four must do’s for a good mood
Your brain is like the computer controller of the rest of your body, it sends signals, gets feedback, circulates hormones, regulates your nervous system, and much more. Some make an analogy that the brain is like the hardware and the mind like software. Without debate, they work synergistically and your mind relates to your mental state. Sadly though, many people suffer from mental disorders. October 7-13, 2012 is National Mental Health Week though the National Association of Mental Illness ( NAMI ). Depression is said to be the most common mental disorder and one of the world’s leading causes of disability, and affects 350 million people globally according to the World Health Organization. If left untreated depression can lead to suicide, which is now the leading cause of injury mortality and has surpassed motor vehicle traffic deaths. These are just a few things to consider talking to your doctor to help evaluate if there are some imbalances contributing to the feelings of depression.
1. Take Active Vitamins: B vitamins come in many forms and do many functions. They are critical to helping us modulate our stress response. Low levels of folic acid can cause feelings of depression. Some people have low levels of folic acid, either due to a medication depleting it such as oral birth control, low dietary intake, low absorption, or a genetic defect with making it into the active form that your body needs. Consider taking a B vitamin that lists: methylcobalamin (active B12), and 5 MethylTetraHydroFolate (5 MTHF, active folate).
2. Check Your Blood: Getting an annual check up is important to catch things before they get too far gone. Evaluating your thyroid function is important, because if it is not at optimal levels, it can leave you feeling low energy, depressed, overweight, along with feeling cold and losing your hair. There is more than one test to look at though, don’t just rely on TSH, also look at Free T3 and Free T4 which are the hormones your thyroid produces. Anemia can also cause fatigue. Naturopathic Doctors do an excellent job at fully evaluating blood work from a functional not just disease prospective.
3. Take Time to Feel: Life is like a rollercoaster, it is normal to have fluctuations of highs and lows. It is important to take time to feel your emotions, versus suppressing them. Sharing your feelings with friends, family or a counselor is important. Journaling can be helpful to work through some difficult feelings or situations.
4. Forgive: Forgive yourself first and foremost for anything you beat yourself up about. Forgive others. Practicing forgiveness is vital for not only good mental health but overall health too. Try the tapping technique if you are struggling like Emotional Freedom Technique, which is a simple, and effective tool to help clear out anxiety, and aid in other mental or physical pains.
Your mind is what makes you, you and unique, and it is beautiful!