Stress and Depression
What is the relationship between stress and depression? The cause of depression is not entirely clear, however, it's believed that both genetic and environmental factors, such as stress, may play a role. You are probably aware that when you become stressed out, you also tend to become more depressed. Persistent or chronic stress has the potential to put vulnerable individuals at a substantially increased risk of depression, anxiety and many other emotional difficulties.
Men and women with recurring symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress are usually barraged by a constant stream of negative "self-talk." Throughout the day they may feel inundated with thoughts, feelings, and fantasies that trigger feelings of depression and stress. Many of these thoughts replay unresolved issues of health, finances, or personal and work relationships. This relentless mental replay of unresolved issues can reinforce the anxiety symptoms and lead to stress causing depression.
Many factors contribute to maintaining good mental health and avoiding stress and depression, including getting enough sleep, exercising on a consistent basis, eating sensibly, and effectively managing stress causing depression. If you have chronic depression and stress, a doctor may recommend relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing or visualization, soothing activities, such as yoga or massage, or professional therapy.
While the StressEraser is not proven to cure depression and stress, it can help you to focus your breathing and help relieve stress and depression by focusing your thoughts on deep breathing and turning off upsetting thoughts.
The StressEraser clearly shows you your breathing patterns, and makes you more aware of how your breathing is affected by changes in mood, stress and depression. The more stressed out you get, the shallower and faster and tighter and higher your breathing becomes. As you learn to slow down your breathing and find your optimal breathing rate with the StressEraser, you will literally see the pattern of your pulse rate go from jagged waves to long, smooth waves, and learn to relax your mind and body, shutting out stress causing depression.
By using the StressEraser on a regular basis after a while feeling relaxed will become second nature. Even when you don’t have your StressEraser handy, you will become better at recognizing your body’s reaction to stress - and become able to stop it and even reverse it, and hopefully avoid stress causing depression.