Statistics show that if you are not the one going through depression, you most likely know someone who is. The latest available numbers show that there are 350 million people in the world who are suffering from depression. That is how widespread this condition is, though mental health specialists say the increased diagnosis is happening thanks to better screening and better understanding of depression
Today, we know more about its signs, symptoms and methods of dealing with it, including the variety of factors that may make a person more prone to depression, such as genetic make-up, childhood trauma, chemical changes in the brain, etc. But what exactly causes it is still pretty much a mystery, and don’t forget that everyone experiences depression differently.
Where does mindfulness fit in? Well, there is time and space for this self-care practice that helps people to stay connected to the present moment.
Take just a few minutes out of each day to bring yourself to a state of calm and wellness and balance your life using a combination of guided meditations and mindfulness techniques. The techniques are a simple, practical relaxation method for anyone.
Regular mindfulness practice may help you to notice when you are at risk and take action or minimize the negative impact and negative and judgemental thinking. However, there is the risk that heightened exposure to the symptoms of the illness could release even more fear and aversion, further lowering the mood.
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Specialists agree that the first step towards recovery should be getting professional support and forming a treatment plan. Then it’s time to introduce mindfulness sessions, short at first, into the therapy.
The best thing to do would be to start engaging in mindful meditation as you are emotionally stable – as this could serve as a shield against negative reactions, and boost your ability to deal with emotionally charged and difficult situations.
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Here’s the plan you can use when a depressive episode starts:
#1. Seek help. Admit that you require care. Your doctor may prescribe certain medications, and/or refer you to a therapist.
#2. Work out a pleasant morning routine. Mornings can be difficult, so have something to look forward to, like your first cup of tea of the day.
#3. Boost your sense of achievement. Every day, do a little something like washing the dishes, doing the laundry, going shopping, etc.
#4. Meet with a friend. Don’t let social isolation consume you, so reach out to a person who makes you feel good at least twice a week.
#5. Don’t forget to get some fresh air.
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