Journeying through depression was one of the most difficult times of my life.
Even though it seemed like there would never be a light at the end of the tunnel, I was determined to life a life free from depression. Even with going to therapy and meeting with a life coach, I knew that I needed to change more than my thoughts and actions if I wanted to recover.
I was holding on to the hope that recovery was possible. And it was. To find it, I needed to transform my entire life.
This realization prompted me to begin my own holistic wellness journey out of depression. My whole health, mental, spiritual and physical, was overhauled. I began to take the reins of my health into my own hands.
Throughout this time of transformation, I began researching ways to improve my mental health holistically. There were so many alternative options for relieving depressive symptoms that I didn’t know about that were found to be extremely effective.
The ones that I found the most effective for me became a part of my daily routine. They are what I leaned on the most when I was headed on my way to recovery. These 5 principles and alternative modes of care are what I used to completely overcome depression.
What I Did:
After learning about chiropractic care from our local church at the time, I was surprised to find what great of an impact it could have on my health. My husband and I decided to begin receiving treatment every other week.
With just two adjustments, I felt a tremendous change in my mood and my mind. I gained more energy and the brain fog I had started to go away.
The basis of chiropractic is simple: to remove the negative interference in the body so it can function properly. The spine is considered a gateway to all the systems of the body. Just about every message the body sends to and from each area and nerve of the body goes through the spine.
When my husband joined the army, he had early morning exercise sessions every day during the week. During those times, I decided to begin my own exercise routine too. I started doing kickboxing and then began practicing yoga.
I found that after exercising, my body began to gain energy and I was less stressed in my body and mind. Most people already know that exercise is important and deemed the most underused anti-depressant. Through my own wellness journey, I found that to be true.
Nutrition became one of the main areas that I began to focus on to holistically recover. I began to research and learn that there was a direct connection to what I was eating and the way that I felt physically and mentally.
Through my research, I gained more knowledge about the gut-brain relationship and how it plays an important role in mental health. Food became a healing solution for my body and mind.
After changing the way that I ate, I found that I had more energy, more clarity and I gained a greater connection to my emotions. I began eating foods that I enjoyed and improved my mental health.
Spending time alone meditating on God’s Word and talking to Him played a huge role in helping me overturn my negative thoughts. In those moments, I was able to quiet my mind and spirit to sort out my emotions and navigate through my thoughts.
I used the bible as a guide to find positive thoughts to fill my mind with. In my time of meditation, I journaled out scriptures and used them as protection to counter the negativity that was plaguing my mind and spirit.
Through this, I was able to experience mental freedom and I began experiencing life from a lens of love instead of fear.
When I began to feel like I was recovering from depression, I developed an interest and a passion for health and wellness. I wondered if there were more women battling depression looking for holistic alternatives and resources.
I decided to gain more knowledge and education to help women with the same tools that I learned.
So, I completed wellness and life skills courses and immersed myself in research of mental health and holistic wellness. In doing all of this, I came to the realization that I had found what I was created to do.
This gave me a sense of belonging in the world and made me feel less insignificant. I discovered that through finding what I was passionate about, I had found my life’s purpose. I was incredibly fulfilled, and I no longer felt the hopelessness and worthlessness that was hanging over my head.
I Found My Way Out, You Can Too
Combining these holistic principles together, I was able to navigate my way out of depression. Although finding what methods worked best for my mental health and wellness took time, the fulfillment I gained by applying the new knowledge and care to my life allowed me to live a life without depression.
Treatment of depression and mental health symptoms are unique to everyone. Your mental and personal health needs may not be the same as some else’s. Talk with your provider about the option or combination of care that’s best for you.
And if you or someone you know battles with depression, know that you are not alone. There are treatment options, support communities and resources available for you or your loved one.
If you or someone you know are in an immediate crisis, get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or visit The International Association for Suicide Prevention to be connected to a trained counselor at a crisis center nearby.
Hi I’m Jasmine!
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I’m a SAHM, veteran army wife, women’s integrative wellness coach, writer and veggie lover. Most days you can find me spending time with family, homeschooling, cooking, walking in nature or browsing through the grocery store. My passion is to help women (like you) heal mentally, spiritually and physically from depression. That’s why I created this amazing mental health journal to guide you to recovery.
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