Roughly 10 percent of our species suffers from massive depressive disorder (MDD) each year. Another vast majority fight through undiagnosed depression every day. The last majority have worn to it at least once over the course of a lifetime. In the three main areas of the brain, depression either shrinks or swells cell function, releasing or absorbing the dangerous chemical cortisol.
Cortisol is released from the center of the brain, the hippocampus, and dispersed throughout the body. Cortisol within the hippocampus inhibits new neurons used for memory. When cortisol hits the front part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex, it shrinks the amount of memories, emotions, and decisions we can comprehend. Expanding through the last third of the brain, the amygdala, it disrupts sleep, routines, and emotional responses, ultimately evolving into sadness, depression, MDD, and suicide.
Mental illness isn’t an illness. It’s an effect of a rooted cause. Roots that also grow Autoimmune conditions. When a digestive system is unable to properly absorb nutrients the brain is deprived. Eventually wearing into a weakened mental state.
One major thing to understand is that it's not your fault. It's a result, a symptom, of the underlying conditions. The same conditions that lifting the toxic weight in our Product Changes and Diet Changes help with. The same conditions that rebuilding your foundation with the right Lifestyle Changes helps with. The same conditions that are never your fault, ever. I repeat, it’s not your fault for feeling the way you do.
I've fought through this more than I'd like to admit, and if the solutions I can give you do not lift the weight of wanting to leave this world... please know, this one will: Suicide Prevention Hotline. These people are the best at what they do, and we will never judge you for being exactly who you are and what the conditions are forcing you to go through.
I don't want you to go. You deep down don't want to go. You just haven't navigated your way through it yet. But you will. I promise.
With that said, here are a few of the major concepts that I use to stay balanced and help others build into their new foundation in my Coaching Sessions.
Meditation works to regulate the amount of the hormone cortisol that’s released into the system during times of stress. Cortisol evolves into inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines that initiate responses against inflammation and add fuel to the inflammation fire.
Yoga challenges us to open and deepen focused breath, eventually allowing us to release what we’ve been holding in and shallowly breathing through for so long. Deep breaths. Not only does relief come from the relaxation, yoga offers a free gauge of how much the body is healing and strengthening over time.
- Assistance with regulating digestion (most important)
The deep stretching, different twists, and focused poses help by draining the lymph nodes of toxins, increasing blood flow, building muscle strength, improving posture, and supporting the regulation of adrenal glands. All of which play a part in healing inflammation, the immune system, the digestive tract, stress, and ultimately symptoms from ailments and/or diseases.
The beach, the trees, a bike, run, walk or anything that captures the activity of nature and gets you away from the noise of man. Where you can get your daily exercise in and breathe into the peace. Assisting with cutting off the cortisol drip and flushing out the toxins that weigh down our immune system.
Here's a free hiking trails guide to get you started.
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Brandon Godsey is an artist, author, and health enthusiast, held together by Midwestern roots and a deep passion for cooking. His personal health background, decades of work in the food industry, and unique artistic skill set put him on the road to founding My Simple Changes. Where he provides the tools he used to heal from his autoimmune condition while continuing his creative exploration in storytelling.