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Mindful ways to deal with Mental health issues

Mental health issues

  These are more common than the attention to getting help is given @kylives A secondary result from a multi year recovery that I had from a parasite on my brain was a long running and at times a debilitating struggle with depression. A young friend of ours has a youtube channel dedicated to bring awareness to suffers of Mental health issues  and the roads to recovery. He and His lovely Lady Abby spent a weekend with us sharing our stories and with Sonya and I introducing them into simple wholesome tasty vegan fare. As well as a kite flying episode,and a parkrun we got to visit a waterfall and video an interview with me on the subject matter of clean eating, Mindfulness and being okay with what is.

5 Ways to Manage Mental health issues / Depression

Depression is a state of mind that everyone goes through at least once in a lifetime. Failures in life, the death of loved ones, serious illnesses or other personal problems cause depression in millions of people. ———————————————————————————————————— common depressions can be managed by doing some simple things on your own. Here are 5 most effective ways to manage depression in your life. ————————————————————————————————————— Exercise Exercising for 15-20 minutes or going for a brisk walk for about half an hour will do wonders in improving your mood making you feel better. ————————————————————————————————————- The reason behind this is the release of the hormone serotonin. Walking also helps in releasing oxytocin, and is known to free the mind of worries and anxieties. ————————————————————————————————————- Set small goals People who are depressed may feel that they cannot accomplish anything in life and are nothing more than failures. This negative self-image can be mitigated by setting small goals which can be achieved. ——————————————————————————————————————– With these small accomplishments, the depressing thoughts will slowly fade away. Setting goals like doing the laundry or cooking a meal are good enough to begin with. —————————————————————————————————————— As you start meeting these goals, confidence levels start building and you can find depression taking a back seat gradually. ——————————————————————————— Switch to a healthy diet there is ample evidence that eating healthy foods can lift one out of a state of depression. Foods containing folic acid (avocado and spinach) and omega-3 fatty acids are good anti-depressants and regular consumption of these can help to a great extent in fighting depression. ————————————————————————————————————- Combat the negative thoughts You need to confront the negative thoughts. Running away from them will pull you deep in the dungeons of depression. ———————————————————— Mindfulness You need to think what is causing the depression and what’s the best that you can do to get out of the slump you’re in. Many times, self-analysis and being the observer can eliminate negative thoughts which in turn will boost your low morale. ————————————————————————————————— Get help If you feel that doing any of the common things is not helping you come out of your depression, It is okay to speak up phone a help line or seek a psychotherapist for help. prescribed doses of antidepressant pills can help you come out of the depression. However, as these medications have certain side side effects one use them as short term treatment

Mindfulness and Equanimity

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Mindfulness and Equanimity

  During mindfulness meditation we observe everything that passes before our attention, yet not get caught up in our thoughts – instead,  staying aware of what is going on in the present moment, Introduction Race reports and training Mental imagery Ingrediant of the week Almonds Whats new and whats on this wekend event, trip to lake wyvenhoe raw food barefoot athlete Topic of the week Mindfulness and Equanimity Acknowledge  your thoughts and then just let them pass by. The breath is used as an anchor to the present moment, but, apart from that, no attempt is made to direct the attention.Mindfulness, oak Equanimity is a fundamental skill for self-exploration and emotional intelligence. Mindfulness has no dogmas nor commandments. Mindfulness is about exploring reality and how to relate to it in a harmonious manner ie minimizing suffering and maximizing deep long-term Equanimity It is a deep and subtle concept frequently misunderstood and easily confused with suppression of feeling, apathy or inexpressiveness.   Equanimity comes from the Latin word aequus meaning balanced, and animus meaning spirit or internal state.

How to Develop Equanimity

Developing equanimity involves the following aspects: Intentionally creating equanimity in your body attempting to maintain a continuous relaxed state over your whole body as sensations (pleasant, unpleasant, strong, subtle, physical, emotional) wash through. Creating equanimity in your mind in each moment to be present inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness mindfulness and equanimity right here and right now.… This means attempting to let go of negative judgments about what you are experiencing and replacing them with an attitude of loving acceptance and gentle matter-of-factness By noticing when you drop into states of equanimity and by exploring the state, you are training your subconscious to produce the state more frequently when feelings are experienced with equanimity, they assure their proper function as Correct motivators and directors of behavior as opposed to distorting behavior. Equanimity plays a critical role in changing negative behaviors Equanimity frees up internal energy for responding to external situations. As  always If you want a Question answered leave it in the comments or start up a conversation on the facebook page or on the the Mindfulness and the Zest for life Google + community page.      

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Behavior

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Mindfulness Meditation and Behavior

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Mindfulness, Meditation, and Behavior

A number of studies have demonstrated that systematic mindfulness training, as well as brief meditation practices in novices, can influence areas of the brain involved in regulating attention, awareness, and emotion Another key element of mindfulness is the cultivation of equanimity, or non-reactivity. Specifically, mindfulness meditation teaches one to pay attention to and acknowledge both one’s inner experience and the outer world, without necessarily reacting. The ability to simply observe and accurately sense thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations – without having to change them, or act on them – can be instrumental in breaking habitual behavior patterns that can harm one’s health, such as smoking a cigarette when feeling stressed, eating comfort food when feeling sad or “empty”, or turning to alcohol or other substances to “numb out” when feeling overwhelmed. One key element of mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to the present moment, on purpose (Kabat-Zinn, 2003). Clinical studies have found 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation training (MBSR) gave an increased ability to orient one’s attention to the present moment. Other clinical studies found that 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation training significantly reduced ruminative thinking in persons with a history of depression (Ramel et al., 2004). Together, these studies indicate that mindfulness appears to involve reshaping ways of thinking that engender improved emotional well-being. Mindfulness scale development research has found that people with higher natural levels of mindfulness – irrespective of formal meditation training – report feeling less stressed, anxious and depressed, and more joyful, inspired, grateful, hopeful, content, vital, and satisfied with life Research further suggests that people with higher levels of mindfulness are better able to regulate their sense of well-being by virtue of greater emotional awareness, understanding, acceptance, and the ability to correct or repair unpleasant mood states Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), or MiCBT Overall, it appears that focused, concentrative meditation practices can increase one’s ability to maintain steady attention on a chosen object, like the breath or another person, whereas open awareness meditation practices can increase one’s ability to flexibly monitor and redirect attention when it becomes distracted (Lutz et al., 2008a). Based on these findings, not only is it possible to train the mind to change the brain, but, in fact, one’s ability to do so may get stronger as one gains meditation experience. AS alway love to hear from you all please connect through the social channel of your choice, or leave a comment here.