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When growth is the only option...

The Evolving Self is an e-newsletter that reflects the belief that growth is a choice that can bring an ever deepening and expanding awareness of who we are and what we are here for. The reader can expect affirmations, quotes, book reviews, insightful commentary and tips that support the growth of the individual.

Affirmation: I am powerful beyond measure.

Quote:  "What people never understand is that depression is not about the outside; it's about the inside."  -Jasmine Warga

Newsletter archives:

March 2018 - You Don't Have to Do Anything You Don't Want to Do

February 2018 - The Longest Journey/Whole Brain Thinking

January 2018 - Trauma and Resilience/ACE's

Certified Aromatherapist

As a Certified Aromatherapist, I am qualified to make custom blends to address various health concerns and skin issues. Many aromatherapy blends also have a quality of emotional support. If you are interested in custom blends to support your physical and/or emotional health and/or coaching along with aromatherapy solutions, please email me at

Do you have a diffuser? There are a few different types of diffusers to choose from. Today, I want to talk about ultrasonic diffusers. An ultrasonic diffuser is an electrical device which works by releasing into the air. water and essential oils in a cool mist. It is a safe alternative to candles and incense and is a way of bringing the benefits of essential oils into your home and office spaces. I have two diffusers at home, one in my bedroom in which I use oils that support relaxation and calm and one in my home office in which I use oils that support energy and concentration.

Ultrasonic diffusers are available on Amazon among other places and are very inexpensive. For a 100ml diffuser, you can add up to 5 drops of oils such as Lavender, Chamomile and Bergamot to aid in creating a calm environment.

Depression Stigma

Kaiser is currently doing a national campaign to educate and inform people about Depression in the hopes of reducing the stigma people experience around it.

Interestingly, the statistics show that Depression is so prevalant in our country that it is referred to as "the common cold of mental illness." But it is hard to establish accurate numbers because it is underreported mainly because people don't want the stigma of depression. The NIMH (National Institute for Mental Health) estimates that 16 million people in the US suffer from depression. That is 6.9% of the population. Depression is also the leading cause of disability when people go on medical leave from work.

All of those statistics typcially help people to feel that they are not alone. But by it's very nature, Depression is a condition that inspires isolation and withdrawal from other people. People often compare their insides to everyone else's outsides and they look around seeing happy, active people and they feel like something's wrong with them because they don't fit in.

With so many people experiencing depression, you would think that there would be more acceptance of it and perhaps there is on an interpersonal level. But unfortunately, our insurance system will take a depression diagnosis and really, any diagnosis and use it as an excuse to charge more for coverage or even deny coverage for a "pre-existing" condition.

The truth is, that like anger and anxiety, depression is a part of the instinctual activation system in the human body. The activation system is entirely based on perception; the individual's perception of their level of power in comparison to the dangers/stressors they encounter in life.

Based on the mind/body connection, if the mind perceives that the current challenge is more powerful than the individual, their body will react with the desire to run away. If the challenge appears less powerful, the individual's body will react with anger and the desire to overcome it. If the challenge is perceived as inescapable and there is no clear action to take, the individual's body will react by freezing in powerlessness. It is waiting for clear direction when in reality there may be nothing the individual can do. 

What is perceived as more powerful/less powerful or inescapable is also entirely based on the perception of the individual and their beliefs about themselves. This is why people who have been traumatized and/or abused are more prone to depression as typcially their sense of individual power was compromised through their experience of abuse.

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I help people identify and modify their core beliefs, please contact me for Health & Wellness/Life Coaching. 

Contributing factors to Depression

There are several factors which contribute to depression including:

  • Body Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Hormones
  • Illness and Disease
  • Medications
  • Misuse of Alcohol and Drugs
  • Stressful Life Event(s)

Other than genetics and stressful life events, the others really all relate to body chemistry. If you think about all the elements that effect our body chemistry, they might include things like food, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, medications, exercise, and sunlight. The truth is that EVERYTHING effects our body chemistry. Everything we injest, everything we do, everything we feel and everything we think. The mind/body connection works both ways, so the things you put into your body can effect your chemistry and alter your mood and your thoughts and feelings can also alter your mood which effects your chemistry.

This is powerful information and reflects good news and bad news. The good news is: you have some power/influence over what you put into your body, how much you exercise and how much sunlight you are exposed to. The bad news: you are responsible for what you put in your body, how much exercise you get and how much sunlight you are exposed to. And of course, if severe enough, it is challenging to do anything when deeply depressed. Sometimes, anti-depressant medication is the only thing that gets people moving.

I work with people who want to get moving again and set achievable, reachable goals with accountability, please contact me by clicking here.

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Jaqui Duvall works as a coach, mentor, trainer, facilitator and public speaker developing and delivering workshops, leading mentoring groups and working with individuals to help them identify and express their inner spirit and live a life of consciousness and intention. •  San Jose