Having depression can be very difficult to deal with and it can become really hard to manage your mental illness in a healthy way. People can turn to bad habits like drinking and drugs. These will not help you with managing your depression, they may give you some relief and may make you feel better in the short term but it won’t help you in the long run. Those habits are dangerous and will cause much more damage, drinking alcohol causes depression and drugs can also cause many other problems and there is also the worry of addiction. This is why I am here today with 10 healthy ways of managing your depression
Sleep is so important it allows us and our bodies to recover, recoup and regenerate us from the stress that gathered throughout the day. Sleep allows our brain to relax. It is recommended that you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night for your body to recover from daily stress. These hours depend on the activities you do throughout the day. If you workout and have a hard labouring job nine hours may be needed. Compared to some who don’t work out and works in an office all day may need only seven hours sleep.
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Eating and drinking
Food feeds our body and our brain needs food too but not the bad kinds of food like processed foods, foods high in fat, sugar, etc. Clean eating is very important. Foods such as avocado, blueberries, broccoli, coconut oil, leafy greens, salmon, turmeric, eggs, walnuts and dark chocolate are the best foods for mental health because they are full of the vitamins and minerals that you need to have healthy brain function like fatty acids, etc.
Ah, the good old vitamin D or otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin. While living in Ireland we didn’t get enough sunshine but it was still very important that we got vitamin D, it was recommended for everyone to take vitamin D as a supplement because it helps to boost the immune system and makes you feel good.
Getting outside in natural light and breathing in the fresh air can help to regulate your body clock which in turn helps you sleep better and boosts your mood.
Although you may feel like you don’t need therapy it is a good idea to go and just get everything off your chest. There are many benefits to going to therapy. Therapists are trained and have so many helpful skills to help you cope. While I was in counselling I found that my counsellor had so many different techniques that she could implement to help me. Some of these techniques are as simple and easy as breathing exercises, grounding exercises, colouring, etc. Learning these little coping skills and exercises can help a lot if you put them into practice and use them when you are struggling. Check therapy out if you are really struggling. It truly can help you
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Avoiding negative things and people
No matter what we do there will always be someone who is so negative that completely changes your mood from good to bad. It is best that you just try to avoid these people. When I was diagnosed with my depression and anxiety I soon learned who the negative people were in my life and I began to distance myself from these people and it made my life a whole lot better.
Working out can drastically improve your mood, it can produce feel-good endorphins that can boost your mood. For so long I have been struggling with my depression and once I began working out I felt a whole lot better during the day. I have also found that if I am in a bad mood working out can help me to push those thoughts and feelings out of my mind.
Before my last Zuu class, I was in a terrible mood and just felt like crying but once I got into the workout and focusing on my body I had completely forgotten all about what was upsetting me before class. Working out can definitely help you with managing your depression.
Have a routine
Having a routine is great for your mental health. It can help take a ton of stress off your shoulders. Even just having a simple routine can help immensely. I don’t like when things are unpredictable it affects my depression and anxiety a lot so I make sure that I have a plan and routine to keep me sane.
Now, this is one I struggled with for such a long time. Growing up I could never ever talk about my life or what was going on inside my home. I became the best actress ever, Everyone I came in contact with would have described me as the happiest, smiling bubbly person they have ever met. So I began accustomed to lying and faking a smile. I never talked, I pretended I was fine when I wasn’t and it caused a lot of problems between my boyfriend and me. I had a ton of changing to do if I wanted to make my relationship with the man I loved with all my heart.
Talking can get everything off your chest and make you feel so much lighter once you have spoken out. Find someone you trust the most in the world and talk to them. It doesn’t have to be a therapist it could be your friend, your sibling, your parents or your partner. Find your person and get talking.
Do something you love and enjoy every day
Every day I work on my blog. I work hard each and every day on my passion and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Blogging is the passion that brings me love and joy each and every day. Find something that you love doing. Something that brings you joy and happiness into your life, whether it is reading, writing, sports, working out, baking or whatever you love doing! It will make you feel happy and boost endorphins.
Taking time out
Life can get too much sometimes, we can all get overwhelmed and feel like we are suffocating. It’s okay to feel that way. We all need to take time out to just sit back and breathe. If you need time out, take it. Don’t push yourself too hard.
I hope that these 10 ways will help you with managing your depression. Make sure you are taking care of yourself.