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Mental Health – Letting go is good for the soul

I am a recovering worrier! Back in the day, I would worry over everything. These days, I am trying my best to stop worrying, to let go and let God. Letting go is good for the soul. It is a lot easier to worry about every tiny little detail but it does nothing for your mental health. Which is why I now make a conscious effort not to worry about anything. Sometimes, it is easier to let go and not worry, and other times it can be a lot harder. But the more I make an effort to not worry about all the issues on this planet, the easier it becomes.

 

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Letting go is good for the soul

Since I started focusing more on my spiritual life and mindfulness. I have realised that a lot of the things we are so worried about will not happen. However, the danger of worrying about issues bring our focus and attention to these issues, which can lead to us manifesting exactly what we are afraid of. Letting go does not mean we should be reckless or ignore what we are supposed to do. It just means we focus our attention on what we have power over and take our attention away from outcomes and the rest.

 

The benefits of letting go

Here are some of the amazing benefits of letting go –

 

You will sleep better

Letting go will help you sleep better at night. Being a worrier means you will likely be up for most of the night worrying about all sorts. Letting go helps you sleep peacefully and soundly, which is great for your overall health.

 

Goodbye to anxiety and depression

This is one of the most important benefits of letting go is that you can wave goodbye to anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Dwellling on your problems will only make you feel anxious and depressed. However, if you focus on positivity and things within your power, you will find you no longer feel as anxious or depressed. Focusing on what you have power over and positive outcomes means you feel good which is amazing for your wellbeing.

 

 

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It leads to positive outcomes

Apart from the fact that letting go helps you sleep better and can get rid of some mental health problems, it can also lead to positive outcomes. The law of attraction means you manifest what you focus on. So if you are a worrier and you focus on all your cares and worries, it is likely you bring them into your reality just by focusing on them. Letting it all go and focusing on positive results and positivity in general means you attract just those into your reality.

 

I know how easy it is to worry. Just look at the Brexit mess for example. That is enough to keep many people up at night for various reasons. But being up all night won’t make the deal come quicker for example but it will mess up your body clock which will only make up more miserable. That’s the way I see it.

 

Letting go is good for the soul. How do you let go? Any ideas you want to share with the other readers?

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I fell asleep while listening to a guided meditation

Today is a new day and my heart is open. That was the mantra on my guided morning meditation today. I recently discovered this amazing YouTube channel – Meditations by Raza and I am so in love with her videos. I have listened to a couple of her guided meditations and her voice is so soothing. The feeling I get after every meditation is so peaceful and relaxing, I could listen to her all day if possible. Prior to finding Raza’s channel, I have tried a couple of meditation apps but I found them too pricey once the free trial ended, so I didn’t carry on with them.  I have also tried a few guided meditations on YouTube but I found many of them more distracting than relaxing. Meditations by Raza is the first guided mediation channel I really like.

 

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I fell asleep while listening to a guided meditation

The first time I listened to one of her mediations was just before I went to sleep. The guided meditation was so relaxing, I fell into a deep sleep about 25 minutes into the video. I also had a very restful sleep even though I had vivid dreams. It was so amazing. The second time I listened to her channel was in the morning, I tried a morning guided mediation, and it was so good. I really enjoyed the mediation. I finished it feeling amazing and ready to smash the day. One of the reasons why I like her channel is because she has loads of videos for different kinds of mediation, so there is something for everyone, and her voice is the best for meditating. She is definitely in the right job.

Now that I have found the right guided mediations for me, I can’t imagine not listening to at least one day. Meditating in silence is also good and I will be doing a mixture of both. However, guided mediations help you stay grounded and teach you what to do depending on the results you are after. I think meditating daily is great for mental health, it has worked wonders on mine, and I know it helps many others. It is worth trying if you are dealing with mental health issues like anxiety and mild depression. If you have sleep issues as well, guided mediations may help you drift off. You never know until you try, and your mental health is worth fighting for.

Have a good one.

 

Depression – The Silent Killer

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Depression is the silence killer in current times. It is eating away the hearts and minds of many, and it is still being ignored as a serious mental illness by many. We may have had our own fair share of feeling low at various points in our lives, and this can give us a good idea of what living with depression can feel like. I know I have had many times in my life where I didn’t feel like getting out of bed or felt low for days, but I always bounce back. That is the difference. People who are suffering from depression don’t bounce back. The feeling of not getting out of bed or feeling low carries on for weeks, months even years.

 

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Dealing with depression

The feeling of extended sadness can come as a result of losing someone, finance troubles, relationship issues, work problems or just general life struggles. When it comes to dealing with mental health illness, the first thing is to understand  what is causing the symptoms. Once you know what the trigger is, you are half way in solving the problem. It may be tricky at first to pinpoint the trigger or triggers if all sorts are happening at the same time, but once you do, it all starts to make sense why you feel the way you do.

The next step is to find someone you trust to confide in. A listening ear/sounding board always helps. The stigma associated with mental health is starting to wear off as more and more people talk about this invisible illness, so seek out a friend to open up to. You need to remember depression is an illness and not a sign of weakness.

Once you confide in someone you trust, the next thing to do is to see your doctor. If you are feeling depressed and struggling to get on with day to day activities like getting out of bed and cleaning up , you should go see a doctor immediately to get help. Asking for help is a sign of strength. It shows you know something is wrong and you are willing to do something about it.

 

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Depression like many other mental health illness affects the entire body. It affects the way you eat, sleep or live. Which is why it eventually starts to take a toll on the body, and ends up leading to other illnesses if not treated.

 

Signs of Depression

Here are some of the common signs of depression –

 

  • Consistent sad empty mood
  • Loss of interest in hobbies/activities you once enjoyed.
  • Insomnia or Hypersomnia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability and Hostility
  • Lack of appetite or overeating
  • Feelings of hopelessness/worthlessness

 

These are just a few of the common signs of depression. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should get help. There are a number of ways of dealing with depression. Talk therapy with a psychologist is a way to treat depression. Using prescribed medication from your doctor is another way. A combination of both also works in some instances. The treatment varies from person to person. Which is why you have to get your own diagnosis if you feel you are showing signs of depression. You could find out how much therapy cost here.

There is a lot to be said about our mental health and I feel the more we talk about, the more the stigma wears off. There is no shame in having any illness and we need to remember that.

 

 

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