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Your journey to greater mental wellbeing. Mental health disorders are more common than people realise. If you’re feeling blue, experiencing low mood or depression, you are not alone! Stress, poor health, trauma and loss or changes can all trigger feelings of depression. Thankfully, there are some natural medicines and positive lifestyle habits that can help improve your mood and set you on the path to greater mental health and wellbeing. Put the fire out in your brain Depression can feel like a fire smouldering in your brain, and without the right support it can burn out of control. Inflammation is not just the hot painful swelling you see and feel when you sprain your ankle. These same markers of inflammation that increase when you have an injury, can also be present in your brain and body with depression. Addressing this inflammation can be an important aspect of treatment. Paul is in a prime position to help you put out your depression fire. It is important that treatment is addressed in a multi-faceted approach with appropriate herbs and nutrients and herbs, as well as adopting a healthy lifestyle and developing a positive mind.

Herbs for health and happiness

Feeling low or depressed does not have to be a fact of life, and it does not have to be your version ‘normal’. There are natural medicines that may be beneficial for those with depression which can even be taken safely with anti-depressant medication. These include:

  • Tumeric – This golden herb is not just an ingredient in your Asian cooking. It can act as a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant that can put the fire out in your brain. Curcumin, the active constituent, can increase the size of regions of your brain that promote healthier brain function.

  • Saffron – considered the most expensive spice in the world, saffron is famous for it’s yellow dye and delicate perfume. It is an equally useful herbal medicine for managing depression due to it’s anti-inflammatory actions.

Get moving for healthy mood

Did you know that those who exercise have improved brain function and feel happier? Aerobic exercise is also proven to decrease stress hormones, which can exacerbate mood disorders – try running, swimming, waking or cycling. There are many informal ways of exercising also, such as dancing in your lounge room to your favourite songs! Perhaps you prefer join a sporting team with work, or a local sporting club such as netball, football, cricket, golf or tennis. Don’t under-estimate the power of exercising in a group or with a friend. Social connection and relationship building can be very powerful for improving mental wellbeing.

You are more resilient than you know!

Never under-estimate your inner strength. If you are facing adversities that are worsening your mood, consider what your ‘silver lining’ may be. It could be a renewed appreciation for life, a realisation of true priorities and friendships, or recognition of how strong you really are. Just remember, when life challenges appear on your path, use them as opportunities to flourish and grow. Here to lend a helping hand

With Paul’s support, you will be able to develop holistic strategies to help you feel more positive and in control. As well as supporting you with herbs and nutrients, he can help you adopt a mood enhancing lifestyle for improved stress management and mental health. If you feel like counselling would be useful, Liz is well able to support you in your journey to mental health and happiness.

Contact us today to get your health and happiness prescription underway!

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Brookdale WA 6112

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