Depression and addiction very often coincide with one another, and for many of us, we are struggling with both at the same time. Working to heal our depression can work wonders for our addiction recovery. There is no magic solution to healing depression, and just like each of us has so many different experiences and symptoms with depression, we each must find our own path to healing. There are some things that help a great number of people, that can help you as well. For many of these, one of the most important things we can do is be consistent with them. When we take healing our depression seriously and commit ourselves to it, we can be pleasantly surprised at how much we can heal ourselves of this very difficult mental and emotional health issue.
Healing from depression is far from a quick fix. For many of us, we have hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies and other biochemical factors that we most likely aren’t aware of that are contributing to our depression and anxiety. We can see huge improvements when we see a doctor or homeopathic specialist in regard to these issues. Be specific about your symptoms, your diet and lifestyle, and any other relevant factors. The answer could be hiding in plain sight, within your body. For example, our digestive system plays a major role in our mental health. Our gut produces the majority of our serotonin, one of the chemicals that contributes to our feelings of happiness and wellbeing. If our digestive health is suffering, it is very likely that our mental health will too.
Exercise is a powerful antidepressant. It increases our serotonin, as well as other happiness-inducing chemicals such as our endorphins and dopamine. There are also mood lifters all around us in the natural world. Sunshine is a natural antidepressant, and when we don’t get enough sunlight we can become deficient in vitamin D, a common factor in Seasonal Affective Disorder. The negative ions in water can lift our spirits, so a visit to the beach can do wonders for our depression and anxiety. Grounding exercises such as walking barefoot on the earth and hugging trees can help with our depression and feelings of being imbalanced and uncentered.
For many of us, our depression comes from the mindsets we’ve adopted and developed over many years. We believe we are inadequate, for example, and this greatly contributes to our feelings of worthlessness and despair. We suffer from low self-esteem, self-hatred and lack of self-worth, all of which contribute to depression. Working to shift these mindsets by creating new beliefs for ourselves can do wonders for our depression. “I am good enough. I love myself. I am beautiful. I am loved.”
We can work with you to heal from your addictions and any coexisting mental health issues you might be struggling with. Call 888-570-7154 for more information.