Tuesday, 19 September 2017

I'm back

Michelle Louise Love, urban exploring, graffiti, lifestyle blog, essex, brentwood

It's been nearly a year since my last post, that year has gone so fast but there has been so much change. After my last post I felt a shift emotionally and I just didn't feel in the right space to continue blogging. I personally feel that my creativity, writing ability and motivation are very much tied to how I feel, so if I don't feel quite myself then I find it difficult to create blog posts or even come up with ideas.

May of last year I began a personal journey to help cure myself of my depression with natural therapies. I didn't get around to doing a conclusive post of how I feel a year on, and that wasn't because I was still feeling bad. There have been lots of ups and downs but somehow I do feel I am coping better than I would have previously. The whole project did open my eyes to a huge amount of suppressed information about our health. I spent probably hundreds of hours watching talks and seminars, reading papers and studies as well as reading people's personal experiences on curing illness or chronic disease with natural therapies, and it made me realise just how important it is. In western society we have been taught not to believe in the power of food, plants and exercise. From the time we are little we are told that medicine is the only way forward for most things and we buy into it because it's easy to swallow a pill if we think it will fix the issue.

The problem is that medicine is unnatural and with most drugs there will be a whole host of side effects that will eventually make you more unwell than you were to start with! When you have a cold do you reach for the beechams or lemsip? People around the world would make a hot honey and lemon rather than putting something unnatural in their body. People in Greece or Turkey would apply yogurt and cucumber to soothe sunburn, in England we are more likely to reach for a product marketed as "after sun".

I discovered that garlic is just as powerful as warfarin but you don't see people going to their GP and being told to eat garlic everyday, instead they are put on blood thinning medication!

Just like people suffering from depression are put straight on medication to mask their feelings rather than trying to find the root cause! It makes me angry that there are so many people that will spend the rest of their lives on anti depressants because the medical system is failing them. It's quicker to shove someone out of the surgery door with a prescription for some pills than send them to a dietitian and a counsellor. Some forms of depression are nutritionally caused, if you are lacking in certain vitamins and minerals it can cause you to feel depressed. How many people that turn up at their GP's mercy are told that one? Of course not everyone would choose the more holistic route because it would take effort on their part to make changes to their life. I know there are people that would rather just take medication, but I am also sure that there are plenty of people who would like to be given the choice to not be stuck on medication and just need the tools to help themselves.

There seems to be a fundamental issue with our society and we are moving further and further away from whats important in this country. I read a paper about how London is one of the loneliness capitals of Europe, and do you know what loneliness leads to? You got it, DEPRESSION. There are elderly people all over the country that are literally giving up on life because they are lonely and have no human contact. It makes me so sad that it is so rife and yet people really have no idea it's happening. Other European countries put so much importance on family, friends and food, and that is for very good reason!

From personal experience I felt my worst when I was alone, I have a terrible habit of cutting myself off from people when I feel a bit blue and it's the worst thing you can possibly do for your mental health. If you isolate yourself it will only make you feel more down, because humans aren't solitary creatures. There's truth in the old saying "a problem shared is a problem halved", I'm not saying it will fix everything but it really does help. Don't underestimate the power of a support network.

Now I know I have been rambling and most people probably won't have made it to the end of this post, but this is a subject I am very passionate about. I hope if you have read this, you will be more open to a few natural therapies. Maybe drinking that peppermint tea instead of reaching for a rennie, or try drinking ginger tea if you feel a bit nauseous.

If you are interested in anything I found whilst researching then feel free to ask.

Have a good day everyone!

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