There are many different ways to get relief from common mental health symptoms that do not involve the use of medication.
Research shows that medication is not as effective as lifestyle changes in relieving the symptoms of mild to moderate depression.
By understanding the impact of food as medicine we can change the way our brain functions in ways that support good mental health.
Sedentary lifestyle + poor diet = anxiety and depression
Small changes can have a big impact on your life. There are simple changes that I can help you incorporate that will help you make big changes.
Yoga has been found to be one of the most effective trauma treatments identified to date. I can teach you yoga poses that will soothe your senses and your system.
"Common effects of stress. Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. ... Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes." -Mayo Clinic
The effects of stress tend to build up over time. Taking practical steps to manage your stress can reduce or prevent these effects. According to the National Institute for Mental Health there are many ways to manage stress:
Recognize the Signs of your body's response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, increased alcohol and other substance use, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy.
Talk to Your Doctor or Health Care Provider. Get proper health care for existing or new health problems.
Get Regular Exercise. Just 30 minutes per day of walking can help boost your mood and reduce stress.
Try a Relaxing Activity. Explore stress coping programs, which may incorporate meditation, yoga, tai chi, or other gentle exercises. For some stress-related conditions, these approaches are used in addition to other forms of treatment. Schedule regular times for these and other healthy and relaxing activities. Learn more about these techniques on the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) website at (www.nccih.nih.gov/health/stress).
Set Goals and Priorities. Decide what must get done and what can wait, and learn to say no to new tasks if they are putting you into overload. Note what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.
Stay Connected with people who can provide emotional and other support. To reduce stress, ask for help from friends, family, and community or religious organizations
The article The Psychology & Science of Decorating: Understanding the 5 Ways We Experience a Room by Carol Purnell discusses five elements in design. She sites the importance of the senses, time and movement, reasoning, emotion and the expectations we hold for a room as important components for creating a space conducive to good health.
According to the WebMD article Using Color to Create an Emotionally Healthy Home "proponents of color psychology believe that the colors you use to decorate your home can have a profound effect on the emotional well-being of you and your family." Color is a powerful design tool that can make the rooms in your home feel more calm, cheerful, comfortable or dramatic.
Feng Shui is a practice based on the idea that our homes are a mirror of what's happening inside us. The purpose of feng shui is to get your environment in alignment with who you are and where you want to go—to harmonize your energy with your home's energy.
By carefully considering what you bring in, how you arrange your rooms, and how you maintain the place you can have a big impact on how your home feels. Everything has energy, even inanimate objects. It is often more important to look at what you remove than what you add. Clutter has a very detrimental effect on the energy and function of a room.
Scent can be used to uplift mood, calm the spirit or foster communication. There are a variety of ways you can use scent to change the mood of your home; oil diffusers, plug ins, incense, and potpourri to name a few.
According to the Science of Us "While there’s a need for larger scale, more thoroughly designed research, studies indicate that a yoga practice helps in treating depression and anxiety (in multiple meta-analyses), managing stress, and improving the well-being of cancer survivors." See the article link here Science of Us
Together we can change how you experience your life and your world!