How to Design a Self-Care Prescription for Depression

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As a clinical psychologist, Mary Pipher, PhD, designed “healing packages” for her patients: activities, resources, and comforts to help them recover from trauma. Then, after Dr. Pipher’s book Reviving Ophelia became a runaway best-seller, she herself suffered from an episode of major depression and designed a healing package of her own. “The essence of my personal healing package,” […]

How Yoga Helps with Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction

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Aerobic movement of any kind helps to relieve depression and anxiety by boosting our brain’s dopamine levels and providing endorphins. But some types of exercises are superior for healing chronic conditions, mood disorders, and addiction. Yoga’s therapeutic benefits have been studied in recent decades, with much of the research being in randomized controlled trials — […]

How to Handle a Depression Relapse

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For anyone who has ever been debilitated by severe depression, there is nothing more frightening than the feeling that you’re relapsing into another episode. We chalk up the first few days of angst to a bad stretch and hope it gets better from there. But by the time we’ve hit six weeks of crying spells and the […]

10 Ways to Fight Off the Winter Blues

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  People with Season Affective Disorder (SAD) or the clinical version of the winter blues aren’t the only ones who struggle with the shorter days, colder weather, and the general blah of the winter season. Less sunlight can affect our circadian rhythm, the body’s biological clock that governs certain brain wave activity and hormone production. […]

7 Ways to Ease Holiday Depression

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Yesterday I published last year’s holiday blues piece. Here is this year’s …  For highly-sensitive folks and people predisposed to sadness, the holidays create a perfect storm for depression. There’s the added stress of holiday shopping, decorating, and parties — not to mention dealing with strained family relations; snowball and gingerbread cookies seem to stalk […]

9 Ways to Promote Gratitude In Your Life

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In preparation for the Thanksgiving Holiday! Gratitude is good for us every way you look at it. According to Sonja Lyubomirsky at the University of California, Riverside, it boosts our happiness levels in a number of ways: by promoting the savoring of positive life experiences; by bolstering self-worth and self-esteem and helping to cope with […]

How to Be True to Yourself

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I wrote this post last week when I decided to unload Beyond Blue Foundation to a better owner (Psych Central Community Connection). I do think that learning how to be true to yourself is perhaps the hardest lesson of all. Every once in a while I pull out my one-year sobriety chip, which reads on […]

8 Fall Foods to Boost Your Mood

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Even with its gorgeous foliage and festivities, autumn triggers anxiety and depression for many people. The shorter days and lack of sunlight affect our circadian rhythms; we feel the stress of upcoming holidays; and the claustrophobia of winter is lurking around the corner. I’m not a dietitian, but I’ve learned a lot from experts about food and mood, and I’ve […]

How Hanna Somatic Education® Can Relieve Chronic Pain and Depression

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“You translate everything, whether physical, mental, or spiritual, into muscular tension,” said Australian actor F.M. Alexander. Our nervous system can record our reaction to certain life events, and our muscles can continue to tell that story over and over, and over again. We respond to life events with physical tension. With repetition, reaction to stress, […]