Surprisingly, it has been estimated that approximately 20.9 million Americans live with some form of depression, also known as a mood disorder. In light of these alarming statistics, it is helpful to understand that you are certainly not alone if you live with depression. People of all walks of life can experience mind-body illnesses such as depression, migraines, autoimmune, and even some neurological conditions, and no one is exempt. But it is in how we meet those challenges that makes all the difference in the quality of life we ‚Äč‚Äčexperience.

Depression, in particular, can make even the simplest tasks seem monumental, the bright day seem dim. It can swiftly rob a person's body of vitality, and healing power, leaving them with overwhelming feelings of sluggish and malaise, dull ambitions, diminished motivation, and render people living with depression feeling sad and alone. Within the mind-body connection, there are ample daily fluctuations in cortisol, a major stress hormone, and endorphins, uplifting body chemicals that provide for a feeling of wellbeing. Learning to harness the endorphins in your mind-body connection is vitally important to overall health and a sense of well-being.

When a person has what is called clinical depression, depression considering three or more weeks, medical treatment may be necessary and helpful in helping them get back on track, but consider this. Within the mind-body connection there is a secret weapon that can be used to fight the blues before clinical depression rolls in. These simple steps are known to pull a person up onto higher ground when sadness hits, and is best known as attitude adjustment.

Here are 7 easy steps to prevent depression and to promote a better mood through the power of attitude adjustment:

1. Choose to be positive, and do not engage in negative self-talk

2. When negative thoughts begin to occur, remember you have the power to evict them immediately from your mind

3. Prepare a gratitude list each day

4. Listen to uplifting music

5. Take a walk with a friend to increase endorphin production

6. Take a yoga class for mind-body relaxation

7. Mindful of your own mind-body-spirit connection, pray and ask for inner peace

Averting the blues before they take root may be easier than you think, and is key to mind-body self-care. Following these preventative 7 Easy Steps to Attitude Adjustment may well lead you away from the throes of depression and subsequent infirmity, and into a more peace-filled frame of mind. These highly effective steps are designed to be adapted to meet ones' own personal mind-body needs, and bring restoration and rejuvenation physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.