Everyone has a story to tell. In other words, everyone has a Hero’s Journey to fulfill. It is possible to have this Journey cut short from all kinds of road blocks like accident, sudden death or depression.
You still have a story to tell, but now it would be told as a tragedy. Our folklore is full of stories where the Hero couldn’t finish the mission he or she set out for. As a human, we do no have much control over accidents or the Grim Reaper’s decision, but we can strive to get over depression.
An alternative way to shake the blues and stay on track of your purposeful life is incorporating habits that aid your mind to stay calm yet alert. Here are some way to achieve that:
1. Food: Many of the brain foods have been proven to help with depression. Fish has a long-standing reputation as the brain food, and two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish — eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — are thought to have the most potential to benefit people with mood disorders.
Saffron studies, while still preliminary, show potential for use of this ancient spice in combatting mild-moderate depression.
Tea has been demonstrated to have a correlation between drinking tea and a decreased risk of depression. According to this study, green tea consumption increases dopamine and serotonin, which has been linked to reducing symptoms of depression.
Black tea is helpful also, due to its L-theanine presence. According to the study, l-theanine has multiple beneficial effects on depressive symptoms, anxiety, sleep disturbance and cognitive impairments in patients with MDD.
A standard (200ml) cup of black tea was found to contain the most l-theanine (24.2±5.7mg) while a cup of green tea contained the least (7.9±3.8mg).
Magnesium helps with depression, according to this study: Role of magnesium supplementation in the treatment of depression: A randomized clinical trial.
2. Meditation: Monks are known to drink tea to enhance their meditation practice, and depression is not a trendy disease among them.
Scientists have shown that the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC or the “me center:) becomes hyperactive in depressed people. Another brain region associated with depression is the amygdala, or “fear center.” These two regions work together to cause depression. Research has found that meditation helps break the connection between these two brain regions.
One study has shown that people who suffer from recurrent depression tend to have a smaller hippocampus. This is another area that meditation helps the brain – protecting the hippocampus. One study showed that people who meditated for 30 minutes a day for eight weeks increased the volume of gray matter in their hippocampus.
3. Strolling: It is often dubbed as the walking meditation, strolling brings the best of both worlds – calm, focus of meditation and a light-aerobic exercise to boost blood flow to the whole body.
4. Aromatherapy: Rose, Orange, Frankincense are some of the essential oils that are helpful in bringing a sense of joy, feeling happy and calm concentration.
5. Sun Gazing while Grounding