One of the most insidious aspects of depression is the fact that it slams the door on your motivation to climb out of it.
There are many useful alternative approaches to get people out of a depression funk: talking to a therapist, family member, or friend; exercising regularly; or supporting the brain with increased dosages of vitamin D and omega-3 supplements.
Of course, those are all useful and effective approaches. But for people whose depression is in full-throttle, helpful suggestions that require even a small amount of action may seem as implausible as flying to the moon.
So today we’ll look at a depression-reversing technique that’s so easy and effortless, even those who feel shackled by their depression may find the spark they need to break the chains.
All you’ll need is your voice…
Harnessing your secret healing tool
Using your voice to create sound vibration in your body is one of the most basic of human activities. But what you may not realize is that the vibration created by your voice has powerful therapeutic value.
This is one of the most important and useful revelations in Jim Donovan’s Sound Mind Protocol.
Jim Donovan is a professional musician and educator, who has been researching and teaching the therapeutic use of sound. During his research, he discovered that vibrations in your voice stimulate your body’s vagus nerve—a largely untapped healing tool.
Your vagus nerve is the largest nerve in your body. It’s sometimes referred to as the “wandering nerve,” since it runs throughout your entire body—starting in your head, going down through your voice box, and ending in your abdomen… touching on every major organ along the way.
Jim explains that when you stimulate your vagus nerve with the sound of your voice, it triggers the release of “feel good” chemicals that create feelings of wellbeing and deep relaxation.
These chemicals include nitric oxide, dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin. And their combined effects have been shown to reduce blood pressure, while relieving anxiety and treatment-resistant depression.
No pills, no addiction, no side effects
To illustrate the depression-relieving power of vagal nerve stimulation, Jim cites an eight-week study where researchers tested the effects of self-created sound on general well-being.
Participants were told to use a sound technique that mimicked the buzzing sound of bumble bees. Monitoring the volunteers’ brain waves, researchers recorded a boost in their theta brainwave activity—similar to the same brainwave activity in people who meditate.
Jim describes the rest: “The participants reported that making simple vocal sounds reduced their anxiety and improved their mood. Even doing the exercises only once per week helped to keep depression at bay.
“Think about that! They used a simple sound exercise to help themselves feel better… Without pills… Without worry of addiction or liver damage… In less time than it takes to brush and floss your teeth… And with no copay!”
The secret, Jim explains, is the vibrational energy that moves throughout your body—particularly along the vagus nerve.
Improved mood and sense of wellbeing
Research shows that when you harness vibrational energy, healing occurs in multiple ways in your body—and your brain.
Jim notes that Western medicine already uses vibration in various healing techniques. For example, he notes that the FDA has already approved ultrasound methods to help speed the healing of broken bones, treat tendonitis, and relieve painful glaucoma symptoms.
Jim has developed a series of exercises designed to stimulate your vagus nerve and modulate your brainwaves into the relaxation-inducing theta range.
The result, he says, creates a rapid “anxiety elimination,” along with a significant improvement in mood and sense of wellbeing—an ideal opportunity to begin moving out of a depressive state.
Jim says, “You were born with vast inner abilities to enhance your brain health.” And his Sound Mind Protocol is dedicated to doing just that—without resorting to antidepressant drugs with potential side effects that are sometimes just as harmful as depression.