- Feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, or tearfulness or irritability;
- Loss of interest or pleasure;
- Weight changes or changes in appetite;
- Sleep changes – difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much;
- Psychomotor agitation or retardation. This needs to be noticeable to others, not just feeling restless or slow;
- Fatigue or loss of energy;
- Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt;
- Diminished ability to think, concentrate or make decisions;
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, an established suicide plan or suicide attempt.
Whether medication is part of the healing or not, exercise, meditation, and gut health clearly have enormous capacity to strengthen the mind and body in a way that can protect them against depression. Now, new research from the University of Pennsylvania has found that a breathing-based meditation practice known as Sudarshan Kriya yoga (‘SKY’) can provide significant relief from the symptoms of severe depression and anxiety.
And finally …
There can be no denying that the connection between the mind and the body is a critical one. Increasingly, research is finding that depression is not a ‘disorder’ of the mind, but a physical illness that has its origins in other parts of the body, such as the gut or at more systemic cellular level. It makes sense then, that a powerful way to manage the symptoms of depression has to involve strengthening both the mind and the body. Meditation, specifically Sudarshan Kriya is one way to strengthen the mind, the body and the spirit and maximise the potential for health and healing to be restored.