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What Does Depression Have to Teach Us?

Rumination: pencil drawing by Kimberly Rex

With depression, it is more likely that you move less, have less energy, and need to withdraw from your usual activities of life. You may feel more fatigued, and have a greater sense of emotional, mental, or physical pain. Depression is one of the ways that the body-mind system deals with pain. Downtime, resting, removing yourself from overstimulation so that you can just be to disconnect from the overwhelm, is also an invitation to listen to the wisdom of your body-mind system to heal.

   In this rapid-paced world does not give much space for downtime. It is difficult to be able to just be. The importance put on achievement, making a living, and the pursuit of happiness can, in fact, lead to a disconnect from what is nourishing to your body-mind-system for healing the places in your life where you need the time to heal according to Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D.

 Depression is a signal that indicates that you are needing time and space to recover and integrate information, emotions, beliefs, input from others, trauma or stressful situation in your life. It takes time, space, and nurture. It also needs your permission. Fear can sometimes make it difficult to begin.

The Drive for Success and the Pursuit of Happiness

“In Fromm’s culminating work, To Have or To Be? (1976), he contrasts the depressing impact of a modern consumer culture built on having mode (greed, acquisition, possession, aggressiveness, control, deception, and alienation from one’s authentic self, others, and the natural world) versus the joyful being mode (the act of loving, sharing, and discovering, and being authentic and connected to one’s self, others, and the natural world).” ~Bruce E. Levine, Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy

  The drive for earning money and the pursuit of happiness can be ideological, as much as a cage unto itself. Is it fair to say that you are always supposed to be happy? Or, that the self-absorption it takes to compete and earn financial worth is a reasonable substitute for inner value? These tenets have become entrenched beliefs that do not acknowledge your unmet needs, feelings, and emotions. They allow little or no tolerance for any sense of discomfort or sense of real values. The kind of value that embraces all of the wisdom of your heart so you can speak your truth or connect to others, nature, life, your gold standard for communication or True Self is minimized or destroyed in these beliefs and attitudes about life. This leads to a sense of hopelessness, demoralization, and expandability.

The Impact of Long Term Depression

Long-Term Depression can be toxic leading to issues in neurochemistry, immune deregulation, inflammation, sleep disruption, and depressive illness.  In the Western World, since the Industrial Revolution, there has been radical change in lifestyle, daily habits, family systems, communities, diet, social interaction, and level of physical activity according to Stephen Ilardi.  With those changes, he notes that antidepressant use has gone up over 300% in the last 20 years.

Healing Depression by Changing Lifestyle Choices 

  • Increasing Level of Activity like walking 30 minutes 3x per week
  • Omega 3 Fats nourishes your brain as an anti-inflammatory agent
  • Healthy Sleep to improve mood, hormone production, and detoxification
  • Social Connection decreases the stress response
  • Sunlight and Light Therapy is anti-depressive, and also affect your vision, breath, posture, heart health, movement, energy, and sense of well-being.  The best time to do this is during Spleen time for D3 production which is 10-11 AM
  • Anti-Ruminative Activity: Meditation, shared activity with someone else,  engaging solo activity like a video, playing music, reading, cooking, a hobby you enjoy, writing out your thoughts, changing scenery, or getting up to take a brief walk like in nature allow you to get off the gerbil wheel of automatic negative thinking.

How Resonance Repatterning Supports Healing Depression

 In working with clients who are dealing with depression in Resonance Repatterning sessions, it is primary to first build and nurture the person’s vital energy system.  It takes energy to address, acknowledge, and transform challenges in your life consciously.  Sessions work with resonance muscle-checking by phone or in-person to identify specific resources and actions you need for healing your body-mind system including brain waves, emotions, healing inner conflict, unmet needs, while creating positive actions for new possibilities.

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Kimberly Rex, MS is an Advanced Resonance Repatterning®, Person-Centered Expressive Therapist, and Repattern Your Life© Coach who works with clients all over the world by Skype, phone, in-person, or proxy.

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