If you’re a life coach, your job is to help motivate others. While that might entail helping a person to draft a resume, start working out, or even call their mom, regardless of the what a person needs or wants to accomplish, you are sure to encounter some resistance. Otherwise, why aren’t they doing it in the first place?
For many people, their mood directly affects how much resistance they have. On the one end, it’s called the blues. On the other, depression. And while we live in a society that more often than not believes in medicating the symptoms away, this Huffington Post from Shannon Bindler and Margalit Ward explores 10 natural ways to do away with your less-than-motivated mood.
According to Bindler and Ward, top on the list is getting into nature and practicing meditation (not necessarily at the same time although this is a good idea!). Doing so not only exposes you to the beauty of the elements, but also provides natural grounding to the soul.
1. Get your hands in the dirt. Gardening has long been known for its meditative, relaxing, and grounding effects. Medical News Today reports that UK scientists have discovered friendly bacteria in soil that reportedly affects the brain in a way similar to antidepressants by increasing the release of serotonin. A great, easy to follow gardening guide is RHS Gardening Month by Month, by Ian Spence.
2. Meditate. Many of us have all heard that meditation reduces stress. Scientists are now beginning to uncover evidence that meditation has a tangible effect on the brain. Professor Mark Williams, from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford conducted a trial study reported by the BBC News, indicates that meditation reduces the likelihood of depression by over 50%. “It suggests to people that they begin to see all their thoughts as just thoughts, whether they are positive, negative or neutral.” Get Self Centered offers meditation workshops and retreats across the US. Or, learn to practice from home with Jack Kornfield’s downloadable audiobook, Meditation for Beginners.
3. Burn Incense.
4. Ingest a yellow flower.
5. Eat Sushi.
6. Move your body.
7. Use natural sweeteners such as Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup.
8. Get in the sunshine.
9. Have a good laugh.
10. Use depression to make you stronger.
Read more from Bindler and Ward on meditation, movement, and laughter to help cure your blues here.