Many people struggle with mental health issues, and it seems that in our increasingly digital lives, there is an unprecedented rise in anxiety and depression. Sometimes, surrounded by negative news stories and an aggressive media, it is surprising that anyone is able to maintain a positive outlook!
However, your mental health is of vital importance to your general wellbeing, and it is essential to address any issues you are facing in order to remain healthy. Keeping on top of anxiety and depression can also make an enormous difference to those around you, especially your children, and by moving into a more positive mindset, you may feel more empowered to combat the negativity of the wider world.
Although anxiety and depression are classified as different disorders, they often
share similar symptoms, including panic, irritability, difficulty concentrating and problems sleeping. There are many different emotional and behavioural aspects to each condition, and you can take a mood self-assessment online or talk to a medical professional for more information.
If you think you may be experiencing anxiety or depression, it’s important to take action as soon as possible to prevent the problem worsening and causing other difficulties in your life. You may find that one or more of the following works for you:
1. Talk about it. It can be very isolating if you are feeling overwhelmed by depression or anxiety, and talking about how you feel is the first step towards recovery. Opening up to your loved ones, a therapist or a doctor can help you to recognize what you are experiencing and explore ways to help yourself through this time.
2. Exercise regularly. Exercising is a powerful antidepressant, releasing endorphins and increasing your serotonin levels. A regular, preferably daily, programme of exercise can help to regulate your hormones and keep you feeling healthy and well.
3. Look at your diet. The food you eat can have an enormous impact on every aspect of your wellbeing, and there are many foods that are essential to a healthy brain. Ensuring that you are not deficient in any minerals or vitamins can help to prevent feelings of anxiety and depression: magnesium, in particular, is an essential mineral for mental and physical health that many people are deficient in.
4. Get medical help. If you have tried natural treatments without success, or you feel that your mental health concerns are becoming more severe, you should talk to your doctor. Mental illness is characterized by a chemical imbalance in the brain, and some people find anti-depressants or anxiety medications can help to reset this.
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Morgan found yoga 15 years ago as a way to recover from anorexia. It has carried her through her PhD, raising twin girls and in a move towards her passion she chose to pursue full time yoga teaching in 2012. Since then she has led several yoga retreats, co-owned a yoga studio (Yoga-on-Tay) and helped to develop a 'yoga for amputees' program along with Finding Your Feet (FYF) Charity. When she is not yoga-ing, or parenting Morgan competes for Scotland in ultra distance running and cross country. Morgan believes that yoga is for everyone.