The stress and strain of today's troubled
economy and the long cold winter months can have a negative effect
on some people's emotional state. Even though the days are starting
to get longer, daylight is still short which can leave one feeling
out of sorts.
You may not feel as alert as you normally do or have a "fuzzy" feeling
of low energy or even confusion. If you have trouble prioritizing
small tasks or have difficulty making decisions that are routinely
easy, like what groceries to buy or when to top off the car's gas
tank, this could all point to signs of depression.
All of us get the blues at some point in our lives, but it is important
to recognize the signs of depression like sad feelings, unexplained
crying, apathy, poor job performance and for individuals in school,
declining grades. Those with any of these depression signs may benefit
from some level of therapy or medication.
Being proactive about your mental health and taking care of yourself
can help alleviate depression and mood swings. Engaging in exercise,
going for a walk or meeting friends or family for coffee or some fun
activity are recommended mood boosters. It is important to eat a balanced
diet, get enough rest at night, do nice things for yourself or find
a hobby to help occupy your time.
A treatment that is being used more and more for depression is hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a very effective and versatile tool for focusing the mind
and using the power of suggestion to change behavior in ways you desire.
In fact, hypnotherapy has been recognized as a powerful therapeutic
practice by the American Medical
Association since 1958.
"Hypnotherapy can help you begin to move in a positive direction and
take steps towards healthier behaviors with uplifting and mood-shifting
activities," says Dr. Cynthia Davis
of the Hypnosis Clinic of Indiana. "Through
hypnotherapy you can learn coping skills to relieve anxiety and overcome
Seeking professional help for depression
is an increasingly common practice. According to Davis, people should
not feel anxious about seeing a therapist or taking medication if
needed for depression.
"Depression is a highly treatable illness," adds Davis. "The most
important thing is to connect with a professional who can help you
restore emotional balance, peace and happiness in your life."