4. Prevent Depression
Prolonged grief can be a slippery slope, especially when stress and anxiety aren’t remedied. No one wants to slide into a state of depression, not even briefly. So here’s a list of preventative tips and remedies to help pull you out of depression before it has a firm grip.
Food. If you aren’t eating healthy foods, your mind and emotions could suffer even more. Try eating fresh foods naturally high in prana (subtle life force energy), like colorful fruits and veggies.
Sleep. Getting enough good-quality sleep is critical. You might even find yourself needing extra sleep.
Kindness. When we help others, we stop thinking, “what about me?” It might seem very challenging at first, but stretch your hand out to another person in need—you will begin to feel lighter with every act of kindness.
Dance. We have all heard the saying, “Dance like no one is watching!” This applies to not only overcoming shyness but also releasing pent-up emotions. It is cathartic to dance without restricting yourself, and you might have a much-needed good cry!
Praise. Be sure to give yourself a pat on the back when you have had even small successes on your journey through grief. Praising, whether yourself or another, is a little-known way to raise your life force energy! You got this!
Valor. Sometimes you need to gather all your strength to face the day. So call on your inner lion/lioness to invoke courage and tackle the day!
Spiritual Wisdom. Art of Living founder and spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shares how not to let sadness control your life, watch here.
Sound baths. Music to soothe the soul is just the ticket to lift you up and make your sadness smaller. Read here for sound baths and mental bubble baths for a different kind of transformational pampering.
Meditate. Meditation for depression relief is a widely recognized self-care tool. One of the best meditation techniques to consider is mantra-based meditation, known for its effortlessness. If you don’t have a mantra-based meditation practice yet, consider registering for a Silent Retreat.
Breathe. This cannot be overstated! Breathwork is vital when dealing with emotions. The Art of Living Retreat Center’s Happiness Retreat offers a wealth of breathing techniques for handling your mind and emotions.
5. Breath-Based Meditation
Where do you feel grief in the body? Often there is a sensation in the throat area. Where do you feel gratitude? Also in the throat! You feel choked up with either emotion.
It is possible to transform grief into gratitude by appreciating all life’s blessings and energetically facilitating a shift using breath and meditation.
SKY Breath Meditation, taught in our Happiness and Silent Retreat programs, masterfully takes you from grief and sadness to optimism and joy! Studies have shown that SKY significantly decreases both clinical and non-clinical depression. Learn SKY Breath Meditation, and you will find yourself coming out the other side of grief into a life filled with more happiness.
Lastly, know that time is a good friend, and this too shall pass.