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Depression – Why Your Milk Of Human Kindness Is Needed. Not Stigma!

This day and age depression is still associated with much stigma. But no one gets it by choice, design or because of personal weakness.

You don’t get depression by choice!

No one who has been affected by this debilitating mental health condition chose to get it!
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This is quite a sad thing, really. Considering that it’s a medical condition, like any other. No one would think less of someone just because they had a fall – except, of course, that happened as a result of drunkenness!

Again, no one looks down on a person with migraine, a broken leg or Type 1 diabetes.

So, why is it that when someone has depression so much negativity is associated with it?

So much negativity that it’s a triumph for them to admit, even to themselves, that they have depression.

 

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Let’s show more understanding instead of stigmatising people who suffer from this condition.  Show more tolerance and understanding. This way they can admit it to themselves that they have a medical condition. And get help when they do.

And get the help they need, for themselves and their families.

Especially children who won’t understand why mum or dad is unhappy .

Everyone would like to be happy! Or not??

But for someone going through depression, it’s not a case of “happiness is a choice! Be happy”!

 

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Partly due to the stigma and misunderstanding attached to depression, sufferers often deny they have a problem.

In fact, when someone can admit to the fact that they have got depression, they have won half of the fight!!

Here are some Depression Aids I find helpful. The more we understand this condition, the more we are able to help ourselves and others suffering from it:

As a health professional and a mother, I believe that a healthy lifestyle is a cure all! Or almost! So, I really like Stephen Ilardi’s program on beating depression.

This program focuses on lifestyle and practical ways to help you reclaim six ancient lifestyle elements that can improve or eradicate depression:

The 6 Steps Program To Beat Depression

Underneath The Lemon Tree – A Memoir On Depression

 I would love to hear about your opinions regarding depression. Have you, or anyone you know, got some experience you would like to share?

Please  get in touch. The more we talk about depression the better it will get for the eight to ten percent of  the population who suffer from this debilitating condition in any given year.

 

To Your Optimum Health & Well-being!

Cecilia Scheyerle, MPharm

 

7 Lies We Tell Ourselves To Make Depression More Powerful

Depression is invisible. But real and can have devastating consequences. Check these popular myths about it. Read why it’s not by personal choice, design or weakness.

Some  of us may have  had these thoughts, or even spoken them aloud, at some point in time: depression is a myth!

Do you think like this – Other people get depression, not people like us?

Or this – depression is just a condition lazy people invent to excuse their laziness.

 

Here are some other popular myths about depression – real men don’t get depression; I am a busy woman and I have no time to be depressed; depression is a condition

– Real men don’t get depression

– I’m a busy woman and I have no time to be depressed

– Depression is a condition hypochondriacs develop when they run out of medical conditions to complain about

– I’m too strong to be depressed

– I wouldn’t be depressed if everyone else would just leave me alone

However, depression doesn’t happen by choice or design! Nobody chooses to get depression.

But how they choose to deal with it may be a matter of choice.

 

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Depression  has no respect  for a person’s  status. Anyone can develop it – rich, poor, old, young, executive, teenager, man or woman.

It can happen to anyone, at any time, slowly or over time. It can hit you hard when you least expect it.

 

Real, strong men can not get depression. Yes, they can, and they do!

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In fact, if you think like this, you are more liable to suffer more from depression – you remain in denial longer. You cause more emotional harm to  yourself and your loved ones, and you would be more liable to lose your job!

 

 

Now to the people who often think they have to be strong towers – women. They may think they  have no time to be ill.

They are too busy – they have to run the family, take care of all the people they love, run businesses and ensure their careers are upwardly mobile, always!!

 

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Who else is going to do all these things we alone as women can do??

Yes, women have to make time to take care of ourselves, too.

Otherwise, there may no one and nothing left for us to care for!

The fact that we  cannot see the physical signs and symptoms of depression does not make it less real.

Depression does not develop because you are weak. It’s not a matter  of lack of strength on your part.

If you fall down and break a leg, do you regard this as a lack of strength on your part? Or does someone get cancer because they are weak?

You don’t get depression because you are too weak to overcome the obstacles of life and flourish!

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You do not get depression because you are a weak person. It’s not a matter of emotional strength or weakness!!

Another myth is believing that the depression we are experiencing would cease to be if everyone would just leave us in total peace.

 

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Absolute peace and quiet. From our children, our partners, colleagues, neighbours and bosses.Since that is never going to happen, we will have to confront depression from another angle- treat it as a condition it is and not just the fault of everyone in our lives.

This is never going to happen. No one is an Island!we will have to confront depression from another angle- treat it as a condition it is and not just the fault of everyone in our lives.

We have to confront depression from another angle- treat it as the condition it is. Not just the fault of everyone else in our lives!

Take it that you need some intervention.  You need some help, just like everyone else, at some point in life. Period!

You know, it’s possible to have outer quiet and still suffer from  inner turmoil. Especially when you realise you need help. But remain in denial.

 

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Let’s give a helping hand and treat depression as the medical condition it is. Not something weak people develop; not a condition that happens by choice or weakness; not something hypochondriacs get when they run out of conditions to suffer from; not for a certain age or class of persons. It can happen to anyone!

 

Feel Like Giving Up? Not An Option! Keep Going!

 Feel like giving up? Not an option! How else can you say “I did all I could”?! When the going gets tough, the tough gets going! Yes, trying times come, when nothing in  life seems to be going right. Keep going!

At the end of the day, when all is said and done, whatever happens, you can honestly say – “I did all I could do”. I gave that challenge all I had in me to give”! So, giving up is not an option.

You think nothing is going as you planned. Though you spent years planning your life – just the way you wanted it.

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Things are not the way you have planned for. You planned so well, didn’t you? You worked damned hard too. Just to make sure you have what you want from life. You invested your time. You invested good money you could have used to enjoy yourself.

When your mates were out enjoying themselves, you slogged it out, working hard. You made sacrifices. You had a plan.

But now, when you think you should be reaping the fruits of your labors- taking things easy – you still have to work hard!

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Are you to give up now? What’s the point? Why not just give up the fight and succumb? Admit it –  life has defeated you!

You are tired of trying to make it in life. Tired of trying so hard to become the person you know you should be.

Maybe you are stuck, doing the job that you hate. Are you stuck in the marriage that is making you miserable and unhappy, more and more?

You may be tired of trying so hard to raise kids who are unappreciative of you. They don’t see all the sacrifices you are making so that they can have the life they have. They even act like they hate you sometimes! But they don’t!

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Know what? Keep reaching for your dreams. Giving up is for losers and you are not a loser. You have inner strength. You are strong. You are can get to that place where you want to be. Keep your natural goodness.

Keep your hope up. Even when circumstances try to make you think you have no hope. You do.

You have a purpose on earth.You have been created for a reason. There is no vacuum in life. And no one is just here on earth for no reason. Your life has a purpose. Even if you think otherwise. Every step, every effort counts.

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Set your mind on your goal. Make up your mind – keep working towards your goal. Keep working hard at that job. Do all you can to make that marriage work.

Keep loving your children  loving your children – even when you think they don’t deserve it. Even when they act like they don’t care. They do!

Keep hard at that business idea. Give it all you can.

At the end of the day, life is a race. It’s a race that will work out differently for each and every one of us.

 But one thing is for sure – this race will end one day. Nobody knows when their race will end. When you get to the end will you think you gave this race all you had to offer?

How are you running this life race with you have been given? 

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At the end of the day, it’s going to be the only thing that matters. Not how rich you became. Not how successful you were in your career, business or raising your children.

It will be – how well did you run your race? Did you get to your destiny? Did you become the person you were meant to be? Did you fulfill your destiny? Will  you feel you tried your best?

So, keep doing your best – give life your all. Whatever you have to do, do your best. Do what you feel is right. Do what you think is right.

It’s all you can do! At the end of the day, it’s your race! And no one else’s.

 

 

Depression. Why Can’t Some People Be Happy Like Normal Humans?!

Since  depression is a condition  that does not display obvious signs we can  see easily, some of us have developed myths about it. Myths and negative feelings that ensure that much stigma is still attached to this condition. 

 Do you belong to the group of persons who have this thought – other weak people get depression – not people like us. Or even told someone who is really depressed, “get hold of yourself. There is nothing like depression. Live in the real world like the rest of us, lazy git!”?

No wonder people with depression get so little understanding and often struggle with accepting the fact that they have the condition themselves!

Here are some other myths people are spreading about depression

  • Real men don’t get depression
  • I am a busy woman and I have no time to be depressed
  • Depression is a condition hypochondriacs develop when they run out of medical conditions to complain about
  • I am too strong to be depressed
  • I will not have depression if everyone would just leave me alone
Depression  has no respect  for a person’s  statusAnyone can develop it – rich, poor, old, young, executive, teenager, man or woman. It can happen to anyone, at any time. It can slowly creep up on you over time. Or hit you hard when you least expect it.

Real, strong men cannot get depression.
Yes, they can, and they do!
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In fact if you think like this, you are more liable to suffer more from depression – you remain in denial longer. You cause more emotional harm to  yourself and your loved ones.  And, you are more liable to lose your job. 
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I am the woman and I must remain strong!
Now as women, we often feel that we have no time to be ill. We are too busy – we have to run the family, maintain social contacts with friends and take care of all the people we love.
We run our businesses and make many sacrifices to ensure our careers are upwardly mobile. Who is taking care of us??
Who else is going to juggle all these areas of life, like women alone can?!
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As women, we should make time to take care of ourselves. Otherwise, there may no one and nothing left for us to care for.Yes, lots of  women often feel this way. They are so busy taking care of everybody else in their lives. Just not themselves!
Here’s my experience on this – My children talking to me when I drag myself around with flu when I really ought to be in bed. “Mom, stop moaning that you are ill. You are not! If you really are ill, lie down or sit down!”  
The fact that we  cannot see the physical signs and symptoms of depression does not make it any less real.
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As for  depression being solely as a result of strength – if you fall down and break a leg, do you regard this as a lack of strength on your part? Or does someone get cancer because they are weak? 
You do not get depression because you are a weak person.

I am not depressed, I just need absolute peace

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Another myth is believing that the depression we are experiencing would cease to be if everyone would just leave us in total peace.

Do you feel you need to be in an island all by yourself? Lots of us would love this too. At least, sometimes! But it’s the regularity of needing this, not wanting it, that makes a huge difference!
Absolute peace and quiet. From – children, partners, colleagues, neighbors and bosses. It’s difficult, if not downright impossible to have that amount of peace and quiet! For more than a few days!
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So, how about you confront depression as what it is. From another angle – treat it as the medical condition it is and not just as the fault of everyone else in your life! Although, on the light side, living with very negative people would be enough to make anyone depressed! 
It’s possible to have outer quiet and still suffer from  inner turmoil. 
If you know of other myths and misconceptions around depression,please get in touch, dear people!
Do get in touch with your experiences, comments and questions here. I would really appreciate it!

To your Optimum Health & Well-being,

Cecilia Scheyerle, MPharm

 

 

Healthy Living: How Power-Walks Help Reduce Weight

You can get healthier from today. Just put on your shoes to power-walk, a few minutes a day helps reduce weight. True, healthy living is hard in this cut-throat world. But it’s possible. Studies show that our legs are at least as good as gyms!

This major study suggests walking can help us gain better health and well-being. Just fast 30-min walks, five days a week. Instead of sweating in the gyms, do you want an effective way to better wellness? Read on!

According to lead researcher Dr Grace Lordan, writing in the Journal Risk Analysis: “ Given the obesity epidemic and the fact that a large proportion of people in the UK are inactive, recommending that people walk briskly more often is a cheap and easy policy action”.



This latest research was conducted by the London School of Economics and Political Science.

About 50,000 participants took part in the annual Health Survey for England between 1999 and 2012, using questionnaires, followed by a nurse visit.

Measurements, including Body Mass Index (BMI) were taken.

Research Conclusions 

  1. Taking a brisk thirty minutes’ long walk a day, five days a week is more effective than other exercise methods at keeping your weight down.
  1. Women of all ages who walked regularly were found to have particularly benefited by becoming a dress size smaller.

They lost 4.3cm (1.7in) off the waist.

  1. Men who walked regularly, thirty minutes or more per day, lost 3.3cm (1.3in).
  1. Men and women over the age of fifty experienced stronger benefits than younger people.
  1. Men who took brisk walks of thirty minutes, five days a week, four weeks long had a reduction of one unit lower than average BMI (Body Mass Index).

For women this value was 1.8 units.

  1. Exercise/sport participation for the same period of time was effective at keeping weight down, albeit at a markedly reduced rate of BMI 0.3units (men) and BMI one unit (women) lower than average.

Body Mass Index is a way to determine a person’s risk of developing diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases.

BMI is your weight (in kg) divided by your height squared (in metres).

A person with a BMI of over 30 is classed as being obese.

One in four persons in Britain is obese.

Findings from previous researches

Walking can reduce your risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure, more than running.

What You Need To Do To Get Health Benefits 


To get health benefits health benefits health benefits that would outweigh what you get from other keep-fit activities like running, working out at the gym and swimming you have to do this:

You have to ” power walk”, walk briskly for at least thirty minutes, enough to raise your heart rate and make you sweat!

To conclude, it is my opinion that for any exercise to be effective, it has to be something you can incorporate into your life, until it is part of your lifestyle!

Therefore,for this exercise form to work, for the long-term, it’s got to be something that you can do regularly and  enjoy. It’s no good if you will not keep doing it, until it becomes part of your  lifestyle.

Which of these factors do you think would make “high impact”(brisk half hour) walking difficult-

  1. Not used to long, brisk walks
  2. No space for this type of walk
  3. I’m too busy
  4. Walking is boring, no socializing
  5. Too difficult- I get out of breath

Education is everyone’s duty!

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To Your Optimum Health & Well-Being,

Have a great week.

Cecilia Scheyerle, MPharm