge, so it may be worth cutting down or cutting out.

Ensure you eat plenty of oily fish like mackerel, sardines, salmon, as well as turkey, pulses, dairy products, fruits, chocolate..I get Green & Blacks pure cocoa powder & we make our own chocolate sweets with honey or dates, oranges & oats...scrummy!

Ensure you eat between 5 & 9 portions of fresh fruit & veg a day to ensure you get plenty of your feel-good vitamins like the B complex.
Dark leafy greens are best. Even a spot of marmite packed with B12 doesn't go amiss. I used to think it was disgusting but have developed a taste for it in the past few years. You can also add it to soups, stews, bolognaise & gravy if you really hate it.

Eat fats in the right proportion, 1 part saturated fat to 3 parts unsaturated fat so your body can function well. No saturated fat in your diet can be detrimental to your mental health.

If you feel you feel a nutrient deficiency may contribute to your mental wellbeing, then ask your GP or health therapist if they can arrange to test for vitamin & mineral deficiencies. Too much or too little of a particular vitamin or mineral can severely affect your mood & mental health especially over a long period of time.

1 in 5 cases of chronic depression is thought to be caused by hypothyroidism. Again ask your GP for a test. The condition is often missed by standard tests, so consider taking 1 of 2 specific diagnostic tests: the thyro-trophin releasing hormone stimulation test or one that measures anti-thyroid antibodies. This disorder can often be rectified through diet; eating lots of seaweed & kelp, taking thyroxine, or through homeopathy, osteopathy, & taking aerobic exercise.

St John's Wort often works better than conventional antidepressants with fewer side effects. See your pharmacist, GP or health food shop for dosage & details though, as it should not be taken if you are on certain medication like anticoagulants e.g. Warfarin, Heparin, Aspirin or heart drugs like digoxin; neither should you take it if you are on drugs for epilepsy; & some people on oral contraceptives report irregular bleeding. Advice should also be sought if you are pregnant.

Aromatherapy, can help with mild to moderate depression too. The citrus oils are sunny in character, & I have prescribed my "Happy Drops" Magic Wand to many clients & customers who need a little lift, or wanted something natural to help them with the transition coming off antidepressants like Prosaic or Seroxat (paroxetine). The citrus oils are hypothesised to balance your nerves & hormones. Drop into Half Moon or go online to for your little stick of uplifting wizzy.

Find yourself a good therapist, counselling is documented as the best mind therapy by far. Make sure you are happy & comfortable with your therapist. The best counsellors listen rather than analyse. Expect to commit to going to the sessions between 6 weeks & for up to a year, more if you have long standing issues.

Massage, shiatsu, homeopathy & hypnotherapy can all help tremendously too. Please feel free to give me a call. Alex & I will lend a listening ear & let you know if we can help. Alternatively, we may refer you on to one of our colleagues who may be better suited to your needs. See our numbers at the bottom of this article.

Fresh air, sunshine & moving water all contribute to us feeling good, so make the most of our lovely beach & surrounding countryside wit beautiful river walks, e.g. Park Shady & Kennel Vale.

Give yourself a lift & pay attention to your appearance. Wear clothes which you know flatter you; looking good does wonders for your confidence.

Be kind to yourself, have fun & be well, warm wishes,

Nicolle Mitchell I.T.E.C., CThA

Holistic Health Therapist & Practice Manager



TEL: 01209 711686 OR 0785 4888990



DISCLAIMER: we do not diagnose or guarantee cures. We aim to help people make informed choices about their health. Any changes in lifestyle, diet, medication, supplementation or remedies, should be taken with your GP's or health professional's support.






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