These views on Depression are based on Traditional Chinese Medicine since this is my main focus of study and work.
Depression is a condition of energy depletion … it is possible to lose perspective and project depression onto unrelated areas of life, thinking that you are depressed because of this or that condition, instead of understanding the real cause: energy depletion … If you can accept and open to depression, you will recharge your energy reserves instead of suppressing the depression with self-rejection, such as becoming depressed about the depression. ~ John Ruskan, Emotional Clearing.
Depression is one of the most common health problems in all age groups. Depression signals that something in your life is out of balance and needs your attention.
Symptoms of depression are self-absorption, dwelling on sadness, emptiness and how awful life feels.
Physical symptoms are poor concentration, decreased sex drive, changes in weight, appetite, and sleep patterns. Sluggish metabolism and shallow breathing.
Negative views develop such as hopelessness about the future, discouragement, and feelings of worthlessness.
Factors contributing to depression, include environmental and social stress, lack of purpose, nutrition and eating habits, medical conditions, chronic pain, personality traits, hormone imbalance and changes in brain chemistry and genetics.
Some people need antidepressant medication.
In TCM (traditional chinese medicine) and Qigong, we learn various acupressure points to release emotional distress. There are other techniques used in Qigong as well such as needleless acupuncture, healing sounds, inner smile, qi massage, and so many more.
QUICK TIPS FOR DEPRESSION
1. Hold Your Heart: Sit comfortably in a chair, or kneel on the floor. Place the heel of your hand on the center of your breast-bone to hold the Sea of Tranquility (CV 17). Place your other hand over this hand to support your chest firmly. Tuck your head as you bend and relax your upper body down and forward. Begin long, slow, deep breathing with your eyes closed for two minutes.
2. Deep Breathing Meditation – it’s a technique I teach my clients
3. Finger Position – a technique that I teach my clients
4. Hot & Cold Shower – yes I was surprised to learn this one too! LOL. After a shot shower, decrease the water temperature as low as you can tolerate. Cold water stimulates the nerves close to the surface of the skin and is rejuvenating. (However women who are menstruating or pregnant should keep themselves warm.)
5. Acupressure Journal: a technique I teach my clients
Click here for a really good article an five natural ways to manage depression.