While we can’t magically make depression go away (if only we could!), there are healthy habits we can adopt that might help ease the pain a little and reduce the severity of our symptoms. Depression can be rough. When we’re in the thick of it, life can feel incredibly difficult. Even the simplest tasks can feel overwhelming, and the things we used to enjoy become meaningless.
1. LOOK AFTER OURSELVES
Taking steps to look after our bodies can help our mental well-being. Granted, it can feel incredibly difficult when we’re unwell, but paying attention to things like our diet, exercise and sleep can have a positive affect on our mental health – even though we might not feel the benefits straight away.
2. OUR RELATIONSHIPS
Depression can be horribly isolating. When we’re struggling, seeing other people can feel like the last thing we want to do. However, making connections with others – feeling heard, seen and understood – is central to our well-being. Our relationships (if healthy) can provide us with much-needed support, comfort and solace.
3. A POSITIVE MIND
Yes, the term ‘positive mindset’ can feel grating when we’re battling the blackness of depression. We don’t CHOOSE to feel low, and getting better isn’t simply a case of pulling our chin up and plastering on a smile.
4. SELF CARE
Self cre really can be life changing. Taking time to do the things we enjoy, that nourish, comfort and inspire us, that get us in that wonderful state of ‘flow’ can make profound changes to our well-being.
Although we are all unique, one thing that unites is the fact we don’t deserve to feel the way we do. Depression is cruel and unfair. If there things we can do that alleviate our symptoms – even for a moment – then we must allow ourselves to do them, no matter how loudly depression may protest. We deserve better.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Take the first step to self care and a positive mind, schedule an appointment with a fully trained and experienced therapist.