Simple steps to understand depression.

Depression can affect anyone. The more that we research and understand our brain, the more we realise how deeply connected our body is to our emotions. Every individual’s depression is different and so understanding your emotions will also depend on each individual.

The first step to diagnosing yourself with depression would be to accept that you are not feeling okay. Most psychologists agree that depression is far more than feeling ‘sad’. There are various stages to the emotional disorder and each stage has unique symptoms. However, it is entirely possible that you do not undergo the same symptoms as someone else.

The best and easiest solution to understand whether you are depressed would be to take depression counselling. This allows a trained practitioner to help you navigate your thoughts in a safe space. Based on some general perceptions, a counsellor would diagnose your depression and suggest the best remedies suited for you.

Depression may affect your daily life without displaying symptoms for prolonged periods. One of the first signs would be a long-term sadness and reduced interest in pleasurable activities. The more you put your emotions under observation, the more likely you are to understand what may be the causes.

However, below are some ideas to help you examine your emotions before you decide to take depression counselling or depression treatment :

  1. Connect with nature – with nature, there is never any fear of judgement and so we find our emotions opening-up automatically. Nature also allows each of us to communicate our emotions more freely and that itself helps in a better understanding of our emotions.
  1. Express your emotions – whether you prefer art therapy or prefer talking about what is going on through your mind – expressing your feelings will allow you to gain a deeper knowledge of yourself and the root of your feelings.
  1. Meditate – when you meditate, not only do you relax your body but you also understand your mind. Meditation has been proven as one of the best therapies to tackle depression and reduce the feeling of anxiety.
  1. Physical Exercise – focusing on your body allows your mind to relax rather than creating more complicated emotions. With your energy going towards your body, your mind becomes quiet and listens to your emotions. The saying, ‘exercising clears the mind’ has a lot of weight.
  1. Combinative depression counselling – very often we may find ourselves lacking the skills to understand our emotions. In such cases, meeting a counsellor or seeking depression treatment, which helps us to understand our emotions, will combine treatments, such as hypnosis, physical exercises, Access Consciousness or even past-life regression.

The purpose of most depression treatments is to find the root of your emotions and then start the healing process. Self-love becomes easier when we are aware of and accept what we are going through.

At Philosophy Holistic we believe that all of our solutions can be found by understanding our emotions and the roots of each emotion. Our founder, Deepika Gala is a trained depression counsellor who uses her decade-long experience and knowledge to give you the most ideal solution. Irrespective of the kind of depression you may have, it is the most fruitful solution to opt for depression counselling and find out the appropriate treatment for you. At Philosophy Holistic you will discover that the power of your depression treatment is within you and is customised for you.

Do we talk about anger management enough?

Have you ever found yourself clenching your fists, grinding your teeth or even stomping your feet? No, this is not a nursery rhyme but the physical ways that anger is displayed. There are several different ways that each person shows his/her anger. However, what is common is how anger affects you, your health and your body. Luckily, here are some ideas on how you can practice anger management yourself. 

Let’s first look at the signs of anger:

  • A sudden increase or decrease in appetite
  • Skin problems and complexities including pimples, hair fall, etc.
  • A general negative outlook towards life
  • Lack of hope and possibly suicidal thoughts

Because emotions are unique to each person, the way that each person may show signs of each emotion will also be different. So it may be that your anger is channelled differently.

However, irrespective of the signs and symptoms, the most certain way that anger affects human bodies is – a shift in energy levels. Anger is one of those emotions that can consume your thoughts and body completely. Any individual holding onto anger for a long time will visibly look different. This change in appearance is a sure indication of holding onto anger. Any emotion in excess leads to complications. 

So now that we know how anger can affect us or how we can identify the signs and symptoms, let’s discuss managing anger.

Whether anger is towards society or the family, the long term effects of anger can be greatly reduced by:

  • therapies that help you go to the root of your anger
  • breathing and understanding what triggers the anger
  • discussing the root of your anger in a comfortable space so you can let go of the negative feelings.

Every individual will have their methods of anger management. More often than not, most people do not realise how long the anger has been hiding inside us. The process to manage your anger will not be a one-time solution, rather, it will be a journey that will help us understand each layer of our anger. If required, an individual may also enroll in anger management sessions.

Most people will require a combination of therapies which will be best suited for them. Combinations of ‘Meditating’, ‘Access Consciousness Bars’, ‘Hypnosis’  or even ‘Physical exercising’ allows us to understand where our anger comes from. Additional therapies to cleanse and balance the ‘Chakras’ and ‘Energies’ governing our body may be used. Some of the best Anger Management sessions help every individual understand how to heal their own emotions and body. 

The effectiveness of anger management sessions is in the idea that every individual is unique and will have different requirements. More importantly, these treatments allow individuals to understand their past and also learn how to heal themselves. Combination of treatments allows a stronger healing process which goes much farther than a short term solution.

Our founder and spiritual healer, Deepika Gala has years of experience in healing. She has learnt the arts of Hypnosis, Access Consciousness, Bach Flower treatment and continues to spread the ideas of self-healing. With Philosophy Holistic and Deepika Gala, you will always be in a safe space to understand yourself better and learn anger management in a way best suited for you.

Do kids need Yoga?

Are you worried that your child spends too much time on their mobile phone? Or that your child does not receive enough physical exercise? Do you worry that your child slouches all the time or is restless most of the time?

Even if this is not the case, here are some ways that Yoga helps each child in several ways. 

Flexibility and stronger muscles

Learning to control and relax your muscles from an early age helps children to develop flexibility. When a child has stronger muscles, they secure the health of their bodies in the future. Yoga for kids strengthens the muscles of your child well into adulthood.

Better concentration

Focusing on your breathing and your body is the root of Yoga for kids. When a child learns to relax and observe themselves, they also improve their ability to concentrate. So whether it is while studying or while learning a new game, a child has better concentration by practising Yoga.

Relaxes the mind

Yoga for kids allows the body to observe and learn itself, in this way – Yoga relaxes the body and the mind. The stress of exams or the pressure to study is long forgotten when a child practices Yoga.

Improves breathing and Health

Breathing properly is the most important belief of Yoga – which in turns leads to a great number of health benefits such as improved blood circulation, higher immunity and also balanced metabolism. The more regular the breath is, the surer and stronger the body becomes.

Emotional stability

As each breath is released from the body, Yoga for Kids teaches the child to release negative emotions. Over time, this becomes a balance of understanding your emotions, without being affected by outside interference. With increasing exposure to violence shown on television and hormonal changes, children find it helpful to balance their emotions. 

Sound sleep

Because of technology and screens, the eyesight of children already suffers more than required. Television, mobile phones, etc. disturb the sleep cycle. Yoga for kids allows the children to relax their eyes and their body such that they have proper sleep routines and better sleep. More importantly, when a child learns to let go of mental stress and pressure, they have a more sound sleep.

More Stamina

When Yoga is started with kids from an early age, they have better stamina and endurance – to perform sports activities and to study for longer durations. A child who practices Yoga from an early age will also maintain the higher stamina into adulthood and old age, making them more capable as independent adults.

At Philosophy Holistic Yoga for Kids is a physical activity that focuses on building stamina. The method that Philosophy holistic follows is to make Yoga a physical and energetic activity focusing on the principles of Yoga – breathing and relaxing. Each ‘Aasan’ or pose is taught as a new exercise, which improves the flexibility of the child. With each new pose, your child discovers a different ability of their body. The variety of ‘Aasan’s’ that kids can choose from makes Yoga very fun and energetic to practice.

This makes Yoga very accessible and fun for kids of all ages. Yoga for kids requires more attention on movement to understand the correct techniques to breathe and relax the body. Yoga exercise energises your child so they do not feel restless or irritated and enjoy moving their bodies. So if you are still wondering whether Yoga is for kids, it most certainly is, and Philosophy Holistic teaches Yoga keeping in mind the needs of the child!