I have had some recent experiences that lead me to this post today. I feel like crying because I know there are so many of you out there who are suffering with depression and/or anxiety. I feel like crying because I know how hopeless and helpless the feeling is. I know how exhausting it is pretend nothing is wrong when inside is a ball of chaos, of disbelief, of wondering why this is happening.
I know what it is like to have medication work for awhile and then either 1) it stops working, or 2) you wonder if you can escape the side effects of one medication by trying another. I know what it feels like to think there is never going to be another option, that hopeless and unhappy are just going to be how it is or the benefits of medication are still worth the price of the side effects.
I know. I’ve been there. I heard the talk: depression is a chemical imbalance. It’s genetic. The best way to deal with it is medication and therapy. I heard it just today. What I saw and heard left no hope for leaving depression in the dust. It left no hope for overcoming.
My heart weeps for those who believe there is no other choice because I am living proof that there is another choice. It’s a level 2 choice: finding the roots to the illness. Level 3 is learning what to do with the root causes. Level 4 is actually doing something about it. Level 5 is moving into healing. I thoroughly enjoy coaching individuals who are ready to move to level 2.
Are you ready? It matters–for you and for everyone you influence!
The following is a 15-minute segment of a series of videos produced by a friend who is also doing a great deal of study to figure out the gut-mind/body connection. From minute 12:45 to the end she discusses depression. Stay tuned as I post the other video segments on the gut in future days.
Here is a great video explaining how the thyroid works and why there may be more to the picture than you may think…
So what now? Understanding this information about the thyroid is the first step in figuring out what is happening in your body. Check out my other posts on working towards healing leaky gut. Talk to your doctor about possible deficits in your liver or other organs.
For the past few years I have been looking into and using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), otherwise known as Tapping. I have used it with great success. What I have noticed is its ability to move me into a state of calm when I feel overwhelmed about something. A great resource to learn more is http://www.thetappingsolution.com/. (The following is directly quoted from their website.)
Why Does EFT Tapping Work?
When you’re experiencing a negative emotional state—angry or upset or fearful— your brain goes on alert. It prepares your body to enter a full-blown, fight-or- flight response. This response evolved to mobilize the body to face an external threat-think of a tiger coming after your ancient ancestor. All the body’s defense systems are turned on to support either fighting or fleeing from the danger. Your adrenaline pumps, your muscles tense, and your blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar all rise to give you extra energy to meet the challenge.
Stressors in ancient days were very real threats to survival. Today, however, the fight-or-flight response is rarely activated by a physical threat. Most of our fight-or-flight responses today are triggered internally. For many of us, the internally generated stress response is triggered by a negative memory or thought that has its roots in past trauma or conditioned learning from childhood. The stress response in the body takes the same form, whether the trigger is the tiger (external) or a negative memory (internal). The adrenaline flows, the heart races, and so on. What tapping does, with amazing efficiency, is halt the fight-or-flight response and reprogram the brain and body to act-and react-differently.
The stress response begins in your brain in the almond-shaped amygdala, one of the components of the limbic system, or midbrain. The midbrain is located between the frontal lobes (the cortex) and the hindbrain (also called the reptilian brain-the earliest, most primitive part of the brain). The limbic system is the source of emotions and long-term memory, and it’s where negative experiences are encoded. The amygdala has been called the body’s smoke detector. “Uh-oh, here comes trouble,” says the amygdala. “Something is threatening our safety.” It signals the brain to mobilize the body in the fight-or-flight response. Tapping on the meridian endpoints helps to deactivate the amygdala’s alarm and sends a calming response to the body, and the amygdala recognizes that it’s safe.
Here is a video to show the points and walk you through how to do it.