Finding it hard to stay positive these days?
Science is showing us that 1 in 10 people have a form of depression that can be improved by a few simple lifestyle additions that can change brain chemistry.
You probably know people who would appear to be the luckiest folks on the planet, who suffer with the burden of depression, and there are others, with enormous life struggles, who are resilient and happy despite their situations.
Turns out, that’s because depression can have little to do with life circumstances at its origins. It is very often brain chemistry.
Today on Ever Widening Circles (EWC) we celebrate the fact that our options are expanding when it comes to managing our moods and outlook. Science is revealing drug-free options that can improve the lives of some people who suffer from depression!
If your moods seem to be a burden to you or others, see if any of the following suggestions resonates and even if you are naturally a jolly sort, share this with someone you care about who can’t get out of their own way sometimes…
A lot to think about there!
It’s so empowering to learn that we might have a measure of control, especially with the global numbers on depression.
The World Health Organization says that 350 million people around the world live with depression. Apparently, it’s the leading cause of disability worldwide and they also point out that this disability can create havoc for entire families.
The key point: If you lean toward melancholia, it’s important to remember that depression is not a character flaw.
Did you know Abraham Lincoln struggled with depression his whole life and went so far as to take mercury tablets because at the time mercury was thought to be a cure?
Plenty of amazing people throughout history have described living with depression: Sigmund Freud, General William Tecumseh Sherman, J.K. Rowling and Mozart all wrote about their struggles with depressed moods.
Both Winston Churchill and Mark Twain used humor as their antidote to their depression.
Remember that only a doctor can determine whether you need medication to manage your particular brain chemistry, but for some, there may be a measure of control in this!
And now for something very practical…
Have you ever asked yourself if there are a few even simpler places to start when it comes to feeling generally unhappy or fearful about the future?
How about the actual human voices that play in the background of our lives?
Recently I was at a community event and I found myself chatting with friends who were in a “downward spiral” conversation; you know the kind where person after person offers something from the news that proves the world is going to hell in a handbasket.
And when it was appropriate for me to add something, I just disagreed and offered 2 or 3 examples that prove the world is actually getting better. (I’ve written 1,000 articles on the subject now for EWC, so I have some thoughts on the topic!)
But you know, after I put in my two cents the conversation dwindled. They didn’t want to consider that worldview and I thought to myself, “how much of our mindset is created by our own echo chambers?”
Is there is a constant narrative of fear and negativity going on among the friends you keep? Is the negative news cycle playing on the TV, the radio or giving you constant updates on your phone?
Just like gardens, children and friendships, we are constantly nurturing the things we pay attention to.
Careful what you pay attention to!
– Dr. Lynda Ulrich
Our friends, relatives and “news” sources matter when it comes to our worldview.
You probably have more choices than you think when it comes to tuning things out.
If you’d like to jump right into some of the articles I referred to in that conversation with my friends, click here to get to a page that is like our “EWC Welcome Mat” with a great mix of the insights you’ll find here at EWC daily.
Stay open, curious and optimistic.
~ Dr. Lynda
Hop over to our homepage and scroll down there to see some of the kinds of articles that will put a spring in your step.
- Ilardi, Steve. “Brain Chemistry Lifehacks: Steve Ilardi at TEDxKC.” YouTube. TEDx Talks, 5 Oct. 2013. Web. 7 Nov. 2014. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bnniNxqB4w>. ↩