Understanding and Addressing Mild Depression: Practical Tips from Chris Walker

In this talk, Chris addresses mild depression, describing it as occasional states of melancholy or lethargy that can occur without clear reasons. He explains that mild depression often stems from a disconnection from reality and emphasises the importance of being R.E.A.L. (Reality, Energy, Attitude, Life). Chris advises embracing the natural balance of life, getting enough sunlight, and eating unprocessed, real food to combat these feelings. He offers further help through free initial sessions on his website and encourages seeking professional help if symptoms persist. The audio is here on SoundCloud.

Introduction

Good morning, good afternoon, wherever you are, this is Chris, and today I’d like to talk about depression. Specifically, I’m addressing mild depression. It’s essential to understand that depression varies in degrees—severe, chronic, and mild. For this discussion, we’ll focus on mild depression and explore ways to manage it effectively.

What Is Mild Depression?

Mild depression manifests in various forms. It might mean experiencing a state of melancholy or sadness once or twice a week without any apparent reason. This condition can result in exhaustion, lethargy, and a lack of motivation to engage in daily activities such as work, house chores, or exercise. Mild depression can also lead to behaviours like overconsumption of alcohol or feeling grumpy and disgruntled.

Recognising the Symptoms

If these feelings last for one or two days, the depression hasn’t yet become chemicalized. Chemicalized depression occurs when feelings of melancholy, sadness, or anger persist for weeks, leading the body to develop chemicals associated with depression while depleting those linked to happiness and motivation. For those experiencing occasional feelings of being unmotivated, uncommitted, unhappy, grumpy, disconnected, or frustrated, it’s crucial to address these symptoms before they become more severe.

The Root Cause: Not Being Real

The primary cause of mild depression is not being real. Living in the real world involves experiencing both the positives and negatives. When we are unrealistic in our expectations or not true to ourselves, we create a world that isn’t aligned with reality. This disconnection can lead to depressive symptoms.

Embracing Reality

Living in reality means understanding that every piece of bad news has a good side and vice versa. Disappointments are a part of life, and recognising the balance in everything helps us navigate through these challenges. Viewing the world through the lens of nature’s universal laws can provide a wiser perspective than relying solely on personal beliefs or mindsets.

Common Traits Among Those with Mild Depression

Over the past 40 years, I’ve worked with many individuals experiencing mild depression. A common trait among them is their rigid beliefs about what is right and wrong, good and bad, or painful and not painful. These individuals often find adapting or seeing things from a broader perspective challenging. Holding on to fixed views can give a false sense of strength and control, but it also breeds depression because elation and depression are inseparable.

Practical Tips to Overcome Mild Depression

1. Achieve Daily Closure

At the end of each day, take a moment to reflect on what went right and what went wrong. This practice helps you acknowledge reality rather than masking it with polarised interpretations of your day. By doing so, you prevent yourself from falling into the hands of depression.

2. Embrace Natural Light

Natural light is the greatest antidepressant. Whether it’s the sunshine during the day or starlight at night, being outdoors and allowing natural light to filter through you can significantly improve your mood. Even in colder climates where people tend to stay indoors, finding opportunities to be outside is essential.

3. Eat Real Food

Your diet plays a crucial role in your mental health. Consuming processed foods can negatively impact your well-being. Instead, aim to eat food in its most natural form. For example, eat an orange rather than drinking processed orange juice. Incorporate the skin of fruits and vegetables into your diet for added nutrition. Opt for slow cooking methods to retain the nutritional value of your food.

Conclusion

If you resonate with the symptoms of mild depression, these practical tips can help you manage and overcome it. For more personalised advice, feel free to visit my website and book a free session. If your depression persists for more than two or three days without improvement, it’s wise to consult a practitioner to prevent the chemicalization of your thoughts.

This is Chris. I wish you a beautiful day. Bye for now.

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