How To Support Someone With Depression

How to support someone with depression? There’s a lot being said about people who suffer from it and how to get help but I feel like not a lot is being said or expressed by those who have a loved one that suffers from depression.

I am one of those. A very dear person in my life has struggled with depression for years. It is hard for me to talk about this and I won’t go into details about my loved one ordeal.  This is video is for you, the person who has a loved one who may be depressed. your support and encouragement can play an important role in his or her recovery.

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I promise you, they appreciate it, even though it feels like you’re repeating yourself over and over and nothing. Rest assure, you MUST take care of yourself as well.

What you need to remember:

  • It is not personal
  • This is not a game, it is serious
  • Ignoring it, won’t make it go away
  • You. Can’t. Fix. It.

BUT your are the first line of defense in the fight against depression. Always remember that 2 ears 1 mouth ratio. Just encourage them to talk in a kind way and listen, listen, listen.  And of course, ask if they need advice – don’t just offer it.

You can also try asking questions like:

  • Did something happen that made you start feeling this way?
  • How can I best support you right now?
  • Have you thought about getting help?

Avoid saying:

  • Just snap out of it.
  • What’s wrong with you?
  • Shouldn’t you be better by now?
  • It’s all in your head.
  • We all go through times like this.
  • Look on the bright side.
  • You have so much to live for why do you want to die?
  • I can’t do anything about your situation.

How to do take care of yourself???

  • Set boundaries: ask your loved one to get a therapist
  • Take some time for yourself every day, especially if you live with the depressed person
  • Seek support from a trusted friend – make sure they are discreet
  • Keep living your own life
The Power Of Words

Do you words have power? Is there some truth to the claim some people make about the power of words? Most people have strong opinions about this and I was one of them.

But after watching a documentary about water, where a scientist (dr. Masaru Emoto) that explains how your words and even your thoughts (positive or negative) can affect molecules of water. I was curious, even fascinated. Then, a few months ago, I saw a Facebook post from Danielle Laporte about an experiment she did with her son. So I set out to recreate the exact same experiment on video and see for myself.

Here’s what my experiment looked like: I cut out 1 apple in half, sealed each half in an identical Mason jar and stored them in the exact window sill for approx. 21 days.

Every day for a month I said negative and demeaning words to what I called the “bad apple”. Things like “you’re nasty, fat and ugly. You’re stupid and incapable. You can’t do anything right. Why do you even try! You suck and I hate you”.

The other half, the “good apple” heard beautiful words of encouragement. I told her things like: “you are so smart, amazing, sweet and gentle. You are amazing and I am in awe of you, you are the best, I love you”.

The first 7-10 days not much was happening… but then things started to change.

Check out the video above to learn the results.

Food Allergy Elimination Diet

Ever wonder how to do a food allergy elimination diet? IF you are having food allergies or intolerances, you might want to eliminate certain foods from your diet for a few weeks, allow your body to heal and then slowly re-introduce foods to help you learn what helps and what doesn’t.

And on the comments below the video, tell me: Have you tried something similar before? If so, what was your experience? Let me know in the comments below the video!

And feel free to share my new fun Infographic below!

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How To Do Oil Pulling

Welcome to video #4 of the detox diaries. On this video I want to focus on a single, simple yet powerful detoxifying technique that’s all the rage these days.

Oil pulling!

A fantastic, simple practice that will keep your teeth looking amazing and your gut from too many toxins. So What the heck is Oil Pulling?

It is an ancient detoxification art that started in India as oil gargling thousands of years ago.

Go to the video below to learn more and how to do it!

OK, be honest! Will you try it? Pretty-please! Just once, you will LOVE It!

Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Snacks The Help You Detox

Welcome to video #2 of the detox diaries.On video #1 we talked about snacks that add to your toxic overload.

On this video, I’ll give you 6 foods that you can eat as snacks or in meals which are very healthy, yummy and have a detoxifying effect in your body.

So without further ado, here they are!

Had any idea these were helping you detox? Have you ever tried any? Which one are you willing to try first (or next)?

Let me know in the comments below!

STOP! Eating These Toxic Snacks

Welcome to video no. 1 of a 4-video series called the Detox Diaries!

Detox is all the rage these days and for good reason: we are bombarded by pollution and toxins that are wreaking havoc in our bodies and our lives. It is making us cranky, really sick and contributing to diseases that are killing us before our time.

On video #1 we’ll talk about foods (namely snacks) that are marketed as healthy alternatives but that you should AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE because they are way too toxic for ya.

Check It Out!

Please tell me which one of these surprised you the most? Let’s start a conversation!

Tips To Help You Speed Up Your Metabolism

Here I am, offering another fabulous video series. This one is all about metabolism. And this is video #1!

On this video you will learn what the heck is metabolism, how it affects your weight management and 5 tips that keep my clients’ metabolism nice and high and their weight nice and low.

Women as young as 24 and as old as 53 have the same amazing results following these 5 simple tips. Check them out!

So tell me, which of these tips are you willing to try first? Which one has helped you so far?

Let me know, in the comments below!

Healthy Foods To Lose Weight

Are you looking for healthy ways to lose weight?

Americans spend a whopping $30 billion per year on diet products, many of which don’t even work.

$30 Billion!

A better way to get real weight-loss results? Go grocery shopping.

Dozens of foods, from kale to kelp, that can help you fight hunger, kick your candy addiction, boost your metabolism-and ultimately shed pounds.

And some of these Superfoods deliver health bonuses too.

Here are my Top 10 favorite and best foods to lose weight fast!

Which of these Superfoods are you most likely to use in your weight loss efforts?

Which ones have you already used successfully?

Let me know in the comments below!

How To Stop Sugar Cravings

Do you have sugar cravings?

If so, you’re not alone. Most of  us have or have had serious cravings for sugar (especially the refined, crappy kind) at one point of another.

In a society that eats refined sugar by the pound, having regular sugar cravings can become a serious issue that may lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more.

Some research has indicated that sugar cravings are actually a form or addiction and a few doctors and scientists out there consider sugar to be toxic.

(Yikes!)

How do you actually stop sugar cravings?

Check out the video to learn more.

So tell me, how much sugar do you currently consume?

Are you ready to kick your sugar cravings to the curb?

Which one of these tips are you most likely to implement TODAY?

Leave a comment below and let me know!

 

A Client Asks Jovanka Health-Related Questions

A few weeks ago I was sitting in a lounge in the Meatpacking District neighborhood in New York City with some awesome people, including my dear friend and client Jason. He was wondering if some of the basic questions that he’s had about his health and lifestyle were fairly common or if he was unique in his concerns.

Guess What?

He wasn’t!

Many people have similar questions and are often bombarded with too much information that confuse them even more!

Are you one of them?

If you are, check out this video. Jason agreed to ask me some of these questions in front of the camera, so that you too can benefit from the answers!

DISCLAIMER: This video is a bit longer than my normal <5 minute videos and a bit darker too (thanks to some lighting issues). Bare with this because the information in it is TOTALLY worth it!

In the comments below, tell me: which of these questions resonated with you the most?

Which one of these pieces of advice are you most likely to implement today?

 

Dark Chocolate: A Guilty Pleasure That’s Good For You!

For many people, chocolate is a guilty pleasure.

But its key ingredient, cocoa powder, has several health benefits, especially when used as a supplement.

Eaten in small amounts, this indulgence can have positive effects on the immune and cardiovascular systems and boost your mood.

Check out this video to learn the top 7 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Are you a serious choco-holic? Have you tried dairy-free, chocolate bars?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

6 Foods To Eat Before/After A Workout

Regular exercise is an essential part of healthy living.

It helps your body stay strong and flexible, helps your blood sugar stay balanced and your blood pumping.

It is important also to give your body the right fuel it needs for energy endurance and repair before, during and after your workout.

So, what are the best foods to get the best out of your workout?

These foods will help you reach your workout goals faster and get that sexy body in shape quicker.

 

 

Which ones of these foods do you already consume regularly?

Which one was a surprise for you?

Let me know! Leave a comment below.

 

What If The Whole World Ate Like Americans?

The US has about 5% of the world’s population but uses 25% of the world’s energy.

If the rest of the world ate as much food or used as much energy and natural resources as Americans do, we would need…

2 planets….

to sustain life.

How can you lower your carbon footprint with eco-friendly eating habits?

Check out this video to learn how!

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Which one of these tips are you most likely to implement today?

Let me know by leaving a message below!

 

 

Want To Lose Weight, Feel Great And Look Hot? SLEEP!

Are you sleeping well?

Do you wake up feeling refreshed, energized and ready to take on the day?

If you AREN’T, you need to watch this video. If you ARE, you need to SHARE this video with the estimated 50% of the North American population that is not!

Check out these great tips to help improve the quality of your sleep!

 

 

How many hours to you sleep?

Are you getting high quality sleep?

Let me know by LEAVING A MESSAGE BELOW!

 

About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...

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