The famous author of the Harry Potter series struggled with depression – and she seems to have overcome it in wildly successful ways! Here are five ways to cope with mild depression for women, with inspiration from JK Rowling.
“We were as skint as you can be without being homeless, and at that point I was definitely clinically depressed,” said Rowling. “That was characterized by a numbness, a coldness and an inability to believe I would feel happy again. All the color drained out of life.”
Whether you’re severely or mildly depressed, you may feel the same numbness Rowling did. Don’t suffer in silence; click Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression for help overcoming feelings of sadness or anxiety. And, try these specific ways to overcome mild depression…
5 Ways to Cope With Mild Depression for Women – JK Rowling
Research shows that creative activities, such as digging in the dirt and singing your heart out, can relieve stress, increase self-esteem, and improve your immune system. Even better, these activities can help you overcome symptoms of mild depression and improve your mood.
Get dirt under your fingernails. Gardening (weeding, even!) enhances emotional and physical well-being for many people, and University of Bristol researchers may have discovered why. Soil contains the friendly bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae, which increases the metabolism of serotonin in the brain. A lack of serotonin is connected to depression, and scientists hypothesize that this bacterium may improve mood, ease stress, and maintain a strong immune system. Landscaping, sowing seeds, and nurturing flowers or home-grown veggies may help women cope with mild depression.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ~ JK Rowling.
Pretend you’re a diva! “Even people who can’t sing can benefit hugely from doing so,” writes Don Campbell in The Mozart Effect. In one experiment, boys who couldn’t sing in tune participated in a weekly choir. After 11 weeks they still couldn’t sing – but their self-esteem and self-image improved. Singing can have the same effect on women who are mildly depressed; Campbell encourages people to sing loud and free, like we did when we were young. “Think how wonderful it felt to use your voice freely – to relax your jaw, express what has not been expressed, overcome your fears, and release frustrations that may have been building up for hours, weeks, or years.”
“Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!” ~ JK Rowling.
Give your partner a massage. When it comes to massage, it may be better to give than to receive! Researchers discovered that when elderly subjects gave a massage they had fewer medical complaints, less anxiety and stress, and fewer trips to the doctor than when they received one. Whether given or received, massage reduces pain and anxiety, increases well-being, and satisfies the need for caring and nurturing. Get creative with scented massage oils, various massage techniques, and different locations. If you’re single, you might find How to Find a Good Boyfriend Who Will Be a Loving Husband helpful!
“The best of us must sometimes eat our words.” ~ JK Rowling.
Sniff your way out of mild depression. Not only do natural scents directly affect your mind and mood, says naturopath Michelle Schoffro Cook, they also increase oxygen flow to the brain. Extra oxygen increases energy, immune function, and positive emotions. For instance, 35 year old Samantha uses aromatherapy every day to lift her spirits. “I’d seen it work for other health issues, but I had a hard time accepting that it could ease depression,” she says. “After using grapefruit and ylang ylang essential oils, I found I didn’t need antidepressants.” Dab your favorite essential oil in a handkerchief and sniff regularly throughout the day.
“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~ JK Rowling.
Force a laugh! The benefits of laughter – lower blood pressure, decreased stress hormones, and stronger immune function – occur even if you’re not laughing at something funny. “We can now laugh at will, for absolutely no reason, and we get all the health benefits,” says laughter yoga teacher Jeffrey Briar. “Plus, when done in a group, any ‘forced’ laughter quickly becomes real due to the social factor.” Laughter yoga combines breathing movements with “hee-hee-hee’s” to increase energy, lift moods, and relieve tension. If you’re struggling with mild depression, try forcing laughter with funny movies, comedy shows, or quotations from funny women…it could be the start of a whole new mood!
“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” ~ JK Rowling.
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