Depression is like this enormous cloud and the rain is all the endless symptoms you experience from it. Each rain drop highlights a physical or mental experience for you. Some push you to desire solely to stay in bed – curled up in your sheets. All day if possible. Other symptoms feel like a chip is consistently on your shoulder. Anything and everything bugs you. You are likely to blow up at anyone that stands you your way – why “at times you feel unsure”. Some symptoms simply leave you “feeling bad, down, sad, or like crying”. Why? There really doesn’t have to be an answer.
How do I manage my depression “so that I can have a healthy life”?
- Take time off. If you feel overwhelmed with work, family, yourself or life in general – STOP. Give yourself self-care. Treat yourself to a mini vacation. These can be as simple as going to your room and cuddling in bed. Allow the time off to be a “reset button” that can help you feel in control and refreshed.
- Build a strong support system. During difficult times in yourself – it truly helps to have close friends or family to lean on. If you can find a sounding board – great. Utilize these individuals to help you express and verbalize your emotions in a healthy manner.
- Write down “Positive I statements”. These statements can be utilizing during the times in which you experience self-doubt, insecurities, low self-esteem, low self-confidence or lethargy. The statements can include:
“I control my energy. I can make it through the whole day feeling happy and in control”.
“I am not weak. I am not a burden. I am strong. I have so many people that love and care about me”.
“I have friends, family and co-workers who truly enjoy my company”.
- Learn to remember your past accomplishments through daily or weekly reflection. Life gets busy and you are likely going to get caught up in today’s feelings related to depression. These feelings are powerful and are going to try “so hard” to take control over your health. Invest your time in reflecting over your life and how you have made small and large accomplishment. These past accomplishments can help boost your spirit and moral to overcome today’s obstacles.
- Journal. Write down or even record your thoughts. Releasing your thoughts on paper or audio can help take away that weight that you are feeling. Less weight means that you can more control over life and symptoms.
- Social media is a fun and creative way to help manage depression. I personally love to use Pinterest. Through Pinterest you can create boards that have everything you personally pick. Add quotes, videos, blogs, readings, or personal uplifting stories to your Pinterest board. During times you need support – go to your board and experience positive support.
One important recommendation to remember. Depression may require therapy and medication. I truly encourage you to invest your time and energy in yourself by working to understand your depressive symptoms and practicing the above recommendations aimed to manage your depressive symptoms.
Last year in 2015 I created an eBook called 5 Days to a healthier better you. I want to give it to you as a FREE gift to help with depression and living a healthier lifestyle. santoscounseling
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