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“What is the dif­fer­ence be­tween anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion?” This is a great ques­tion, as both can and do af­fect us men­tally, spir­i­tu­ally and phys­i­cally. Our en­ergy level, our abil­ity to fo­cus and our de­sire to do things, are all ef­fected. Un­for­tu­nately, even the de­sire to be around friends and loved ones can be a strug­gle as well.

Re­mem­ber, we dis­cussed th­ese same three parts of us that make us a whole (men­tal, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual) Thus, the im­por­tance of nour­ish­ing all of us. When one part is weak­ened, the oth­ers are as well.

In this ar­ti­cle , I would like to take a look at de­pres­sion. Where does it come from? How does it feel? What can we do, if any­thing? Again, great ques­tions! De­pres­sion comes from our past. It is that de­feated feel­ing that makes it dif­fi­cult to get out of bed and takes away the de­sire/mo­ti­va­tion to ac­com­plish most any­thing. It that voice telling us we are not good enough and causes us to sec­ond guess every­thing we say or do. Let me of­fer some good news. Yes my friends, there is ab­so­lutely some­thing you can do to help your­self. There are ac­tu­ally sev­eral things you can do to move for­ward.

First, un­der­stand that you can­not change the past. I know what you are think­ing, “wow, thanks Deb­bie, that re­ally helped!” This can be a very dif­fi­cult state­ment to ac­cept. Af­ter all, we are in this strug­gle be­cause of our past, ac­cept­ing it only feels like de­feat. As much as that phrase stinks, it is not only true, but it is the driv­ing force in mov­ing for­ward. You now have two choices when ac­cept­ing this fact. Are you go­ing to al­low your past to de­stroy you, your dreams, your goals and de­sires? Or, are you go­ing to get up, re­al­ize that you are bet­ter than your past, and use th­ese things to cre­ate in you a stronger, more com­pas­sion­ate and ef­fec­tive hu­man be­ing? Af­ter all, with­out strug­gles, how would we feel the won­ders of suc­cess? With­out pain, how could we truly be there for some­one who was hurt­ing? With­out loss, how could we ap­pre­ci­ate the bless­ings around us that we do have? How could we ever know just how strong and amaz­ing we are truly ca­pa­ble of be­com­ing? Yes, it is in our past and the ac­cep­tance of it.

Be­cause de­pres­sion af­fects all three parts of us, it is im­per­a­tive to treat all three parts of this. Is this de­pres­sion a chem­i­cal im­bal­ance or is it solely the strug­gles of a past event or se­ries of events you don’t want to have to re­mem­ber or deal with? Maybe it is all of the above. Nu­tri­tion, nu­tri­tion, nu­tri­tion? Feed your body the things it needs in or­der to be at its health­i­est. Foods can af­fect us chem­i­cally. Talk to some­one, talk to your Doc­tor, talk to your friends, find a sup­port group, do not se­clude your­self. This is ex­actly what de­pres­sion wants you to do. Fi­nally, feed your spir­i­tu­al­ity, I can­not ex­press enough the heal­ing that comes from this. We are all spir­i­tual be­ings, there­fore, it is im­per­a­tive to feed and nour­ish it. With­out do­ing so, we will feel a dis­con­nect within our­selves. Re­mem­ber, phys­i­cal, emo­tional and spir­i­tual, it is who we are, there­fore, re­spect them all. Love all of you!

I tell my clients this, “there are peo­ple out there that need to hear your voice.” “They are stuck where you were and need to know they can move for­ward to where you are to­day.” Also, “There are peo­ple out there now, where you will get to soon, that want to show you there is hope and power in the fu­ture.” Sim­ply stated, you are not alone, this growth and ac­cep­tance process will not only help you, but help you to help oth­ers. We heal our­selves, by heal­ing oth­ers. You are stronger than your past and more pow­er­ful than the mem­o­ries that fol­low. Choose amaz­ing, be that per­son you want to be and re­mem­ber, you are never alone. Please feel free to email, text or call me if there is any­thing I can do to help. If you have a ques­tion, or would like help mov­ing for­ward, I am here.

My next ar­ti­cle will ad­dress Anx­i­ety. Where it comes from, what it feels like and what we can do to help our­selves when it all feels so com­pletely over­whelm­ing and out of con­trol. Are there tech­niques or so­lu­tions to help ‘calm the storm within’ and can so­cial anx­i­ety be relieved at all?

Re­mem­ber, make to­day great! Not just for you, but for oth­ers as well. Be blessed and be a bless­ing to some­one. It IS time to ‘OWN YOUR GREAT­NESS!’

Deb­bie War­ren

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