Have you ever noticed that Brains really do run the world? They are everywhere, stock markets, local markets, Governments, corporations, schools, our families, and YOU. Yet we never take a moment to think about it, which is a huge mistake because success always starts with a healthy brain, and of course, the opposite is true, problems too.
Through different conversations with clients, it has come to my attention that most people use the terms anxiety and depression incorrectly. People say that they are anxious when they really mean stressed or afraid; they say that they are suffering from depression when is really sad because something did not turn out the way they wanted, and they are not depressed, they are blue, nostalgic, sad or disappointed.
Now, this is very important. Why? If you go to your family doctor and tell him/her that you are depressed, you may walk out of the office with an antidepressant prescription, when you may not really need it. This can really cause serious problems for your brain.
We need to understand that being sad, blue or stressed is not bad, it is a normal part of life. It is even helpful as it keeps us safe. Did you know that optimists have a shorter life expectancy? You may wonder, why? The answer is, they don’t think that much about consequences, they get involved in more dangerous situations, they “want to live in the moment”.
It is important to understand that depression and anxiety are simply different levels of stress that a person has. Depression; most of the time, relates to the past, to past experiences, traumas that the person has not been able to overcome. Anxiety is a fear of the future; most of the time after a life changing experience like an accident.
Depression is constant and does not allow you to shake it off. It is a persistent feeling of sadness; it keeps you withdrawn into yourself. Anxiety is a persistent feeling of stress, plagued with ANT’s (Automatic Negative Thoughts), rising your blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and if it gets out of control, can produce a panic attacks.
The next time you think “I’m depressed” or “I am anxious”, stop and ask yourself, is that right? Am I really depressed or am I sad? Am I anxious or am I stressed? Why am I feeling this way? Be clear with yourself. These feelings are a red flag that you should not ignore.
If you are feeling sadness, or stress, ask yourself, why am I feeling this way? Be honest with yourself. Do not believe every thought that your mind sends your way. Question yourself, is that feeling true? If you take the time to explore the possibilities you may surprise yourself with the answers, they are always within you.
If you are struggling with any of these feelings and you need help to overcome them, please feel free to contact me for a free 30 min. session. During our first meeting, you will learn about some of the available tools that you can apply immediately to help you overcome these feelings.
Categories: Brain Health