How to beat depressionInspired Stillness
After many years of suffering from depression I am now overcoming it with the help of spirituality and medicine. It has been my experience that it is best to accept any illness and deal with it as quickly as possible to stop it from getting worse. Sometimes we are not powerful enough to overcome mental health problems alone and need the support of medicines. It takes courage to go and seek medical attention.
Depression is caused by continued negative thoughts which eventually make you feel unhappy more and more often and cause a negative spiral to start acting in your life. I have learned that according to spiritual laws we attract what we think about, so negative thinking attracts negative situations and negative people. Apart from taking medicines, the following actions definitely helped to beat depression.
- A good understanding of spiritual knowledge is the basis for leading a happy, independent and successful life. A lack of spiritual faith and of following spiritual principles is one reason for depression. At the Brahma Kumaris you can learn all about God and experience Him in meditation based on this understanding. You can then take power and help from Him to change your life. And it’s free of charge to learn meditation with this spiritual group.
- Use the power of meditation to heal your mind and uplift yourself. It is important to create positive thoughts, to slow down the speed of your thoughts and to get more control over the mind. You could use positive affirmations such as “success is my birth right”, “I’m a master almighty authority over my thoughts” and “I am full of spiritual strength”. Take 30 minutes every morning and evening to reflect on spiritual knowledge. This will improve your concentration and give you more personal power.
- Surround yourself with positive people and those who uplift you. We exchange vibrations through eye contact so it’s very easy to pick up positive vibrations. Being around positive people will help you to learn valuable life skills. It will also show you new ways of thinking and being. Being around those who uplift you is also very important as that will boost your energy levels and confidence.
- Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid which is converted in our bodies into serotonin, a neurotransmitter, or chemical in the brain. Low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin can cause depression (www.brainnutrition.co.uk). Our bodies can’t produce tryptophan, so we need to get it through our food. This means protein and tryptophan-rich foods – such as beans and seeds – can be most effective when eaten alongside slow-release carbohydrates.
Several scientific studies have shown links between low levels of B vitamins and psychiatric disorders. The B vitamin folate (better known as folic acid) is thought to be essential for preventing depression. The best foods to increase your intake of folic acid include yeast extract, green vegetables (just lightly cooked), and beans and pulses again.
The food we eat really affects the mind as vibrations are transmitted to the food during cooking. Remembering God whilst doing your cooking will put good vibrations into the food. You could also try listening to some spiritual music whilst cooking to improve the atmosphere.
- Volunteering is a good way to improve those karmic ‘accounts’. Depression is linked with being in spiritual ‘debt’, – when you take more from a system than you are put in – just like how a bank account works. We are beings who need to share and to use our talents and qualities to help others. Bringing joy to the lives of others will bring you happiness in return.
These methods are proving successful for me. I now know to make a meaningful connection with God and this is a constant source where I get solutions to my obstacles. Volunteer work is now also an important element in my life. I have had more than 10 operations on this body due to illness so if I can be positive, you can do it too!
You may find the following Brahma Kumaris products particularly helpful:
Happiness Unlimited (DVD)
Soul Consciousness (CD)
365 Days of Wisdom by Dadi Janki (Book)
Stepping into Happiness by Dadi Janki (book)
However, there are many other resources also; the important thing is to make a start.