Month: February 2017

Depression: 7 Ways to Conquer The Sadness

Depression is a harrowing mental illness that affects an estimated 350 million people worldwide. Many people develop depression due to different circumstances and situations in life that may cause grief, pain, and stress. Although it is extremely difficult to deal with and very hard to overcome, it is not impossible. Here are 7 ways that you can conquer depression:

Depression: 7 Ways to Conquer The Sadness

  1. Set goals. Setting goals can help to bring about the feeling of accomplishment. When you accomplish a goal, you feel better about yourself as well as the future ahead. No matter how big or small the goal, it still counts towards your healing. Just remember that any progress is better than no progress at all.
  2. Eat healthily. Making healthy choices when depressed is of extreme importance since it can aid you in feeling better both physically and mentally. Eating a balanced diet can greatly decrease the chances of your depression worsening, as well as the risk of developing other mental disorders. Avoiding fried foods, foods high in fat, and high in sugar, is best as they only add to the problem and not the solution.
  3. Exercise. Working out is a guaranteed way to improve your mood, as well as your overall well-being. Studies have shown that exercising triggers the release of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are known as the “feel good” chemical as they help to relieve pain and prompt feelings of pleasure and euphoria.
  4. Spend time with loved ones. Spending time with people who care about you can lift your spirits and alleviate stress. Being around loved ones helps you to feel support, all while giving you hope and strength to continue on your journey of healing.
  5. Take a trip. Getting away to see a new part of the world is always exciting. No matter how close or how far the trip, taking time away for yourself and discovering something new gives you the opportunity to relax, recharge, and most importantly, have a good time.
  6. 6. Stay optimistic. Staying positive is essential in the healing process. Shifting to a more positive perspective rather than thinking negative can help to bring about a healthier and more joyous outlook on life. Not only can this build confidence, but this will build the determination needed to push forward.
  7. 7. Try a new hobby. Trying out a new hobby is not only fun but it also helps you to discover new talents and learn new things. Involving yourself in new activities can give you feelings of gratification, revitalized energy, and even fulfillment. For ideas on hobbies that can help you overcome depression, check out this link.

Despite how things may seem, depression doesn’t last forever. So remember to take it one day at a time, never give up, and good things are coming your way! Contact us to learn more about how you can overcome depression.

Seeking Counseling When Family Member Is Addicted

One of the realities of the times we are living in is dealing with drug addiction within our family. While it is the cruelest fact of life for the addicted one, it is also often called a “Family Disease” as it affects everyone who loves the person who is struggling with drugs or alcohol.

Seeking Counseling When Family Member Is Addicted

The only thing the family eventually figures out, for sure, is that they can’t really do much. It doesn’t matter what they try. Nothing will work until their loved one wants help. Sometimes this can take years or may never happen at all. The family, at some point, realizes that this constant stress is affecting their own health. They have no choice but working on achieving health and vitality for themselves. As hard as it is, they have to find some way to ‘Dance in the Rain’ and keep themselves healthy through it all. This is also the case for many other major life events that we can’t control. Families face divorce, illness, caring for aging parents, death in the family, and the list goes on.

They have no choice but working on achieving health and vitality for themselves. As hard as it is, they have to find some way to ‘Dance in the Rain’ and keep themselves healthy through it all. This is also the case for many other major life events that we can’t control. Families face divorce, illness, caring for aging parents, death in the family, and the list goes on.

A good start for the struggling family member is to see their doctor make sure their blood pressure, blood sugar and their general health is on the right track. Sometimes stress causes heart palpitations, headaches, stomach pain and other symptoms that could be serious. It is easy to neglect your physical health when you are under any kind of stress.

Just as important as physical health is mental health. While dealing with an addicted family member is to seek counseling for yourself. It will allow you to deal with the family addiction issues. Learning coping techniques and understanding can truly make a world of difference.

Another thing that may help you is to intentionally live in the moment. Regrets of the past and worrying about the future will always be there but try to minimize them. This can aide in establishing peace of mind.

If you find yourself in the middle of a “family disease” due to addiction please contact us.  We are here to help you through it.