Hello everyone. So, I’m here in my PJ’s, in my bedroom on a Saturday night. Standard procedure. But, I was inspired to write this post and I may as well do something useful while I’m sitting here on my bed. As you may know, I’ve written a previous, brief post about my journey dealing with anxiety & depression. But now that I’m doing a little better I thought I would share some tips that I have learned in the hope that it could help someone one day.
Sidenote – [I feel like in my personal life I sometimes get judged for being mean/aggressive, and sometimes that’s true. But people who really know me, I hope, would know that deep down I do have a good heart and do want to help people who may be struggling, if I can]
In no particular order, these are my tips for dealing with anxiety & depression:
Seek help –This is a tough one, but it is so worth it. When your anxiety gets to the point that it interferes with your ability to function day-to-day, it may have gotten to the stage where getting some help is a good idea. I got to the point where I didn’t want to leave my house, and when I did leave it was like a nightmare in my mind. I also got to the stage where I didn’t see the point in getting out of bed. Getting help is definitely a step in the right direction.
Talk to someone – A family member, a friend, your doctor or even an internet chat room. Talking to someone goes a long way, because then you are acknowledging that you’re having a problem. It also helps to get things off your chest rather than bottle it up. [You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge – Dr Phil].
Challenge your thinking – I think that you need to accept the fact that you are struggling with anxiety, depression or both. But, that doesn’t mean that those thoughts control you. If you can challenge your thoughts and try to think logically about what is making you anxious, then it’s easier to manage the anxiety.
Keep a mood/anxiety chart – I started keeping one of these, and I’m not sure exactly how it helps. But, it is interesting to keep track of your good and bad days, and try to figure out what exactly is making you anxious/depressed.
Do things you enjoy – Motivation does not come on it’s own, you need to do the things you enjoy and then you will be motivated to keep doing them. Doing the things you love can get you into a better head space, improve your mood and be a distraction from whatever may be troubling you at the time.
Exercise/eat well – Exercising regularly and eating well most of the time is so important. Even though sometimes I can’t be bothered going to the gym, I still walk everyday just to get some light exercise. You don’t have to become a gym rat, but exercise is important for your mind and your physical health as well.
So, those are my tips. If you have other tips that I haven’t mentioned, please leave them below. I’m not perfect and could use any advice you have to offer!
Until next time,