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Help for depression

Learn what you can do yourself to overcome depression and anxiety naturally, without medication.  Free information and resources to help with depression.

Emotions are chemical.  There is a physiological reason why we feel the way we do.  We have a reward center in our brain and when it is flooded by “feel good” chemicals (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins, etc.) we feel happy.  We also have “stress” chemicals (cortisol, adrenaline, etc.).

Our mental, emotional and physical health and well being are all interconnected.  For example, our body chemistry affects our emotions; our emotions affect our thoughts, words, and actions; and our thoughts, words, and actions affect our body chemistry.

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Our body chemistry affects our emotions; our emotions affect our thoughts, words, and actions; and our thoughts, words, and actions affect our body chemisty.  The point of power where we have the most control in this cycle is controlling our actions that affect our body chemistry.

We can do something about depression

To feel better, we want to decrease stress chemicals and increase feel good chemicals by changing what we do, say, and think.  It is easier to control what we do than it is to control what we think.  It’s nearly impossible to just “think” ourselves out of depression, yet we are not helpless.  There are so many things we can do to change the chemistry in our body, and that makes us feel better.

Hope for Healing offers many videos and articles to share fast and easy action steps that decrease stress chemicals and increase “feel good” chemicals.  For example, there is a short video on our 5 minute morning routine to increase happiness.  We also offer a free audio course on dealing with depression and a free ebook, 30 Days to Alleviate Depression.

Please remember that depression isn’t a quick fix however.  In order to maintain that positive body chemistry, it takes consistency; it’s not going to be a “one and done” situation.  By consistently applying these simple action steps, your body chemistry will gradually adjust to a happier balance.

Nourish the brain.  Heal the gut.

Another thing we can do to improve our mental and emotional health is to nourish the brain and heal the gut.  Not all of the “feel good” chemicals are produced in the brain.  In fact, 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut.  That means that gut health is vital to mental and emotional well being.

Candida is an overgrowth of yeast in the digestive tract and is responsible for numerous physical, mental, and emotional problems.  We can correct candida overgrowth by reducing sugar intake, drinking more water, and increasing our intake of veggies and fiber.  We can also eat fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt, and/or kefir.  Also taking supplements like fiber, probiotics, and digestive enzymes can help.

Another factor that harms our physical, mental, and emotional health is chronic inflammationTurmeric (with black pepper) is often used as a natural supplement to help correct inflammation and is available in health food stores and online.

Correct nutritional deficiencies

Furthermore, a deficiency in vitamin B has been shown to cause depression (this is just one of the possible sources, depression is complex and may have many different underlying causes).  Research shows that many people have had success treating mental and emotional illness by ensuring that the brain receives all the necessary nutrients.

One supplement, TrueHope EMPowerplus, was designed specifically to help correct vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can cause mental and emotional illness.  It has been used to help people with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, aggression, ADD, ADHD, and autism as well as improving general mental health.  Our bodies and brains work better when they’re healthy and have the proper nutrients.

Claiming our power

It is so empowering to know that there is something we can do to overcome depression and other mental and emotional issues.  Please check out the free articles, videos, audio courses, and ebooks offered by Hope for Healing.

We have the power to create the life we want.  We’ll show you how.

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Suicide prevention

I invite you to be the one who helps save a life.  Prepare yourself by learning effective steps of suicide prevention: ask, keep them safe, be there, help them connect, and follow up.  Add crisis contact information to your phone, and work on becoming the kind of person that a person can turn to in a time of crisis.

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Crushed: How I Healed from Depression

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Free audio course

Dealing with depression

In this course you’ll learn some of the neurological and chemical effects of depression and why it diminishes happiness, hope, and motivation.  You’ll learn what is needed to overcome depression, and things we can do to help facilitate that healing.    Each lesson is just 3-10 minutes long.  Invest in yourself by starting today.

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FREE ebook

“30 Days to Alleviate Depression” is a FREE guide book to help overcome symptoms of depression.   If you’re struggling with feelings of depression this just might be the missing key you’ve been looking for.  Are you ready to choose happiness?

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What to do when a loved one has depression

It can feel so helpless to watch a loved one suffer from depression, but you may have more power than you realize.  I invite you to be the person that offers a ladder to someone who is trapped inside a dark hole of despair.  

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A message of hope to those suffering from depression

I understand the feelings of despair, helplessness, and hopelessness of depression because I’ve experienced it for myself.  I invite you to learn how to climb out of the darkness and experience happiness again. 

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10 Tips to Overcome Depression

When you’re dealing with depression, it isn’t a matter of simply flipping a switch and “snapping out of it,” yet there is something we can do about it.  A transformation won’t happen overnight, but these tips can help put you on the pathway to happiness.

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Linda's Corner Podcast

Linda’s Corner Podcast is a wonderful resource to help overcome depression.  Experts share useful information on mental and emotional health, overcoming trauma and adversity and more.  You have the power to create the life you want.  We’ll show you how.

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Increase happiness

We don’t just want to stop feeling depressed, we want to actually be happy.  What makes people happy?  According to the Dalai Lama, “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
 We have the power to create happiness.

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How to feel happy again

An easy 5 minute routine that can alter the chemistry in your body and mind to increase happiness and decrease stress.  Invest 5 minutes in yourself because you are worth it.

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Help us make the world a better place

Will you help us accomplish our mission to make the world a better place?  We want people everywhere to experience the hope that comes with mental and emotional well-being.

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Emotional First Aid Kit

Feel better fast.  An emotional first aid kit can provide an immediate positive effect on the way we think and feel.  Keep your first aid kit handy.

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How do I know if I need professional help for depression?

Everyone gets discouraged or depressed now and then, so how do you know when your depressive symptoms have reached a point when professional help would be a good idea?

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Why is it so hard to heal from depression?

Depression is a pervasive problem and extremely frustrating for many reasons.  Understanding why it’s hard can help us be compassionate with ourselves and others.  It can also help lead to answers that actually work.

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Self help for depression

Self-help for depression is about learning what you can do yourself to overcome depression and anxiety naturally, without medication.  Learn what you can do to increase the “feel good” chemicals in the brain so we can feel better.  We can do something about depression.