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Since I can’t be with my clients 24/7, I usually suggest a few apps that they can put on their smart phones to use throughout the day. Here are a few of the ones that I suggest (unless otherwise stated, you can find them for both iPhone and Android):
1. Mindshift – an app which is useful for those suffering from anxiety issues. http://www.anxietybc.com/mobile-app (free)
2. Positive Discipline – for all your parenting needs. This app has a set of cards to help you think through possible parenting solutions.
http://www.positivediscipline.com/positive-discipline-iphone-app.html (not free)
3. Relax Melodies – great for when you need a bit of help falling asleep. You can set a timer for the soft sounds which is a bonus. (free)
4. Breathe2Relax – useful for learning to slow down your breathing
5. Depression Check – helps you check the symptomology and whether they are getting better or worse. iPhone only.
6. Depression CBT Self-Help – an Android only app that gives you the CBT tools for depressive symptoms. Android only.
7. Recovery Record – a useful app for those who are in recovery from an eating disorder or who are struggling with disordered eating/emotional eating. http://www.recoveryrecord.com (free)
I just read an article from The Telegraph (England) about a new technique/medical therapy for depression. It’s called DBS, or Deep Brain Stimulation, and is being considered and tested on patients with depression that aren’t responding to traditional psychotherapies or medical interventions.
It involves brain surgery, which means it does have some potential serious side effects and problems, but it has worked in many of the trial patients so may be worth it. Electrodes are placed in a target area of the brain known as Area 25, which is part of the cingulate region. The electrodes are attached to a battery which is implanted into the skin on the shoulder.
This procedure may give hope to those who haven’t found relief from other methods. It’s early days, but as we continue to learn more about the brain, more techniques may be developed to help more people. And that should give us all hope.
Recently, I developed Achilles tendonitis. This means that I can’t go out running, can’t sprint, etc. And I can feel it, not only in my body, but also in my mood. Exercise is so important as your physical energy is connected to your mental and emotional energy. Studies have been done on the use of exercise for depression and stress.
The Mayo Clinic explains that exercise is so important for stress reduction, due to the release of endorphins. It can also act as a form of meditation, particularly if you find a flow within the exercise (which I typically do). In addition, you can increase your confidence and good feelings about your body as you exercise. When I go through periods of stress at work, I find that lifting weights or running into work really help me feel calmer and able to leave the stress behind.
The NHS explains that exercise is very good for dealing with depression. It starts off by giving us a sense of control in our world. Again, the endorphins can help. I’ve ‘assigned’ walking to a few of my clients in hopes of helping them increase their mood.
Exercise is just one way of taking care of your body but it’s such an easy way. Just walking for 30 minutes a day can help improve how you feel and can be done without too much money or effort. Get out there and start moving! I can’t wait to get back into my normal routine, that’s for sure!