5 Ways Of Dealing With Depression Without Drugs

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5 Ways Of Dealing With Depression Without Drugs


Feng Shui can be used to help alleviate depression and feelings of being "stuck," which are so common in today's society. Often, an individual just needs a gentle nudge to return to his correct path, where he can be his true self.

I should know; I've battled feelings of depression and low energy. A combination of Feng Shui, proper nutrition, exercise, meditation and re-connecting with nature alleviated my depression and placed me on a path toward fulfillment.

My career has soared. I have a stronger drive for achievement and activity and I am truly grateful and happy. As a result, I've been fortunate to help many others welcome energy, drive and the feelings of joy and gratitude back into their lives. That is my true path.

1. Feng Shui Your Space:
A Feng Shui consultation may be the first step in getting "unstuck." A Feng Shui consultant can recommend ways to shift the energy of a person and space, creating amazing transformations.

When I perform a Feng Shui consultation for a client who is feeling stuck or depressed, I pay close attention to the entrance of the space. The entrance should not be blocked, which prevents energy or chi from entering the area.

I'll also take a look at the work environment, specifically under a person's desk. That part of the office should be clean, clear and permit plenty of leg room.

I often introduce life energy into a space. You can do this in your home or office by adding living plants, fresh flowers, raw fruit or moving water.

There are also specific Feng Shui cures and remedies you can employ. For instance, you can use Feng Shui Wind Chimes To Help With Depression.

2. Reconnect With Nature: It's easy to lose your connection with nature and, for many people, this leads to depression.

Don't you feel rejuvenated after spending a day at the beach or a few hours hiking in the mountains? Try to make nature a small part of your life every day. Spend more time outdoors walking, hiking, cycling or simply sitting in the park appreciating the environment.

3. Diet & Nutrition: Chronic fatigue is an indication that the body's "batteries" have run down. Resistance drops and illness or disease may strike.

Often, fatigue is caused by a critical deficiency of active enzymes in the diet and an overabundance of "dead" foods: processed, preserved and over-cooked foods, eaten in incompatible combinations.

Many fad diets literally starve cells of nutrition and energy and permit toxic wastes to accumulate in the tissues. This prevents the body from generating and directing energy for work or play, since all available energy must be used to keep the body alive.

According to The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity, denatured, processed, preserved, canned and cooked foods should compose less than 50 percent of the daily diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains to give your body the energy it needs and combat chronic fatigue.

Sun Ssu-mo, the Tang Dynasty Taoist physician who correctly diagnosed and cured the nutritional-deficiency disease beriberi 1,300 years ago, a full millennium before European doctors did in 1642, wrote in Precious Recipes: "A truly good physician first finds out the cause of illness, and having found that, he first tries to cure it by food. Only when food fails does he prescribe medication."

4. Proper Exercise:

"The Tao of nurturing life requires that one keep oneself as fluid and flexible as possible. One should not stay still for too long, nor should one exhaust oneself by trying to perform impossible tasks. One should learn how to exercise from nature by observing the fact that flower water never stagnates and a busy door with active hinges never rusts or rots. Why? Because they exercise themselves perpetually and are almost always moving." (Sun Ssu-mo - Precious Recipes)

In this passage, Sun Ssu-mo succinctly distills the essence of Taoist exercise principles. If we observe nature, we see that rhythmic movement is the foundation for cultivating essence and energy.

Balance and moderation are also key factors. How many times have you started a difficult or time-consuming exercise regime only to abandon it after a few weeks-or a few days? Start slowly so your early success will spark your drive to continue. In addition to structured exercise, look for ways to introduce more physical activity into your everyday life.

The Spring and Autumn Annals tells us: Essence and energy, body and breath, are indivisible: when the body does not move, essence cannot flow; when essence cannot flow, energy becomes stagnant.

Keep your essence moving like a mountain stream by practicing controlled deep breathing balanced with rhythmic physical movement. Body and breath will harmonize and vital energy will circulate to every organ and tissue in the body.

5. Meditation: Meditation purifies the mind and restores the spirit's primal powers by withdrawing all distracting thoughts and disturbing emotions from the mind. Meditation is to spirit what diet and nutrition are to essence - an indispensable tool for cultivating and conserving that treasure.

Emotions are regarded as major causes of disease in Chinese medicine. When unbridled by firm intent, they can cloud our minds and vandalize our precious reserves of essence and energy. To restore conscious awareness, one must empty the mind of all thoughts and pacify all emotions in the solitary silence and peaceful serenity of meditation.

In an article entitled "Mental Muscle" (Omni magazine, June 1992), Kathy Keeton writes:

"When the psychologists Charles Alexander of the Maharishi International University in Fairland, Iowa, and Ellen Langer of Harvard University, taught transcendental meditation (TM) to a group of octogenarians in eight Boston-area nursing homes, 100 percent of those who practiced meditation 20 minutes a day were still alive three years later, while 38 percent of their peers who did not meditate had passed on. This is reminiscent of legends of Himalayan yogis using similar techniques to live more than a hundred years...

Alexander is one of a growing body of scientists who believe that we can muster the power of our brains to stay healthy, to heal ourselves when we're sick, and, quite possibly, to extend our life expectancy."

Combining Feng Shui with proper nutrition, exercise, meditation and time to reconnect with nature will put you on the path to health, happiness, longevity, peace of mind, greater drive and ultimate success.

How many items listed above are you doing? Why not try adding a new one each week for the next few weeks? Please come back and share your results!

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Hi Ken, 
Excellent article and another reminder that we are all talking about the "same thing" - whether it's business, relationships, health & fitness, environment, they all intersect and weave together. When one thrives, so do the others! 
One question I have for you - under my desk I have a foot massager - should I remove that in order to have a better energy flow in my office? I like it there cuz it's fun and relaxing. :) 
Rock On with your day!!
Posted @ Sunday, November 23, 2008 3:52 PM by JoLynn Braley from The Fit Shack
Thanks for sharing your comments. Re: the foot massager, it depends. Do you rest your feet on it daily or do you notice that you turn your body at times to rest your feet on the ground, which causes your body to rotate at an angle? If it forces your body to rotate, then you may consider placing it somewhere else until you are ready to use it.
Posted @ Sunday, November 23, 2008 4:53 PM by Ken Lauher
it is so amazing! i can be thinking about something like this and Bam! you have it...what a great guy you are!
Posted @ Friday, October 30, 2009 8:55 PM by teri
Ken, My cabin fever is just too much. Thanks for the article concerning depression; I'm making a plan to enjoy nature...my first step. 
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:07 AM by Miffie
A very well written and interesting article. I am dealing with depression in lots of areas of my life and will literally try anything to get out of the rut I am in. I will keep in mind all you have said and thank you for taking the time to put this out there to help others, you may even save a life. 
Thank you :)
Posted @ Friday, March 09, 2012 5:14 AM by Steven Porter
Great article, I have had depression for 20 years. after taking medicine for 20 years with no results apart from devastating side effects A year ago I decided enough was enough and really looked at my diet. I stopped eating all processed food and sugar, within weeks I was fine! I have now been medication free for a year. This has spurred me on to look at other things, I agree with the excersise and connecting with nature, something I do daily when walking my dog, dogs are also great for depression. I am now interested in the feng shui as I know I always feel better with less clutter. I will keep reading your site for more great tips! Thankyou
Posted @ Saturday, September 08, 2012 9:04 AM by Patty
Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Very inspiring and so glad to hear how you found solutions that work best for you. This is great! 
Ken Lauher
Posted @ Saturday, September 08, 2012 9:27 AM by Ken Lauher
I combined the meditation with nature in listening to CD's while my husband and I work in our home office, a four season room overlooking a small lake - so peaceful! Now if we could only get ourselves going on doing more exercise. Also we found a pseudo-low carb diet (no alcohol) has helped, too.
Posted @ Friday, October 05, 2012 1:57 PM by Barbara Wilhelm Lips
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