There May Be A Natural Cure For Mild Depression, Says Author of New Book

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If you or someone you love suffers from mild to moderate depression, there may be a completely natural way to treat it, says Denise Coates, author of the new book, Feel it Real!(Atria Books, June 2008). Coates claims this method of curing depression is totally safe with no side effects and is completely free of charge.

If you or someone you love suffers from mild to moderate depression, there may be a completely natural way to treat it, says Denise Coates, author of the new book, Feel it Real!(Atria Books, June 2008). Coates claims this method of curing depression is totally safe with no side effects and is completely free of charge.

On her website, http://www.denisecoates.com, Coates provides eight tips a person with mild depression can follow to cure themselves naturally.

In addition to authoring Feel it Real!, Coates' online coaching program teaches members to use the power of their focus to lift their own spirits. Members come and visit "The Gratitude Lounge" daily to post things that are going well in their lives. They visit the "Intention Cafe" to post about their goals and intentions for the day. Coates teaches games which are emotionally uplifting, both in "Feel it Real!" and on her website. She claims these methods worked to cure her own mild depression several years ago.

So what is Coates' "cure"? She says that it's simply by using your own mind to change your body chemistry.

"If you look at what antidepressants and other mood altering pharmaceuticals do, they basically adjust your own body's chemistry so that you have more feel good hormones and chemicals running through your bloodstream. That's it. That's all they do," says Coates.

So, how does one do that without medication?

Coates says the secret weapon for altering your own moods is closer than you think.

"It weighs about three pounds and is located between your ears," says Coates.

"The secret to curing your own depression is within your own brain. It's the most powerful pharmaceutical company in existence. It has more mood altering chemicals and hormones that you can find in any pharmacy."

Coates goes on to say that what we focus on with our mind has been proven by biologists to alter our own body's chemistry. She gives an example of how we can shift our biology by vividly imagining eating a lemon. Just the thought of eating a lemon will get most people salivating.

What does this do for curing depression, one might ask.

"If your body chemistry alters in response to whatever you're focusing on, then when you decide to imagine happy events, guess what? Yep. Your body chemistry will begin to put out the happy feel good chemicals associated with those happy events," Coates concludes.

Coates claims that when you do this on a very consistent basis (as she teaches in her book, Feel it Real! and in her Feel It Real! Interactive Coaching Program), you will actually begin to rewire your brain and alter the dominant chemicals within your you so that your body becomes trained to secrete the "feel good hormones" instead of the stress and depression hormones.

So how do you learn to retrain your body's chemistry? There are Eight Tips Coates provides on her website (http://www.denisecoates.com) for learning to channel your own inner pharmacist and release the feel good hormones at will in order to cure your own depression.

Tip #1 Spend ten minutes every day vividly imagining your greatest desires coming true. When you vividly imagine your life as you want it to be, your body can't tell the difference between the real and imagined event and you actually active these happy hormones at will! You will learn to watch the "happy movie" of your life and activate the happy body chemicals that go along with that vividly imagined experience.

Tip #2 Take time every day to be grateful for what is good in your life now.
Nothing gets the "feel good chemicals" flowing in your body more freely than the feelings of being grateful. Gratitude is like a muscle and needs to be worked out daily for the body's chemistry to be altered consistently enough to form new "hormonal habits" with your inner chemistry. In the Feel It Real! Interactive Coaching Program, we teach you to train your own mind to be grateful at all times. We even have a "gratitude lounge" where you go daily to post any and all things you are grateful for. When you train yourself to be grateful, you are basically training your inner hormones to make you happy! Daily practice is the key, but the payoff is no more depression!

Tip #3 Practice energy therapy using things like the Emotional Freedom Technique or "E.F.T."
Our bodies are made up of energy patterns. Eastern medicine has known this for centuries. Practices such as acupuncture, energy medicine, reiki, etc. have been around forever because they work. Emotional Freedom Technique (http://www.emofree.com/) founded by Gary Craig offers a simplified version of energy healing where you learn to tap on acupuncture points of your own body to alter your body's chemistry.

To see the remaining five tips, visit http://denisecoates.wordpress.com/2008/04/25/theres-a-cure-for-depression/

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