I believe that depression is a very misunderstood mental condition and challenges us to continue to look at the way we express ourselves, our values, our beliefs and strive to be who we are in suppressive and competitive personal and professional environments.
Does this picture sound or look familiar to you or someone you know?
I can’t sleep well, I wake up tired but I should feel rested….. I’m not interested in many things. I can’t remember the last time I laughed. It’s as though I am dragging my body around just to get to work or do the shopping.
I don’t see friends anymore. I have nothing to give. It’s as though it’s always raining inside and that cloud follows me around, never giving me a break of sunshine.
I’m sad and sometimes weepy for no reason and all I think is about what I should be doing instead but cannot bring myself to it….. Sometimes I just can’t focus and get snappy at people I love for no reason!
Sometimes I feel like I am a waste of space… just existing… When people ask me what’s wrong I don’t even know what to say.
What Is Depression?
Depression has symptoms such as prolonged sadness, low mood or energy, crying or mood imbalances. A depressive disorder interferes with managing day-to-day living and can be categorized into various types of depression.
For example the above scenario could be describing someone with clinical or major depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
This article focuses on how one can help themselves with Kinesiology and a holistic approach.
Our Ability To Express Who We Are
Depression can have an organic and biochemical cause, other causes can be an incident, trigger or an ongoing set of circumstances that limit who we are.
In some ways depression is a disconnection from our ability to express ourselves, it is the suppression of who we are, so we have to ask the question: where did we feel limited or unable to express ourselves?
If we did not suppress, then modalities like kinesiology would not exist and nor would the many mental disorders.
Rules of expression can come from all sorts of external factors be it our parents, environment, a professional group, a professional environment, a religious group or spiritual group, or whatever conditions we agreed to accept into life as a way of living, yet it suppressed our very nature and core values.
Understanding depression through the eyes of Kinesiology really means looking at understanding the pathways a person has of expressing themselves.
If our ability to express who we are is suppressed and that continues over a long time, then it is no surprise that conditions like depression become very prevalent or that we see aggressive behaviour stemming from long term frustration.
What Can Be Done?
At Sydney Kinesiology we do not diagnose or treat illness, so as practitioners no matter what symptoms present, we always look at the energetic nature, or what a client presents as well as the emotions, thoughts and behaviours associated.
Kinesiology actually addresses and looks into the very many layers we create as human beings and the very many layers we create as human beings really depends on our ability to express ourselves or where we give ourselves permission to. So much of this is affected by self-worth, identity and self-esteem.
In my clinical experience, it has been combining holistic and medical approaches and staying very open-minded to what both experiences offer. Taking things day-by-day and assessing support needed depends on the length and the conditions of the depression.
The Unconscious Becomes Conscious
The fact is, that although we can take a pill to alleviate or help the symptoms of depression, unless we work with the underlying cause of a pattern or behaviour, bring unconscious patterns to conscious recognition, rewire our chemistry, we cannot easily heal and our biology and neurochemistry will continue to function as it does.
What Does It Take?
At Sydney Kinesiology, we focus on shifting mindset and evolving the self-image, interrupting habitual patterns, work closely with breath and educate about raising your vibration.
I am a big believer in: shift your state, shift your fate and this is what we educate. We love to work with clients to educate them while they experience change which ultimately results in deep wisdom of life and who they are.
Evolve Your Self Image
No matter what pain or behaviour, we are working with, all pain is an unconscious aspect being brought up, to become conscious. As we get up under the wings of change and step into it rather than hide or run, unconscious patterns can evolve and self-realization or actualization occurs.
Pain in the body also can reflect trauma and through how we work at Sydney Kinesiology, we have to work with the patterns of the body to help identify and bring to consciousness those aspects. Trauma is always stored inside the body and chemistry.
When you create a clear vision about WHO YOU CHOSE TO BE, all aspects not in alignment with that will come forward. Then we start to break up those habits and patterns.
Evolving your self-image can simply be as simple as “I choose to be open, courageous and find opportunity in every new behaviour that I take”… Or “Even though I don’t understand why I’m experiencing this challenge it is ok for me to heal, feel good about who I am and connect to myself and others”.
Shift Your State, Shift Your Fate
It’s not the big ticket items that make the transformation, it’s in the little day to day ones. This is all about doing small things that raise your vibration.
We are energetic and physical beings influenced by vibration everywhere we go and shifting our state, hence our vibration to choosing new thoughts, ideas and actions these will shift our biochemistry and retrain the brain!
We actually retrain the neurology with brain integration tools. We start to break the addictions to very familiar circuits.
How? There are a few tips below you may find useful.
We often use essences and sound. The sound is called music nutrition which is harmonically driven sound system that supports people through change.
For example when people are going through specific issues regarding emotions or difficulties they can use a sound that will help move them through that change with ease and grace.
Like a supplement to sessions music nutrition works on the brainwaves and biology as well as emotions. Each CD comes with a workbook. www.music-nutrition.com
Breathing – primarily balance an even count of in and out breaths. Depression usually sees a slow outbreath longer than the in breath. Anxiety tends to see a very short in breath in the chest. Ideal is a 7 in and 7 out count and increase it with practice.
I AM, I FEEL. I AM HAVING THE THOUGHT…
Avoid using I am statements for how you feel. I encourage clients to say I feel angry, tired, sore, upset instead of I am all those words. I am are two very powerful words reserved for conscious use.
For thoughts like “they don’t like me etc.”, see them like a cloud in the sky. We have thousands of them and let it float by with, “I’m having a thought that……” this is a powerful way to detach from stressful thoughts.
Be willing to have a miracle mindset, creative mindset and staying curious “Just maybe, there is a pathway unique to me and my process that will show me something I had never imagined before”.
Step 1: Clarity Of Direction
Evolve your self-image.
Step 2: Current Reality
This is recognizing all the pain, patterns, choices, behaviours and addiction of emotions that have co-created this situation or condition – write them down.
Step 3: Capacity To Grow
Asking for help and being vulnerable is the ultimate challenge here. Permission to grow and expand and making sure you are nourishing yourself with support, diet and exercise.
Dare to ask for help and find strength in vulnerability. Discern what nourishes you mentally, emotional, spiritually or behaviourally and what does not. Stay away from what does not.
Step: 4 Tools For Transformation
These tools are a ll about shifting your state. There are o many that kinesiologists use and the ones I will suggest here are:
- conscious breathwork, breathe through the belly
- grounding exercises
- having your evolved image intention with you /around you and doing integration movements like cross crawl or marching and stating your intention
Step 5: Celebrate Change, Re-asses & Refine
What’s working? What’s not? Celebrate what has changed and maintain a weekly journal of what you are grateful for or what you learned from.
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Ani Neradilkova – Founder at Sydney Kinesiology