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Family dinners = Happiness

The Mediterranean life style isn’t all about the diet. It’s a way of life; living on the Mediterranean for so long, you take everything for granted. The food, the sun, the relaxed attitude, family and health.

The things I miss the most are my family and the sun. I didn’t need vitamin D supplements that’s for sure! As for family, they are the core of your being. And that’s part of what the mediterranean lifestyle is all about. Enjoying your time with loved ones, having never ending meals together , free therapy (that’s what family does for you!)…

This is why I always stress on having meals with your loved ones, be it your spouse, your kids, or your extended family. Being in a relaxed and happy atmosphere can help decrease the risk of  depression and other diseases, and make for a healthier and happier family.

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The simple act of gathering your family around the table may make more of a difference than you ever thought.

-Studies have shown that teens who eat with their family have lower rates of depression.

-Frequent family meals are associated with a lower risk of smoking, drinking and using drugs.

-Family dinners helps keep family members updated on each others lives, and creates stronger bonds.

-Family dinners help lower obesity rates and eating disorders in kids and teens.

-When kids eat at home with their family, they eat healthier, therefore there is less room for bad habits to form.

Make time. I know it’s not easy when you are struggling with scheduals, PTA, work, laundry! But try it at least once and see the difference in everyone in your family. Stress on having at least one meal a day all together, where each member can talk freely and share his latest news. Let your mind relax for a while , enjoy the moment and enjoy your family.

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Depression: how to get out of it

How many of you have gone to the doctor with symptoms you couldn’t even explain, only to be told that it was depression? From palpitations, to difficulty in breathing, to migraines, to mood swings, to sleeping all day…to name a few!

And what did they give you? Anti anxiety tablets, anti depressive tablets, sleeping pills, mood stabilizing tablets and so on.

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I was diagnosed with depression 10 years ago. We didn’t have at the time support groups or counseling. Family was the only support there was.

I was prescribed a medication that I took for 3 years; I couldn’t cry anymore. The person I was disappeared. It was terrible.

So I stopped them without asking anyone, I just stopped and tried alternative ways to heal myself. I discovered I wasted 3 years of my life “not being there”.

Now that I think about it, I realize that the cure is always within our reach, because it’s inside us. I am not a guru or a spiritual healer, I just read a lot of self help books, worked on my meditation ( from a book!) , walked a lot and worked on myself to truly believe that “this too shall pass”.

And it passed, it took a lot of time but it passed. Being happy is a state of mind we choose to have. No matter what the reasons are, we weren’t put on this earth to be miserable and depressed. We have to find ourselves the key to unlock our door and receive the positive vibes that are around us.

A few of the things that helped me:

Walking: It is the best sport for depression, even the doctor agreed! Just free your mind and concentrate on walking the distance.

-Find a mantra that works for you. Repeat it, a thousand times a day if needed. You will believe it eventually.

-Read a lot of self help books. They help.

-Try meditation, or regulating your breathing. They help to calm your heart rate.

-When you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t breathe, sit down and copy recipes, as many as it takes. Concentrate only on what you are writing. It will take your mind off your situation. (My spiritual healer gave me this tip, and I’ve tried it many times)…It works.

-Be around happy people. They will lift you up.

-Stop binging on comfort food, or alcohol. Eat healthy, vitamins help in reducing depression. (B complex vitamins work directly with the nervous system, and factor highly in mental health and emotional well being).

-Always be grateful for what you have, the other side of the fence isn’t always greener. There is worst.

Again, i stress that to reach this point of truly understanding and managing your depression takes a lot of time and work (work on yourself, work on your mood, work on appreciating what life can offer you ). Perseverance and wanting to get out of the hole you’re in is key. Think only about yourself. Because if you’re not in a good place , you will lose  your children, husband, wife, whoever is the closest to you.

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This is what I did. I would love to hear about your experiences too.

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