Ever since the very beginning of the Covid I have had a large number of calls of people wondering what they can do to help them battle the mental health issues the virus, not to mention the rioting and other things that are also impacting peoples mental well being. For this post though, I am mainly going to focus on what the Covid virus and what the shutdowns have done to create these issues and things that can be done to help deal and heal. With how some States being more shut down than others, not everyone will be able to do everything that may be advised to do to help with the mental health crisis that is hitting this nation by storm.
If you are thinking of suicide and are looking for help, here is a number you can call anytime and get the help that you need. tel:1-800-273-8255 If you have hearing problems, they also have a way to chat through their website at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. They are there to help you when you need it. Also, never be to afraid to consult a professional. If you need the help then go get it. It takes a lot more courage to get the help you need than you think. Being strong and silent will only make things worse.
Over the years of dealing with depression myself along with ptsd, I have learned a few things that work for me. I use herbs, exorcise, hobbies, tarot, meditation and talking to others who understand what I have been through. It took me years to figure it out and some days are better than others.
Here is a list of herbs that can be used to help with depression. Please consult a doctor before using herbs for your depression as they may interact with other medications or medical conditions you may be having.
*Arctic Root – Boosts overall physical and mental vitality. Increases resilience to physical and mental (emotional) stresses. Impacts the mood. Great for fast results.
*Ashwagandha – It’s similar to Arctic Root, reduces levels of the stress hormone Cortisol. Great for depression that is combined with stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
*Curcumin – is the active ingredient in tumeric. Renown for its anti-inflammatory and brain boosting properties. As effective as Prozac. Treats obsessive compulsive disorders (ocd) and major depression. Can be took for an indefinite amount of time. I use this for depression and the arthritis pain I have.
*Gingko (Gingko Biloba) -Is a lot like Arctic Root and Ashwagandha. Can improve memory. increases blood flow to the brain. Lowers Cortisol levels.
*Saffron – Rare and known for fraud due to how expensive it is. As effective as Prozac. Reduces hunger and the urge to snack. Great for anxiety, stress, OCD, and PMS. If pregnant do not take in high doses.
*Arsenicum Album – When depression is accompanied by anxiety and gastric distress.
*Aurum Metallicum – for depressed workaholics dealing with a personal or business setback.
*Ignatia Amara – for the depression that follows grief, loss or shock.
*Natrium Muriaticum – for sensitive people who bottle up their anger or grief.
*Pulsatilla Nigricans – When depression is due to hormonal changes or emotional neediness.
*Sepia – For postnatal or menopausal women who have lost their zest for life.
Physical activity is always recommended when dealing with depression. Just keep in mind to find a physical activity you will enjoy. I got chickens to help with this. Although I don’t enjoy cleaning up after them, I do enjoy watching them and the time I spend with them is quite relaxing.
Find a hobby. This is important. Find something you enjoy and that fits into your budget. This can take some time to discover and you may find that you enjoy doing a multitude of things. The idea is to find something you enjoy that can be your little escape from everything. We all need a way to escape the stresses of life.
Going to a Reiki Healer would also be recommended. I was blessed to come across a Reiki Healer that was able to remove my flashbacks that I suffered with for most of my life. Not everybody will have the same results. I was ready to release them at the time and I believe that helped the Reiki Healer do what I needed done. I was told I may need more sessions in the future, but so far I have been blessed that what was done with that amazing healer has held up for about 1 year so far. Here’s to many more years free of those flashbacks.
In my early 20’s I started learning the Tarot. My favorite spread was the Celtic Cross. I would always remove both of the future cards due to the fact I tried to see what I wanted to in those cards instead of what they were wanting me to see. I loved how this spread looks at the past choices that lead to the current situation. The spread also would show where my thoughts, fears, and hopes and dreams are, at the time concerning the situation. This gave me an inside look at myself in a way that I couldn’t run from. Making me face myself in a way that I needed to in order to make the changes I needed in my life to find happiness. One of the things about the Celtic Cross spread that I find really insightful is the environment factors. This card usually shows how others are perceiving you and your situation. I love it when it points to a person to turn to for the advice that I need. I still use this spread with myself and it will always be my favorite spread when doing readings. I love using this spread with clients as my first spread of the session. I find that it is helpful for me to connect to my clients. Often this spread will answer the question they came for in the first place.
Diet is also important. Just like a kid can’t focus in school without having enough food to eat, so you can not focus and function without eating properly. Eating regular meals can also help keep the chemicals in your brain more balanced too.
You may also want to consider how you talk, perceive and feel about yourself. Changing how you talk to yourself is important. Do you talk to yourself the way you want others to talk to you? Or do you talk to yourself in a negative way making it hard for you to see your amazing worth and value. If you find yourself being in a negative head space or are seeing nothing but negatives about yourself, then you need to take a break. Take a time out and think of at least 3 things about yourself that you love about yourself. Do this often enough and you can change your perception of you. Depression and low self esteem often go together. If you need help with this technique, then ask a friend or a family member to help you out. I was lucky enough to come across someone who helped me with this back in 2010.
Depression is a real ailment that affects so many people. This illness is nothing to be ashamed of. We all need a little help from time to time. If you find yourself dealing with this illness, know that you are not alone. You will get through this and you are worthy of having a happy life.