DEPRESSION - Did you know?

  • Go ahead and enjoy some chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries which may elevate moods when combined with other healthy lifetyle choices. -Medical News Today
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction, which teaches the mind to simply be attentive to the present and not dwell in the past or future, decreases the feelings of loneliness according to a study at UCLA.
  • Do kids that learn about emotions avoid anxiety and depression? Researchers at the University of Miami think so. Learned problem solving skills, strategies for assessing situations, parent training, and behavior options can all reduce depression. -Grace Rattue, Medical News Today

When Depression Gets In the Way

One in ten adults in the U.S. are affected by depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outcome of other chronic illnesses, work productivity, and quality of life are negatively affected by depression. If you know someone who is depressed, share these tips from How to Live Well with Depression–one of the self-care motivation card sets available on our website. We all could benefit from a little more kindness in our lives.

Each day, try doing at least one thing that:

  • Nurtures you Such as caring for an animal or plant or listening to instrumental music
  • Makes you stronger Try having that tough conversation or getting out of your comfort zone
  • Makes you proud of how you live your life Do you live with integrity and respect?
  • Helps someone else It could be a friend, an acquaintance at the coffee shop, or a group of people in your neighborhood.

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MEET CARA MYERS

Expert horticulturist and garden designer Cara Myers can transform any space into a beautiful and inspiring environment.

Q: Does horticultural therapy really exist?I'm not a therapist, but I do know many people who are positively transformed by a beautiful orchid, a hanging bubble terrarium, or a landscape I've designed for them.

Caring for plants can connect you to life in a way that nothing else really can. I heard that there are gardening programs in England now that are designed to help people stressed by their work. It's even replacing some prescription medications.

Q: What plants would you suggest for someone with a green thumb? We offer many classes to help people create their own living art. One class, how to create vertical succulent “walls,” is very popular. The succulents fill the shape of a picture frame that hangs in the house or an outside wall, and they require little care. You can use a wide variety of succulents, many with very unique shapes. A trendy item on our website are orbs to form a hanging succulent garden. I'm always impressed with how creative people can get with a few plants and props.

Cara and her husband Will own two garden stores, including DIG Gardens, which was highlighted in Better Homes and Gardens and Sunset Magazine.

See http://www.diggardensnursery.com.

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