10 Tips On How To Heal From Depression

I was at a function last week and the discussion turned to the emotional well being of today’s teenagers. Someone in the group mentioned that they knew of 5 teenagers that had taken their lives in the last year. Adding to that I mentioned how I was also invited to assist with a high school in northern NSW that had 10 students take their lives in the last 2 years.
The sad news is this isn’t confined to teenagers. Its seeping across the whole of society. We have more affluence than we have ever had access to in the history of humankind and yet we have such unbelievable levels of depression and suicide rates. I know that statement means carries little weight though. I know what its like to be deeply depressed and contemplating if life was worth living, and having access to affluence didn’t mean a thing to me. I recall being curled up in a ball on my bed, in a dark misery and self loathing, thinking of the option of not living through this. At one point I was trying to think of all the reasons why I should be happy to help get me out of this state. I had a multiple 6 figure salary, a secure job, a beautiful home, a stable family upbringing, good relationships and on paper an ideal lifestyle. Yet I was miserable. I was deeply depressed. I contemplated not living.
Depression can hit anyone. Young, old, rich, poor. You name it. And yeh, it’s brutal when it comes knocking. There are many factors that contribute to depression as presented here from the Lifeline web site:
* Relationship problems or conflict – e.g. separation/divorce, difficult/abusive relationship
* Job loss, especially long-term unemployment
* Loneliness or feeling isolated
* Excessive drug or alcohol use
* Having another family member who has depression
* Having a serious physical illness
* Changes in how the brain functions
* Personality factors – e.g. anxiety, low self-esteem
Ultimately the end result is that there are low levels of oxytocin and serotonin in the body which leads to a feeling of sadness, depression, emptiness and disconnectedness. The good news there is a way out of that dark abyss. Admittedly there is no magic pill (some doctors may think otherwise) but with a holistic approach there is every possibility that one could come out depression and live a lighter, happier existence. Here are some steps that I took that helped me find my way out of depression:
  1. Daily meditation. This plays a huge part in me feeling happier again. When you are stressed and anxious your body doesn’t produce the happy biochemicals of serotonin and oxytocin. It will produce cortisol, and adrenaline which cuts off your happy chemicals. So the first step is to start finding ways to remove the stress response in the body and meditation will help enormously with that. You can use an app, online programs or ideally, find a qualified meditation teacher who will take you through the steps of learning to meditate.
  2. Regular exercise. This has been scientifically proven to change your biochemicals and increase your happy chemicals in your body. (Black Dog trial ) Not only is exercise good for the increase in happy biochemicals it also is a great release of stress which leads to calmer healthier body and better sleep.
  3. Yoga and stretching. Sitting in a chair most of the day and being stressed will tighten up the body and block the flow of energy through the body. Yoga and stretching will open up the body, calm the mind and realign the body back into a healthier space
  4. Avoid negative media and dark depressing movies and books. Where you attention goes it grows. So if we put our mind on negative depressing content, our mind and body will start to align with the energy of that.
  5. Get off technology and get into nature. Shutting down our phones, iPads, laptops and nature bathing is a powerful way to elevate your energy. When we are in forests, oceans, meadows…anywhere in fresh air and in the simplicity of nature, we start to sync into that local environment which will leave you elevated and enlivened.
  6. Get some natural supplements into you. The American Agriculture Association admitted that there is 60% less minerals and nutrients in our fruit and vegetables than in the 1960’s due to the amount of over farming in the last few decades. Not only that, society in general is eating less fruit and vegetables and more processed food. Boosting your food with supplements with vitamins, minerals and herbs can make a big difference to your moods. For professional advice on this seek out a naturopath in your local village or even try online.
  7. Speaking of foods, stick with more locally grown fruit and vegetables from your growers market, and eat plenty of clean organic live food possible. Avoid greasy fatty foods, processed foods, gluten, caffeine, alcohol and refined sugars where possible.
  8. Sleep! Sounds sensible however we are now sleeping on average less than we ever have. Sleep plays such an important role in healing your mind and body from the stress response and increasing your feeling of wellbeing. I’m all for the afternoon nap just for 20 mins also if you can fit one in.
  9. Open Up To Family and Friends. You may feel like withdrawing from the world, but it’s those precious relationships that make all the difference. When you share your vulnerability and connect, it deepens the bond with them and builds love. There are people in your life that care unconditionally for you. Reach out and let them in. (By the way, it’s been proven that hugs increasing serotonin and oxytocin)
  10. Be active. Sitting in a dark room or curling under your doona all day is what you might feel like doing but it’s not going to help you. Get up and get active. Start doing things. Buy some plants and plant them around your suburb. Volunteer at a local charity. Walk someone’s dog. Go to the zoo. Join your local library and read a book. Find a meetup group and join it. Mow someone’s lawn. There are plenty of things we can do each day that will help you lift out of that dark night and move forward.
Depression can not only take control of your life, but it can also affect many people around you. We can heal from depression, but it will require some action. Doing the same thing over and over again won’t bring about a different result. Keep trying new things, see what works for you. If you are suffering depression, it is recommended that you seek professional help. Have someone to talk with. There are many support facilities around the world that are there to help you through this. You don’t need to do this on your own so please reach out to someone for help.

 

Tom is a meditation teacher, author, corporate speaker and personal coach. He provides one on one coaching as well as group coaching in his Zen Academy for Transformational Leadership. To contact Tom about receiving his guidance or booking him to speak at your company click here.

A Video I’d Rather Not Have To Make

It is with deep regret that we recently see another member of our community take their life leaving behind very sad family, friends and colleagues. The ripple effect of this is huge. Their deep depression and ensuing action to end that pain spreads far and wide. This person had been using medication for depression and bi-polar however it wasn’t enough to remove the darkness.
Is there more we can do when we are faced with this dis-ease and dis-connect? What else can we do to support us through these dark times and help us come out the other side into the light?
Check out my short video…

If you are experiencing anxiety, panic or depression then here is my free book to help overcome these. This book reveals a wholistic approach to living a calm, happy and purpose-filled life.

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We Have A Problem..But There’s Good News TOO!

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After my recent travels of late, and meeting a diverse cross section of Australia’s population, it became more apparent to me than ever that we have a problem. A BIG PROBLEM!

In numerous conversations with people in the last 2 weeks, it was revealed to me the extent of how many people are relying on drugs for sleep, anxiety, depression, cholesterol and countless other imbalances. When I asked them what they were doing different other than taking the drugs to remove the imbalance they looked at me with rather bewilderedly.

It’s not their fault, just as I had once done the same. Why? Because I relied on the perspective of the ‘authorities’ that told me this was the best thing for me to do. These guys had done 6 years of medical school right? So they knew what they were talking about. Right?

You have high cholesterol…take a pill.
You have insomnia…take a pill.
You are anxious….take a pill.
You aren’t happy….take a pill.

I even met one woman whose 19 year old daughter was on three different medications for anxiety!

Then I started thinking, if I met this many people in the last 2 weeks that are like this, then how many more are like this across Australia, Canada, USA, UK, China and on and on? It dawned on me that we have a major problem that is perpetuated but the medical and pharma industry. The exciting thing about problems though is that there is always a solution. All that is needed is a little creativity.

I once suffered with many of these imbalances myself, and I discovered that the solution required adaptability. I had to change the model to change the results. I learnt that if I did the same thing over and over again, took a pill, and expected a long term sustainable change, that I was kidding myself. I had to make wholistic changes to my life to expect different results.

My major discovery was that I had simply become imbalanced in my lifestyle, and this resulted in an imbalanced biochemistry and body. When I rebalanced my lifestyle I rebalanced my biochemistry and body. It was simple. I see this time and time again with students of mine. Like Claire who was suffering post natal depression and anxiety for 2 years. Once she changed her lifestyle slightly, the post natal depression and anxiety went away.
She says:
“I am SO THRILLED with the difference it has made to me after suffering from post natal depression and anxiety for the past two years. I am finally enjoying life again.”

So what changes can we make to bring balance back to our mind and body? Here are some tips that could help you get back on to the road of a drug free life that is light, happy and calm:

1. Meditation. Yep this is the biggest and most effective change I’ve seen in my life and my students lives by far once they embrace twice daily meditation. If you aren’t meditating yet and would like to learn then click here.

2. Diet. Our brains are being starved of nutrition because we eat so much food that is devoid of nutrients and minerals. It doesn’t have to be fancy or have any labels to it like ‘paleo’’, ‘vegan’ or ‘raw’. I just keep my eating simple. Wherever possible I eat organic, free of dairy, processing, sugar, gluten, alcohol and caffeine.

3. Strengthening and stretching. Every day I’ll either stretch (yoga) or strengthen (gym workout). Admittedly a most yoga classes will combine both, however I do love my yin yoga which is more stretching.

4. Upgrade your software. Buddha once said “What you think you become.” If you have negative, fearful, angry, or sad thoughts, then this will transfer into your body. Read inspiring positive books, attend positive inspiring talks and workshops, be around positive inspiring people.

5. Be with nature. Every week I will take time out to spend time in nature. Either by the sea, in a forest or in a park. Even just lying on some grass and feeling the support of the Earth below me and looking at the sun and clouds above me creates a huge shift in how I feel.

This is a great foundation for bringing balance back into your life. It never ceases to amaze me how simple it is. But one thing I realized is, it’s requires a holistic approach. If someone tells you they have a magic bullet, the solution to your problem, (and admittedly, many doctors currently believe their little pills are it), then do a little more research. Because we don’t want you ending up like the lady I met last week who was taking sleeping tablets for the last 8 years as prescribed by her doctor!

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What This Man Did To Save His Family

I’d like you to meet a wonderful man, Tony Stephan. He has done something quite remarkable which has not only saved the lives of his family, but thousands of other lives all over the world. In this interview you’ll hear about the journey Tony has been on and how this powerful micronutrient he created is lifting so many people out of depression, bi-polar and anxiety. (Sorry about the quality of the recording, I’ll get it right next time!)

Isn’t it time we rethink our approach to mental health? Are pharmaceuticals really the answer? Or can meditation and these micronutrients for the brain be the solution?

Check this interview out, it’s very enlightening and humbling.

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“I am off all psych-meds and feel right for the first time in my life.” ~ Terry P. California, USA

“My son who is now nine is no longer on psych meds.  What a life he can have now!” ~ Susan R.

“It’s just like a fog lifted and I could see what was right and wrong and how I should be acting.” ~ Joseph Stephan

“In just one day, I no longer wanted to die. Stress, anxiety and depression no longer exist in my life.” ~ Donna J. Alberta Canada

“We decided to try it and it worked.” ~ Dr. Miles Simmons Psychiatrist Brunswick, Maine

“I am bipolar and have been taking Q96 EMPowerplus and nothing else for over four years now. I have not had any episodes at all during that time and no side effects. I feel like I have my life back.” ~ M.F.

“I have an extensive background in mental health, with graduate degrees from Harvard and U.C. Berkeley. I spent 25 years as a clinical social worker and never saw any results with bipolar clients like the results I have had from Q96 EMPowerplus.” ~ P. Silveman Oregon, USA

How Meditation Can Help Cure Depression

Depression is fast becoming a global epidemic. You may have experienced it at some point in your life or know of someone that has. Currently in the USA 1 in every 10 people suffer depression and a recent article from India suggests that for Indian women it is now 1 in 4!

A lot of this is a result of the increase of stress in our lives. In this video I share with you why depression has risen so much in our society and how meditation can help reverse this situation. If you know of anyone that is suffering depression please share this with them and let them know there is hope. And if you have some thoughts on this subject, please share them with us below the video. I’d love to hear from you.

If you’d like to try meditation to help with stress, anxiety or depression, you might like to try my 21 day meditation program called Faster Deeper Bliss.  You’ll receive daily guidance from me PLUS receive 37 support videos, ebooks,  and a yoga video! By the end of this course you will be totally trained in the art of meditation and living a more peaceful happier life.

You’ll also receive 30 days COMPLIMENTARY access to my Inner Sanctum group coaching program.

We receive testimonials like this below every day from all over the world.

“Dear Tom, Just to say you have changed my life! I started meditating with your technique in May of last year. I have been religiously meditating every day. My life has been transformed. I am a better, more peaceful, thoughtful, nicer person. In my 59 years on this planet, I have finally found ‘IT’ ….through you. Thank you.” ~ Kate

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How To Live In The Present Moment

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In today’s article you’ll find out how easy it is to not only jump ahead into the future, but also how to bring yourself back to the present. When you become aware of this you’ll be amazed at how much your body changes when you go from one to the other!

Last week I was driving to my weekly open meditation session that I host each Monday night. As I turned the corner into the last street of my destination I was faced with a sea of buses and brakes lights! It appeared that instead of turning into York St, it looked like I had actually turned into a parking lot! Time ticked away and I wasn’t going anywhere.

My mind started having fun with the situation and began projecting into the future. It started creating scenarios like I was going to be stuck in the traffic for another hour and 50-60 people will be stranded there at the meditation session wondering where I am. That’s when the stress followed. I noticed my heart beat sped up, my skin tightened, my breathing moved up into my chest, no doubt my blood was thickening, I was storing fat in cholesterol and my mind continued to become busier and busier.

In short, I was no longer present and my body was shifting into fight/flight mode. Now I was living in the future and in the future any number of outcomes can be designed by the mind. When we project into the future through the mind, many fantasies are played out which can put your body through all sorts of unpleasant sensations. Within an instant I had gone from a restful calm state to a state of stress and worry about what might unfold in the future. In short my present had changed because of my outlook of the future.

Noticing these unpleasant sensations in my body of mild panic, I decided it was time to reel in the mind and not give it any rope to play with. Reality: I couldn’t change the situation. It was what it was. Question: am I present? Am I living through the senses? What was I seeing, tasting, touching, smelling, hearing and feeling? I observed my mind and set some strict boundaries for it. No more projecting. Stay present. Check out the clouds in the sky, listen to the amazing classical music on the radio, feel the warm of the steering wheel under my skin, taste the clove that I was chewing (yes, I like cloves!).

As soon as I let go of the future and became present it was like the Red Sea. York St opened up and I drove the next 2 kilometres in about 1 minute. There was a park right outside the centre, I walked in and 4 people helped me set up and we started on time!

When we live in the present, with our intentions set, but detached from the outcome, life flows effortlessly. The mind can be a pesky thing and it will do its best to distort your present reality. The mind gets bored in the now and has a lot of fun in the future. But like a little kid without discipline, it will always muck up.

Here are some tips on how to be present:

– Meditate twice a day

– Bring your awareness to the 5 senses: what are you tasting, touching, seeing, hearing and smelling?

– Be conscious of your breath. Is it short and from high up in the chest or slow and from deep down in the belly?

– How are you sitting? Are you slouched and disengaged or sitting upright with awareness?

– Stretch or go to yoga regularly

So next time you’re stuck in traffic and running late for an appointment, you have 2 choices: remain present, or jump ahead into the future. Do some research and let me know how you go. I’m sure one will feel a whole lot better than the other.

To assist y0u with being present this 21 day meditation program called Faster Deeper Bliss is something you might like to consider. It has changed lives all over the world! We receive thousands of testimonials like this one everyday:

“I just want to mention that faster deeper bliss most definitely changed (& still changing!) my life, so thank you” Lisa R
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A 2 Minute Exercise That Will Increase Your Happiness!

 

What if there was a way to increase your happiness by 2 to 4 times within a matter of minutes?

Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?

Well you’ll not only be surprised by the scientific results of this experiment but I expect you’ll probably be moved to tears also!

Once you practice this technique each day you’ll be amazed at how much your life changes. Its simple and yet powerful.

Enjoy this short clip and keep some tissues handy. After the watching this, please share with us below how you felt while doing this..

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  • Over 200 beautiful quotes from global meditation expert, Tom Cronin
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How To Get A Positive Charge

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Ever wondered why you feel elevated after charging through waves in the ocean or standing under a waterfall?

Negative Ions are incredibly good for you, which make them a big positive!

So what are they and how do you get them?

(Stay with me on this) Ions are particles found in the air. They are either molecules or atoms, which bear an electric charge. A negative Ion is an atom (or molecule) that has gained one or more extra negatively charged electrons. (Still with me??)

They are invisible, odourless and tasteless. They are usually created by crashing waves, waterfalls, storms and salt lamps. You can actually buy machines these days that can produce negative ions for your room or house.

Places where there is a depleted level of negative ions are concrete jungles like cities, in air-conditioned offices and inside cars. A controlled study on seasonal affective disorder (SAD), reported in the Archives Of General Psychiatry in October 1998, found negatively charged fresh air to be an effective treatment and prevention for depression. Scientists believe this is because negative ions affect the serotonin levels in the brain, less dramatically (and synthetically) than a prescription anti-depressant.

Negative ions have also been proven to:

  • Relieve stress
  • Increase energy
  • Help reduce air born germs
  • Increase mental clarity
  • Improve blood circulation

So if you want a nice dose of positivity get yourself some negative ions by:

  • standing under a waterfall
  • jumping through some crashing waves
  • turn off wifi and electronics at night
  • install salt lamps in your home
  • have indoor plants in your home
  • dry your clothes in natural sunlight where possible
  • install ionisers in your home

Do you have some other suggestions to increase positive energy in your life? I’d love to hear from you below. If you’d like to try meditating we have our 21 day meditation program which has been changing lives all over the world. Students like Lisa who said: “I just want to mention that faster deeper bliss most definitely changed (& still changing!) my life, so thank you”

We receive thousands of these emails for this program so if you are looking to add meditation to your life this world’s first video based transcending style meditation course is for you. Start today by clicking the button below.

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