The Rwandan prescription for Depression: Sun, drum, dance and community. "We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask them to leave. They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better, there was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to life you up and bring you back to joy, there was no acknowledgment of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again.
Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for on hour or so and talk about bad things that happened to them. We had to ask them to leave"
I love this approach - common sense and considers all elements of a healthy life :)
I agree that all aspects of life have to be considered and worked on for life to offer the feeling of being content. This in turn supports you being on track with the life you want.
Sometimes (actually frequently..) it is all about helping people 'get out of their head'. Certainly of of the many reasons I love my job, another one is re-connecting my clients with their basic human needs (core values) which the Rwandan's seem to know is the secret from deep down inside.
Get outside, cherish what nature has to offer, move your body and connect with others.
Suzie Doscher is a Professional Executive Coach and Life Coach focusing on Personal Development. Located in Zurich, Switzerland her practical, common sense and enabling approach to personal development has drawn clients to her from across the globe. Suzie