Mountain Villa Breeze Posted: July 6th, 2011

Norma Rivera, Editor
June 30, 2011

The Depression Recovery Seminar wrapped up its 8 week run Thursday June 30, 2011 at Mountain Villa Nursing Center. Depression is a growing epidemic in the country with 20 million affected nationwide. Statistics show that 1 in every 4 women is affected and 1 in every 8 men is affected. About 70 million dollars are spent yearly to treat this disease.

A total of 8 participants completed the course and received their certificates from Norma Rivera, program director. The participants came not because they are depressed but because they wanted to learn and be more emotional intelligent in dealing with everyday problems. Each participant talked about what they learned to enhance optimum brain function and achieve peak performance.

Lilian Jabines talked about positive thinking and how it changes the chemistry of the brain. The neural pathways are strengthened by the way we think. If a person thinks positively, then the positive pathway becomes larger. If one thinks negatively, then the negative pathway is more dominant. Thinking positively makes one feel better. It is a positive duty to resist melancholic feeling on a daily basis.

Betty Calderon talked about nutrition which plays an important role in depression. Depressed people may be deficient in omega 3, folic acid, B12, and B6. Some sources of good omega 3 are flaxseed, walnut, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds. Folic acid are found black-eyed peas and spinach. B12 are fortified cereal, milk and eggs. Diet that consists of a lot of fruits and vegetables is the optimum diet. She emphasized the need of eating good breakfast and light supper for better weight control.

Donovan Rivera said that exercise releases endorphins, which is a hormone that makes you feel better and more relaxed. Regular exercise contributes to mental alertness and physical fitness which must be done 30 minutes to 1 hour daily. Exercise is most beneficial when done outdoors during early morning hours while the sun is rising up. Doing it outdoors versus indoors, you will have the advantage of exercise, sunshine and fresh air all at the same time.

Joanna Mares discussed about sunlight. Sunlight produces serotonin which is usually decreased in depressed people. Serotonin is one of the main ingredients in antidepressant medications. It is better to get serotonin from the sun than in the pill. Further, serotonin is converted to melatonin at night to produce better sleep.

Marie Castro talked about rest. Rest is essential for good mental function. An average of 7-8 hours sleep is the daily requirement. For a person to have good sleep, one must sleep in a quiet and dark room. Sleeping early is much better than sleeping late. One hour of sleep before midnight is equivalent to 2 hours.

Paolo Sanchez talked about classical music. Classical music calms the nerves and massages the brain because of the syncopated rhythm. Although not everybody prefer classical music, he encouraged everyone to listen to classical music 45 minute to 1 hour every two weeks.

Christopher Charles talked about prayer and trust in God. We live in an imperfect world and problems are inevitable. But we need not fear because God is always present in time of need. Worrying is useless, it would not solve anything. Trusting in God and taking Him at His word would bring inner peace.

Cyndi Hernandez was not able to attend. She was to talk about water. Water is one of heaven’s choicest blessings given to all creatures. It is the best cleanser and thirst reliever. One must drink 8 glasses of pure water daily. Although carbonated drinks are a trend in our society, it is not the best. One can of soda contains 8 teaspoons of sugar. Carbonated drinks also deplete calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis. When the brain is dehydrated, it cannot function properly.

After giving thanks for the blessings of health and food, the participants and employees feasted on a sumptuous food prepared by Betty Calderon, Maria Rocha and Norma Rivera. Food was in abundance which consisted of green salad, rice, corn, eggroll, pancit, cucumber salad, turkey and dressing, Korean barbecue, cassava cake, watermelon, another cake topped with fruits and drinks.

Norma Rivera, program director, said that the seminar will be offered again and that employees should take advantage of the seminar. Watch for the next seminar session. It is offered to anyone who feels can benefit from it.