Depression and Other People

Human beings are profoundly social creatures. Through the mechanics of things like mirror neurons, our brain is significantly influenced by the presence of other people. When we are beginning to feel depressed, we can use the power of other people to help us right the ship. Here are some ways … Read More

Depression and Goal-Setting

For most of us, it is harder to make decisions when we are struggling with depression. Part of the reason for this has to do with how depression affects the flow of energy between different parts of the brain. When we are depressed, our limbic system (a particularly emotional part … Read More

Depression and Biofeedback

To some people the term “biofeedback” can sound cool and trendy. For others, it may come across as technical and complicated. In reality, it describes a simple process that takes place inside every one of us several hundred times a day. Biofeedback is the word that describes the relationship between … Read More

Depression and Sleep

Diet, sleep, and exercise are the “Big 3” of depression fighting habits. Some research indicates that these three things combined might be more effective than anything else – including medication – at treating depression. Here are some tips on how to improve your sleep quality: Avoid bright light after the … Read More

Depression and Habits

Brushing our teeth, bathing, putting on pants before we leave the house – we all have habits that we maintain, even when we are beginning to feel depressed. If the depression gets bad enough, some of those habits may go by the wayside. But when we are first sliding into … Read More

Depression and Exercise

It’s widely known that exercise is an excellent cure for depression and anxiety. The tough part for most of us is getting started—no one feels like exercising when they are depressed. Here are some ideas to help you overcome the depression hump: Do something fun. Think of “doing something active” … Read More

Depression and Gratitude

Depression and gratitude have a hard time living in the same space. The more we practice gratitude, the less real estate there is for depression in our minds. Here are some tips to exercise your gratitude muscle: Write a thank you note. Think of someone who did something nice for … Read More

Mindfulness: the Difference Between Seeing and Noticing

What does this viral photo shoot have to do with mindfulness and mental health? I’m glad you asked. The underlying structure of mindfulness meditation has been around for nearly 5,000 years. It has grown in popularity over the past few years because researchers have found connections between meditation and mental … Read More

Mindfulness for People in a Hurry

Mindfulness is kind of like Hansel from Zoolander: It is so hot right now. Much of the hype is warranted. When practiced correctly and in the right context, it can be a game changer. However, just like every other trend to sweep the wellness industry for the past… however long … Read More

Are You Anxious or Frustrated?

“A problem well-stated is a problem half-solved.” — Charles Kettering “If I were given one hour to save the world, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute solving it.” — Albert Einstein The same thing is true with our emotions. The more clearly we can define … Read More