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The first thing you need to work out is WHY are you getting depressed, because depression doesn't just happen to people randomly, and it's NOT caused by a chemical imbalance.
(There is no chemical imbalance, if there was, people could be tested for it the same way they test things like diabetes.)
See this article for quotes from scientists and medical researches in the field about the chemical imbalance:
So what IS causing your depression?
Normally, depressions are sparked off by spending too much time around people who don't treat us very nicely, ignore us, or make us feel like we're worthless, stupid or invisible.
Unfortunately sometimes, even parents can make us feel this way, as well as friends and other peers.
Other things that can contribute to depression are:
- Spending too much time plugged-in to phones, Facebook, internet, videos, x-boxes.
Partially, it's because these are very lonely activities, even when we feel like we're 'connecting' online; and partly it's because all these things emit an electromagnetic frequency that's very close to the frequency of the human body, and which can literally take us out.
In a nutshell, being plugged-in for too long to too many electronic gadgets can severely disrupt your body's own energy circuits, wipe out your Spleen Meridian energy (which is responsible for maintaining your 'happy juice'), and play havoc with your hormones and mood.
- Ingratitude and taking things for granted
- Chronic illness
You can read all about Homolateral energy here, but if your body's energy is Homolateral, it will pull you down into the listless, fatigued, negative, zombie-like mindset that's so characteristic of what's called 'clinical depression', pretty much against your will.
- Feeling like your life is meaningless or pointless.
This can happen when you're not aware of, or working on developing, your spiritual dimension, or soul, and you're not doing the job God designed you to do in life.
So, let's RECAP what could be causing your depression:
1) Spending too much time with negative, selfish, uncaring people who make you feel worthless and invisible
2) Spending too much time plugged into electric gadgets or online, that's frying out your body's Spleen Meridian (the home of 'happy' energy).
3) Ingratitude and taking things for granted
4) Chronic illness / Homolateral Energy State
5) Feeling your life is meaningless or worthless.
Now, how can you overcome it?
The single best thing to recommend is that you start to exercise 3 times a week, for a minimum of 30 minutes a go. Regular exercise has been scientifically proven to be more effective than anti-depressants, for getting people out of depression, and keeping them out long-term.
So grab your sneakers, and go shoot some hoops!
2) MAKE SURE YOU'RE HANGING OUT WITH POSITIVE, SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE
Check out this article on the 7 types of negative people, so you can learn to spot them, and avoid them.
Also, birds of a feather do tend to flock together. If you treat people nicely and look for ways to help others, you'll attract more people who are in to doing that for you, too.
3) LIMIT YOUR TIME ONLINE - whenever you start to feel drained or down, unplug or turn off. You might also want to schedule your exercise sessions for directly before or after your online time, to keep your Spleen Energy strong.
4) COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS - Don't take anything for granted. You have clothes? Food? A room? An i-Phone? Be grateful - nobody owes us anything in life, and even having a flushing toilet, hot shower and air to breathe are things we can be sincerely grateful about.
5) DO THE EXERCISE TO GET OUT OF HOMOLATERAL
If things like walking tire you out instead of energising you, you're probably Homolateral. This exercise literally takes a minute to do, and could make a big difference to your energy and state of mind.
See Donna Eden's innersource article HERE for details how to do it:
6) WORK OUT WHAT'S YOUR MISSION IN LIFE
Here's the thing: anyone who isn't doing what they created to do is going to feel sad, depressed, and that their life is meaningless and pointless.
For sure, you have a whole bunch of talents and abilities, and God gave them to you to use. Are you a great artist? Musician? Skateboarder? Do you make people laugh a lot? Are you a good listener? Do you have a green thumb?
(You'll notice I'm not asking you how high you scored on your SATs here…)
Take a few minutes, and write down a list of the things you enjoy and / or are good at.
Now, take a few more minutes and work out what activities make you feel good, happy, alive.
If skateboarding makes you feel like a million bucks - do it more often!
Ditto sketching, singing, gardening, cracking jokes, whatever it is.
Your mission in life might end up making you money, or it may be something you do on the side, around your day job. But the more you do what God created you to do in life, the happier you'll feel.
If you really have no clue what it might be, talk to God and ask Him to give you some clues.
7) JUST SAY NO
Anything illegal or immoral is just going to make you feel worse afterwards, even if it gives you a temporary 'high' and some short-term pleasure or escapism.
So whether it's smoking pot or having a one night stand - don't do it. It won't help you pull out of depression, and it could even make things worse.
Hope this is helpful, and that your depression dissolves soon.
Jewish Emotional Health Institute