Holistic Wealth Podcast

How to Cope with Depression (Tips and Strategies)

How to Cope with Depression (Tips and Strategies)

In this special episode of the Holistic Wealth podcast with Keisha Blair, our topic is “How to Cope with Depression”. After the release of our podcast episode on “7 Practical Ways to Overcome Anger”, several Holistic Wealth podcast listeners requested a podcast episode on “How to Cope with Depression”. 

In this episode of the Holistic Wealth podcast, we delve into the vital topic of coping with depression through a holistic approach. Depression can affect various facets of our lives, and understanding its complexities requires a comprehensive strategy. We explore how the holistic wealth framework by Keisha Blair (i.e.“the art of recovery from disruption”)—encompassing mental, emotional, physical well-being and financial well-being—plays a crucial role in managing depression. By integrating mindfulness, balanced nutrition, regular exercise, and emotional resilience, we can create a supportive environment for mental health. 

This episode offers valuable insights into how interconnected aspects of our lives can influence our mental state and highlights practical steps to foster overall wellness. Holistic Wealth Expanded and Updated book, has several chapters to help you master the art of recovery from disruption including coping with depression (as well as grief and tragedy). The Holistic Wealth Personal Workbook is also a great resource. Subscribe and tune into this episode of the Holistic Wealth Podcast.

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What is Clinical Depression (Major Depressive Disorder)?

Clinical depression, also known as major depressive disorder (MDD), is a mental health condition that causes a persistently low or depressed mood and a loss of interest in activities that once brought joy. Clinical depression can also affect how you sleep, your appetite and your ability to think clearly. These symptoms must be present for at least two weeks for a diagnosis.

Clinical depression is a chronic condition, but it usually occurs in episodes, which can last several weeks or months. This is different from persistent depressive disorder, which is mild or moderate depression that lasts for at least two years.

How to Cope with Depression (Tips and Strategies)

How to Cope with Depression (Tips and Strategies)

Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms of clinical depression can range from mild to severe, but they typically last most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks.

Signs and symptoms include:
  • Crying uncontrollably, Feeling very sad, empty or hopeless. Children and adolescents may be irritable rather than sad.
  • Loss of interest in things and activities that used to bring joy. Feelings of isolation.
  • Increase or decrease in appetite, which may result in weight gain or weight loss.
  • Slowed speech, decreased movement and impaired cognitive function (psychomotor agitation).
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia) or sleeping too much (hypersomnia). Studies show that many people suffering from depression have trouble maintaining sleep throughout the night.
  • Low energy or fatigue.
  • Feeling worthless or excessively guilty.
  • Decreased concentration.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide.

If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide, dial 988 on your phone to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Someone is available to help you 24/7.

What You Will Learn

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • The symptoms of major depression and how they differ from regular feelings of sadness and “feeling the blues”.

  • The impact of inflammation on depression and how managing inflammation can alleviate depressive symptoms.

  • The benefits of regular exercise (e.g. resistance training and aerobic exercise) in boosting mood and reducing anxiety. Zone 2 exercise has been found to be very beneficial.

  • The role of a balanced diet in supporting brain health and emotional well-being. The Keto diet has shown to relieve depression symptoms.

  • The impact of eating carbs on depression symptoms.

  • The benefits of essential fatty acids – fish oil supplements, including their potential to reduce inflammation and support brain health, thereby alleviating depressive symptoms.

  • Strategies for integrating holistic wealth principles into daily life to support mental health.

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  • Full Transcripts are available on the Institute on Holistic Wealth website and are available to members of the Institute on Holistic Wealth (Become a member of the Institute on Holistic Wealth).

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