Ali’s Health Corner: Topics that Affect Our Health & Wellness
A lot has been coming up in the news about depression and about suicide. Though these are not topics people like to talk about, it’s important to acknowledge that it’s not uncommon for all of us to experience situational depression at some point during our lives—meaning that an event, like a divorce or death, triggers those deeply sad emotions. Those with clinical depression face a more challenging obstacle because it’s not necessarily a situation that initiates or is responsible for their depression, and it can be very difficult to overcome.
This year in general has been a difficult year for many people. Additionally, there is a lot in the world and in our society that is challenging. Negative events strain our mind, body, and spirit, and sometimes it just feels like too much. If that’s where you are, you’re not alone. I have been there myself, and I want to share what I’ve learned in case it may help you or a loved one.
Anchor yourself that you may not be overcome by life’s storms.
Believe in something bigger than yourself. Dr William Sears explains that “Science says spiritual people of all sorts are more likely to have happier brains, healthier bodies, and longer lifespans.*
I’m embarrassed to admit that I used to be a bit judgmental in my youth. I grew up in a religion that trained me that ultimately everyone needed to believe what my religion taught, and then my own personal life storms came and taught me differently. Those experiences showed me that spiritual truth is anything that helps a person become a better person—more kind, more loving, more charitable, more teachable, more authentic. It doesn’t matter what religion good spiritual nuggets come from or whether they come from a religion at all as long as they help an individual become a better person. So if something moves you to your highest self, embrace it!
You were meant to be. Don’t give up!
There was a time in my life I almost gave up. I’m glad I didn’t. There have been utterly beautiful moments and miracles since then. Trials and painful situations end. They do. Keep holding on.
Keep moving forward even if you don’t feel like it.
You may not know how things are going to work out when things aren’t going well, but they will if you keep moving forward. Remember that “When you come to the edge of all the light you have known and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: either you’ll be given something to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.” (Unknown).
Fill your mind for the first 30 minutes each morning with positive things.
This creates that positive set point for the rest of your day. You’ll feel better, have more patience, and experience deeper inner peace. Listen to inspirational videos or talks online. Here’s an example of a 15 minute one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He218LVmvw8
Don’t forget to laugh, especially at yourself.
Laughter is medicine for the body. It releases endorphins, forms bonds, and increases brain connectivity. ** Watch funny movies or find a humorous friend to hang out with.
Keep flow in the body.
Flow is health. Blockage is disease. Massage is a powerful way to maintain this flow. Massage is even known to significantly decrease stress and depression according to the Mayo Clinic. Stress accounts for many illnesses. “A 60-minute massage lowers cortisol—the stress hormone by an average of 30 percent…and increases serotonin [the happy hormone] by 28 percent.” This combination boosts the body’s “ability to fight off pain, anxiety and feelings of sadness.”*** Check out the monthly massage special below if you, a family member, or friend could use some de-stressing.
Namaste (which means the light in me honors the light in you),
Master Certified Health and Wellness Coach/The Spa Manager & Director