Mindfulness Can Help Refocus and Renew our Minds
It’s #worldhealthday and the World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing on fighting depression this year.
"Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015" (WHO).
These are our loved ones, our neighbors, and people in our community. Learn more so you can help those who may be struggling with this illness. Novo Life Counseling also specializes in working with those who struggle with depression and is ready to talk with you — you are not alone and your life DOES MATTER!
WE NEED TO START THINKING POSITIVELY
According to the Mayo Clinic (2014), researchers continue to explore the affects of positive self-talk, finding it can lead to:
Increased life span
Lower rates of depression
Lower levels of distress
Greater resistance to the common cold
Better psychological and physical well-being
Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
It's unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It's also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don't smoke or drink alcohol in excess.
NEED TO DE-STRESS?
We all need to hear the words or tell ourselves that WE MATTER. One of the most common questions we get asked is, how do you de-stress? Through a lot of trial and error, we have learned what works best for us and it is different for everyone.
Self-care is about taking time for YOU. It is unique for everyone. It is taking the time to care for your body, your soul, and your mind. It re-charges you, renews you, and leaves you feeling refreshed. It can be doing something that brings you joy like, traveling, spending quality time with friends, working out, eating healthy, meditating, resting or adventuring out in nature. Whatever it is for you, I challenge you to good self-care.
Don't let a busy life be your excuse. Heavy workload or stress can have lasting affects on the body which is why it is so important to make time to care for yourself.
It's worth it...You're worth it!
DON'T LET BAD WEATHER TAKE YOU DOWN
Are you feeling overwhelmed, tired, depressed, or have low energy? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is real and can have a
"Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur, but are much less common than winter episodes of SAD." (NIMH, 2016).
The University of Washington provides reasons why the cloudy, dark and rainy weather may be having an effect on your emotions and overall health. Take these steps to deal with your winter blues and maintain a balanced mood throughout the year!
Light Therapy* is a free service provided by: UW Counseling Center (206-543-1240) or, Hall Health (206-543-5030).
Contact your personal physician, or Novo Life Counseling for assistance with additional referral resources.
*Please consult with your physician or mental health counselor before purchasing a light therapy box.
TOO MUCH STRESS IN YOUR LIFE?
Jobs are stressful, families are stressful, school is stressful, life is stressful. So, how do you cope with all of this stress?
Managing your stress and the anxiety related to stress is key in preventing more serious health problems from happening later on down the road.
Stress management includes three healthy everyday habits:
1. SLEEP WELL
2. EAT WELL
3. EXERCISE WELL
SLEEP WELL. Prepare yourself for better sleep by doing things that relax your mind, like reading a book! According to the National Sleep Foundation (2015), exposure to light, such as watching TV, stimulates a nerve pathway from the eye to parts of the brain which may prevent you from getting a good night's sleep and increase the risk of depression.
EAT WELL. Eating well is just as important! Try choosing clean, whole foods with little sugar. For helpful tips check out this blog: sofreshNsogreen.com. She is a Holistic Health and Wellness coach and blogger who has made some amazing dishes for me!
EXERCISE WELL. Exercising daily, even if it's just a short walk will promote physical health. According to the CDC (2015), regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. I know there never seems to be enough hours in the day, but I have learned that it is better to take a short 10-minute walk around the neighborhood then not at all.
YOU MATTER. Make time for yourself, rest and relax. Do the things that bring you joy or fill you up so that you are not running on empty. Even if it means scheduling time for YOU in your calendar, so that you don't get overwhelmed by your "to do" list.
I have learned the importance of SAYING NO. Taking on too much will only worsen the stress or cause you to take it out on others.
TALK IT OUT. Find a friend, a counselor, or someone you can trust to talk about the stress in your life and what is causing it.
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