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How Mindfulness and Gratitude are Combating Depression and Anxiety


<p>In today&rsquo;s society, there is a lot of casual talk about depression and anxiety. Many flippant jokes are made in the&nbsp;media about these difficult emotions and mental illnesses, which can lead to a lack of understanding about how&nbsp;these struggles truly affect one&rsquo;s day to day life.</p> <p>Depressive and anxiety disorders are much more than simply feeling sad or nervous. These struggles penetrate someone&rsquo;s life much deeper than a normal emotional fluctuation. Someone with depression cannot find joy in anything in their lives and may find it nearly impossible to get themselves out of bed, or to shower, or cook themselves meals. Someone with anxiety will negatively spiral and panic at the sheer thought of doing something wrong or needing to do a simple errand like going to the store. These mental illnesses make completing simple daily tasks next to impossible for those affected. However, there is hope and it is possible to receive treatment that works.</p> <p>Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a key element in the treatment of mental illness across the board, including depression and anxiety. Many varying studies have showed that the majority of those suffering from mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety showed improvement after ongoing talk therapy treatment.</p> <p>In addition to psychotherapy, integrating a dose of mindfulness, gratitude, and kindness into a patient&rsquo;s regular daily routine can catapult suffers into an improved state. Mindfulness, kindness and gratitude interventions have shown to lead to improvements in life satisfaction, studies have shown. Thoughts are very powerful tools that many do not utilize. Focusing patients on shifting their present, negative thoughts created by their mental illnesses has proven to be a critical step toward overall mental health improvement.</p> <p>The true key to healing from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety is to combine these two treatments. Working toward self-administered gratitude and mindfulness is a wonderful step, but to truly optimize a mental health treatment plan, it is crucial to seek psychotherapy treatment from a professional. Patients who take the time to build positive relationships with their therapist and other mental health professionals have shown to achieve consistently more positive results during treatment.</p>