Guest post of resources to help with depression written by a member of Sickly Confidential, Annette Lopez. Annette is the founder of Creatively Nourished, and a Certified Nutritional Health Coach and Primal Certified Expert
The world has been an interesting place for the past few months. It seems like things are constantly changing and our main concern is our health. Physical health has been the main concern that is, but what about our mental well-being? How are you dealing mentally with the changes in our society?
In many places’ lockdown has been going on for at least two months with limited contact with loved ones. We are starting to see the repercussions of social distancing, and physical distancing on our mental well-being.
Sadly, many of us don’t even know what depression looks like. All we know about it comes from movies and TV shows.
It’s estimated that clinical depression has been the leading cause of disability in the United States for people who are 15 to 44 years old! – Annette LopezTweet
That means it affects about 14.8 million American adults (James, Dr.Matt 2017)
Signs & Symptoms of Depression
- sadness or a sense of emptiness
- feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- suicidal thoughts
- poor concentration
- loss or gain of body weight (that is more than 5% and is not related to in intentional dieting or health issues – thyroid)
- poor self-esteem
- the inability to experience pleasure
- listlessness and lethargy
FYI: For men depression can look quite different. Men tend to report fatigue and other physical ailments such as stomachache, headache, back pain, constipation, diarrhea. And sleep problems come up often either not being able to sleep or sleeping too much. Men find themselves constantly angry or hostile rather than sad. And they identify as being stressed rather than sad. They may complain about loss of sexual desire and erectile dysfunction.
Resources to Help with Depression
If you find yourself exhibiting some of the above symptoms know that there are many techniques and resources to get rid of depression. And they don’t always involve years of psychotherapy. (I used to be a psychotherapist and now work as a mental wellness and nutritional therapist.)
I utilize a technique called Mental Emotional Release that helps you release depression, anger, sadness, fear, hurt, guilt, shame, even PTSD within minutes. From there, we work on setting up your life in a way that supports your new goals and perspective on life you want to have.
With improving your nutrition and mindset, you can see positive change. There is hope.
Actionable steps you can take today to help improve your mood
- Have a morning practice listing 3 things you are grateful for and WHY. (Related: Top habits of successful spoonies) The why is key, it helps you have a deeper appreciation for those things.
- Surround yourself with positive people and content; meaning listen to podcasts, read books, watch movies that lift your spirits.
- Nutritionally focus on grass fed beef, wild caught fish, pastured chicken, veggies, nuts/seeds and minimal fruit.
These foods will help lower inflammation in the body, regulate your blood sugar, and begin to heal gut distress. Hint gut distress is a major factor in depression.
Foods like sugar, grains, beans, soy, industrial seed oils (canola, sunflower, safflower, corn, rice bran) and alcohol all contribute to inflammation in the body. (Related: Perfect air fryer salmon recipe from Gigi Eats)
Again this is a trade off. Trade the foods that further mood symptoms for ones that encourage better moods, are anti aging, and help you have more energy. There’s no need to cut out dessert, I have a free paleo ebook all on desserts to help you find great alternatives to the normal comfort foods.
It can be a very tough diagnosis, but I hope these resources for depression help you manage your symptoms and in some cases – completely eliminate it!
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