This time of year used to always be a bit rough for me. I would feel overwhelmed with the need to make resolutions, and then I would feel even worse about myself when I would cave and fail at said resolution. My lack of willpower is astonishing. LOL
This year, I’ve decided to NOT make resolutions.
What?! I know, it sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?! How can one enter a new year without making resolutions?!
I am, however – setting goals for myself. I’m setting many different goals ranging from eating better and cooking at home more (#JJcooks, look for it on Twitter and Instagram), to spending more time with family and friends. But one of my main goals is to get a handle on my depression and anxiety, and start making a conscious effort to work on my issues.
I’ve openly talked about my battle with depression and anxiety here on the blog, it’s no secret. I really believe that the more we talk about it – the more we remove the stigma around mental health. Hopefully. And if by sharing my stories I help even one person feel less alone, it’s worth it.
Before the holidays snuck up and took over, I had the opportunity to visit Helix Healthcare and chat with the Clinical Director, and co-founder, Jesse Hanson. Jesse had this calming sense about him that immediately made me feel comfortable. Jesse told me more about Helix Healthcare and their approach to achieving long-term result with their patients.
At the Helix Healthcare Group, we believe that true healing must encompass both the mind and the body to achieve long-term results. With the right environment, an effective set of tools, and a holistic support system, clients can not only recover, but also achieve lasting wellness. Standard medical models concerning mental health and addiction issues are often limited and restricted. On the other side of the spectrum, holistic and natural treatments may not address all the underlying issues. Helix Healthcare brings together the best of both worlds.
While I have started taking medication to help with my depression and anxiety, I have always been interested in learning more about other options to aide. It’s a well-known fact that exercise and diet contribute to your overall well-being, especially when it comes to your mental health. Exercise is one of THE best antidepressants out there. Getting your heart rate up and working up a sweat releases those awesome endorphins. It makes you feel better about yourself, and overall.
After my “accident,” when I spent some time in the hospital – the doctors there tried to encourage me to meditate. I don’t know about you – but my mind is always racing. There are a million things running through my mind at any given time. Meditation always scared me because every time I tried, I felt as though I was failing simply because I couldn’t shut my mind off. I mentioned that to Jesse, and he made an amazing point.
Meditation is not about having a clear state of mind. It’s about having a calm state of mind. Thoughts will creep up, all you have to do is acknowledge them and let them pass.
After chatting for a bit, Jesse suggested I participate in a sound therapy session. He had read my blog prior to meeting, and we even discussed in more detail my struggles and concerns, and he suggested the sound therapy because it was not only a good introduction to the treatments available at Helix Healthcare, but also a great treatment option for someone with severe anxiety.
What sound therapy does is it capitalizes on that science and helps fine-tune the instrument of the human body. For example, if someone is in an anxious state of mind, their cellular vibrations are very high. If that person were to get sound therapy, the music and the instruments will actually speak to the cells in a way that helps those cells start to come down and to slow down, and the result is that the person feels more relaxed, a lot more grounded, a lot more calm. Sound therapy is a very special way of working with anxiety and it can also be effective with depression as well.
I’m not even going to lie. I was incredibly hesitant at first. I had literally no idea what to expect. Would I just lay there and listen to a pre-recorded tape of waves crashing? To my surprise, it was the complete opposite. Sound therapy is a unique therapeutic intervention that integrates the use of specially tuned instruments to create shifts in the human nervous system. My Sound Therapist made me feel at ease and even applied acupuncture needles for the duration of my session. No word of a lie, after only a few minutes I could feel my heart slow down (it’s usually racing, especially when I’m nervous/anxious – obviously), and my breathing become more calm. I started taking deeper breaths and feeling a sense of calm takeover. Low and behold – my mind also slowed down. It didn’t come to a complete halt, LOL – there were still a few things running through, but I took Jesse’s suggestion and acknowledged each thought, and let it pass.
So, as one of my goals is to get a handle on my depression and anxiety, I’m going to be heading back to Helix Healthcare and sitting down with Jesse again. We’re going to sit down and develop a plan that is suited for my needs. That’s one of the great things about Helix Healthcare – all the staff work as a team and work together on each patient, ensuring all of the needs of the patient are being met and working together to get the best result.
While I am most certainly interested in participating in more Sound Therapy sessions, we’ve also discussed adding in yoga, massage therapy, hypnosis, and therapy sessions. Helix Healthcare combines the standard medical procedures with a holistic approach – offering the best of both worlds. Win – Win!
Have you ever tried a holistic approach to an illness? While it’s not as main stream – it is definitely becoming a more popular approach. In fact – some of the treatments may actually be covered by your benefits, if you’re lucky enough to have them through your employer.