Lifestyle therapies for depression
Some complementary therapies have the same function as exercise – they are both a treatment and a way to enhance your lifestyle. They are also beneficial to those with manic depression and postnatal depression. Everyone – depressed or not – benefits from some form of complete relaxation. Do learn one of these techniques. Don’t look on relaxation as a chore to be completed – you will only add to your depression.
Meditation for relaxation
The deep relaxation and increased mental clarity that meditation brings relieve anxiety and depression.
- Lie on your back on the floor in a quiet, comfortable place. Put a cushion under your neck. The palms of your hands should be outstretched and facing up.
- Close your eyes and consciously relax your whole body, one part at a time.
- Concentrate on your feet and toes. Let them relax. Now focus upon your legs, concentrating on relaxing first your calves and then your knees and thighs.
- Make sure your spine is supple and relaxed with your shoulders as opened out as possible and flat on the floor. let your arms go and relax your hands.
- Concentrate on your breathing. Feel your abdominal muscles become more relaxed as your breathing deepens and slows.
- Let your mind float. Feel your worries floating away out of your body. Allow your spirit to relax. Remain like this for up to 20 minutes, without going to sleep.
- Get up slowly and stretch out your limbs, one by one, and then your back.
Visualization for relaxation
With this therapy, you can choose to focus on positive images and the desired outcome to specific situations. This allows you to cope with your problems and see your way through your depression and eventually to fulfill your potential. What you visualize can become the reality.
- Sit in a comfortable chair or lie on you back on the floor and close your eyes. You may find that you can also do this on a train or bus journey.
- Imagine a scene that spells peace and tranquility – the moors, a seascape or mountains. What matters is that its message is quiet and relaxing.
- Allow yourself to be drawn into your picture and to exclude everything else in your life.
- Now visualize a specific situation and allow your mind the freedom to find the desired outcome, the resolution. Explore different ideas.
- When you get up, do so slowly.
Key Facts: Combating anxiety is a foundation for recovering from depression, panic attacks and phobia. A hypnotherapist can teach you the principles of hypnosis and auto-hypnosis so that you can use the techniques at home. It is extremely helpful to be able to monitor your level of anxiety at any time and in any situation. Taking your own pulse and using biofeedback are ways of doing this.