At the Harmonizing Academy we believe each individual on this planet has been designed with a unique set of talents and gifts. Whilst these gifts are familiar to some of us, many of us are still lost as to what our purpose really is in life. This constant state of cluelessness can unknowingly lead to periods of confusion, depression and sadness, leaving us lost and in a dark place, which feels hard to come out of.
Low mood, anxiety and depression can creep into our lives, often striking during our darkest moments. Although it is quite healthy to have the occasional cry and a moan, constantly feeling sad is no way for anyone to live.
Remaining in a constant state of sadness or depression silently eats into our soul, removing our ability to shine and appreciate the great things we have going for us in life. If you are feeling depressed or constantly sad, your feelings are trying to tell you something. Your emotions are a direct response to the imbalance between your spirit (true self) and the choices you are making right now.
If for some reason you are holding your true self back, putting your true self down, allowing others to control you, living in the past or fearing the future, then breaking the constant mind chatter through mindfulness and learning to listen to the voice of your heart will help you to break the chains of sadness, low mood and depression.
At The Harmonizing Academy, we help you connect with your true feelings and work out what they may be secretly trying to tell you. Through self-awareness, self-love and self-compassion we can begin to recognise the infinite blessings and possibilities in our lives.
Life itself is the greatest gift and although it may be easier to just give up and lay in bed, you will be amazed the difference that even the smallest steps make in lifting our mood.
A great technique for treating yourself better is by nurturing your inner child. Imagine you had the 5 year old version of you in your care. When you think about yourself this way, you are more likely to make more loving and compassionate choices for yourself. Ideally, you will want to make every effort to keep this little child healthy, safe and feeling loved. By connecting with your inner child, you can begin to learn what kinds of things hurt it and from your aware-self you can then start making conscious choices on how to look after yourself which will impact your inner peace of mind and happiness. When you nurture your inner child, you find ways to move energy, give yourself what you need and you learn to listen to your body.
How tough are you on yourself?
The following ways are great simple steps to help you begin your self-nurturing:
Drinks a cup of hot tea, wear comfortable clothes, have a bubble bath, get a massage, get a manicure, light candles, read a children’s book, wash your hair, read a magazine, wrap up in a blanket, watch a comedy show, drive with the windows down.
Many scientists believe that more physically active people have greater general feelings of excitement and enthusiasm than less-active people. This is because exercise stimulates the release of many of the brain chemicals such as endorphins thought to be in low supply when someone is battling depression.
Movement is a great way to lift your mood and take away sad feelings that leave you stagnant and unproductive.
How much do you move your body?
The following ways are great simple steps to help you begin your movement process: Take a walk, wash dishes, stretch, dance in your living room, iron some clothes, buy flowers, go to the park, plant something, jump rope, drive to a new town, have a swim, have a walk in the malls, go for a jog, ride a bike.
The word creativity often comes with images of art, fashion and design, however being creative’ doesn’t just mean being good at art, creativity is something that helps stimulate our mind to come up with new ideas or even solve a simple puzzle. Creativity can also be the artistic expression of your true self.
When we express ourselves creatively and without judgement, it can feel like a cleansing and refreshing experience. To paint, dance sing or draw whilst no one is watching allows the Spirit to express itself through you. This experience moves stagnant energy in the body and helps us move through difficult experiences of low mood, sadness and depression.
The following ways are great simple steps to help you begin your creative process: Doodle, invent something, paint, play an instrument, play a board game, think of new business ideas, creative new food recipes, sign up for a cooking course, write a song or poem, create a new outfit, learn a new skill.
In today’s society, we have been conditioned seek completeness in materialistic things out there in the world, rather than attaining a deep sense of connectivity, peace or meaning within. The success of buying a house, the success of marriage and the success of being wealthy give many of us the status we desire however the challenge we face is that although many of these successes come with added benefit, they are not a guarantee to long life, peace and happiness.
We have all heard the saying that ‘money doesn’t buy happiness’ and quite often feelings of sadness and depression can be a result in or be a cause of a dysfunctional relationship with our Higher Self, God or The Universe.
When we make efforts to realign our spiritual connection we can heal feelings of loneliness, separation, emptiness or sadness. The following ways are great simple steps to help you begin your spiritual process:
Meditate, attend a yoga class, spend time alone in nature, practice mindfulness, spending time with spiritual friends.
Many people love being alone and find great solitude and happiness when left in their own company, however, for many others staying alone may be their way to hide sadness from the world. Social support is a big factor in depression recovery and prevention. Many scientists believe that a positive social support system helps boost serotonin, a chemical that can positively affect our mood.
The following ways are great simple steps to help you begin the socialising process:
Call or visit a friend, make a gift for someone, visit a nursing home, meet a friend for lunch, bake bread for a neighbour, organize a card game. Volunteer.
Engage Your Brain
Engaging your brain is one of the most important steps to overcoming sadness and depression. When we engage our brain in a task or activity, we reduce the brain activity that keeps the mind wandering or obsessing over certain bad experiences or those things that keep us in a constant state of sadness.
Marcus E. Raichle, a neuroscientist at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis states that “When healthy people engage in a very focused activity, they in a sense, lose themselves,”. “If you really are engaged in something, you kind of forget yourself, and that loss of self corresponds to the deactivation we observe in brain scans of the default network. But that doesn’t seem to happen in the brains of people with depression.”
The following ways are great simple steps to help you begin the brain engagement process: Do a crossword, research a topic, learn a new skill, read a good book, write a story, organize something, play a word game, listen to a teaching tape, visit a bookstore.