While we all can feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some of us experience feelings of overwhelm, sadness, loneliness, guilt or indecisiveness intensely, for long periods, from weeks to months and even years, sometimes without any clear or apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health. Mindful communication can help to shine a light on the causes and find a way forward and clear the mental fog obscuring your vision.
Why is this important?
Depression is a state of low mood often associated with an aversion to activity. It affects a person’s thoughts, behaviour, motivations, emotions, and sense of wellbeing and self. It may emphasise sadness, difficulty in reflection and concentration and a significant decrease in self-worth and willingness to act. People experiencing depression may have feelings of dejection, hopelessness and, sometimes, suicidal thoughts. The core symptom of depression is said to be anhedonia, which refers to the loss of interest or a loss of feeling of pleasure in certain activities that usually bring joy to people. Thoughts are directly influenced by emotions and vice versa, mindful communication helps to break the noxious cycle and renew your approach.
How is this helping you?
The power of mindful reflection and ability to create space between thoughts and emotions helps to understand the dynamics at play and to influence how you respond to life events. Changes in life that may influence depressed moods can include financial difficulties, unemployment, stress (such as from work, education, family, living conditions etc.), a medical diagnosis, bullying, loss of a loved one, social isolation, relationship troubles, jealousy, separation and many more. Mindfulness allows you to create a pathway through the mental fog these challenges produce and to find a way forward with ease.