This past year I have been super open about my continuous struggles with depression and anxiety.
I wrote tens of posts about it and urged you to seek help if you are in the same boat as I am. I know it can be managed and we can avoid suffering our whole lives.
But today I don’t want to talk about therapy and pills, which should be your priority the second you recognize the signs of depression. Seriously, they are non-negotiable and you must listen to your doctor who knows how to help you.
Having faith that you have pills and therapy covered, I want to share with you 5 easy tips that help me daily to have some sort of power over my feelings. Even being able to make myself feel 5% better is a win in my book.
I mentioned them in the past and you’ve heard of them from others but it won’t hurt you to hear them again. Sometimes we need to see a certain message a couple of times before we look into it.
So here are a few tips that will help you be less depressed:
- Meditate for at least 10 minutes every day. This has been the most effective habit I have introduced into my life. Learn more about how to start doing it by reading this post here.
- Unfollow the majority of accounts you are currently following on social media. Who you see every day on Instagram affects what you believe in, so only surround yourself with people who inspire you. Look for quality over quantity.
- Do things that make you feel like you are needed. Since there is no meaning and purpose to life and we have no answers to the big questions, there really isn’t something that you were born to do. But bad things do exist and you can do your best to help those affected. It will make you feel needed, helpful and of service.
- Read books and experience other lives. That’s the beauty of books, isn’t it? You get to live so many lives without having to be born again. When depression really hits hard and you just want to sleep, get a chick-lit and read about a romance that is cliche as fuck. It will make you roll your eyes but you will also laugh at how absurd everything is. And laughing is the best medicine they say.
- Move your body for at least 5 minutes a day. Working out makes you happier, it’s scientifically proven. Above that, it makes you feel productive and healthier. Do you know how good you feel about yourself when you eat an apple? That’s how you feel after a nice workout too! I talk about how to move your body if you are busy here, but it also works if you just want to get started.
We all want to feel good, but usually, we fear changes. Hearing about the new habits that could supposedly help us makes us slightly anxious. After all, feeling like shit means you probably lack motivation and just want to sleep.
I’m not saying that recovery will be easy or enjoyable. It’s tough and heartbreaking and painful at times. I experienced months when I thought I healed and then fell back into the depth of darkness without any warning.
Depression is an illness that is hard to heal, but it can be managed to the point of being able to have faith in a healthy future. Yes, it will take time but in order to accept this fact, you need to first believe that recovery from a mental illness is possible.
I believe incorporating good habits and taking responsibility for our health is the key to making progress. Not some magical healing where you pray for it, but healing through work and good habits and with the help of professionals.