SOCIAL MEDIA

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dealing With Depression And Anxiety


Hi, everyone! I hope you're all doing well this week. I've been super distracted with family staying over, and the sky has been so overcast lately that I haven't been able to take a good photo to save my life. So this week's post is a bit late and a bit different than my usual. I wanted to touch on the subject of something serious that many people, as well as I, deal with on a daily basis. It's way too often seen as taboo or dramatic on the part of the person suffering from it.

I personally have dealt with both anxiety and depression since my early teens. It wasn't something that I told anyone about in the beginning; I began having anxiety attacks almost every night from the stress of my home life, and the depression soon followed. Of course stress affects everyone, but I found myself unable to deal with stressful situations and worrying about minuscule things to the point where I would have an anxiety attack again, or fall into a type of sadness that I could not get out of. Certain things like financial issues and deaths trigger them as well.

These are a few of the things that have helped me, and hopefully they can aid you in some way as well. But just as a disclaimer, these are coping methods that have helped me personally. They may not work for everyone. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you should always seek the help of a professional.

1. Talk to someone - This is probably the number one most important thing to do when suffering from depression or anxiety or any other mental illness, whether it's a friend/family member or a professional. There are coping methods, but not everyone is capable of helping themselves and may need the help of a doctor.

2. Meditation/mindful breathing - I'm going to be brutally honest, when I first heard about these techniques, I thought they were a load of crap. But meditation and mindful breathing have helped me tremendously with introducing positive thoughts into my mind. There's an amazing little book called How To Relax by Thich Nhat Hanh that focuses on the practice of mindful breathing, which is basically focusing solely on each breath and nothing else when you feel stressed.

3. Cut down on caffeine - It was definitely hard for me to cut out coffee, but caffeine can actually make your anxiety worse. I switched to green tea, which has significantly less caffeine than coffee, and cut out all soft drinks.

4. Take vitamins - It is believed by some that taking daily supplements can aid with mild depression. I take them not only for this reason, but for my health and skin as well.

5. Know that the way you are feeling will not last forever - It sounds cliche, I know, but most of the things that cause our anxiety are temporary situations, which you should never make permanent decisions based on. Know that you are worthy of getting better, and know that you are worthy of living.

Leave a comment below if you have dealt with depression or anxiety and what has helped you, or just your stories in general. I would love to hear them.