Hi everyone, Jo from Find Life Success here.
In this video, I am going to talk about dealing with depression and anxiety.
This topic was requested by a fellow viewer, so this video is for that person, but also for everyone and anyone else that may be dealing with depression and anxiety today.
I think a lot of people struggle with depression and anxiety in their lives, but it’s not something that many people talk about openly – although that seems to be changing.
Depression vs Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are two different feelings, but they often go hand-in-hand. Someone dealing with anxiety may become depressed because of the anxiety, or maybe someone is depressed first and because of it also gets anxious.
Depression can be described as a feeling of chronic or constant sadness, tiredness, and zero motivation. Someone who is depressed deals often with feeling sad, feeling tired, and feeling unmotivated to do much. Often times those who are depressed just want to stay in, and may even want to just sleep all day too.
Anxiety is a hard feeling to explain, but is feeling that things aren’t going well in life and will never get better. Someone can be anxious about their school or career, financial position, health, relationships, anything really. It’s a feeling that things are not going well, life doesn’t add up to expectations (your own or social), and most importantly its a feeling that things aren’t going to get better any anytime soon, which only adds to the feeling of even more anxiousness.
I have personally dealt with both depression and anxiety in my life, so I want to give you my tops tips for dealing with depression and anxiety.
Tips for Dealing with Depression and Anxiety
So here are my top tips for dealing with depression and anxiety;
1. Remember You’re Not Alone
Many if not most people deal with depression and anxiety in their lives one time or another, they just never talk about it or show it, so we often feel like there is something wrong with us when we feel depressed or too anxious, but really it’s a normal feeling for humans to feel. We can’t always be happy and calm, sometimes we are sad and nervous. It’s OK. There’s nothing wrong with you. You’re not alone.
2. Get Fresh Air
It’s amazing how a little fresh air can clear the head and mind. As much as you may want to stay inside all day, try to go outside for at least 5 min of fresh air. Take deep breathes, and let the fresh air help clear your head and mind of your negative thoughts. Get as much fresh air as you want, but at least a little bit each day can help keep your mind right.
If you’re up for it, turn your fresh air break into a fresh air walk to help get the body moving while filling it up with fresh oxygen. If it’s cold outside, keep your fresh air break to 5-min, but exercise inside at home or at a gym. Something as simple as stretching or simple exercises like push-ups and sit-ups can help get the blood flowing in your body, which helps the entire body, including the mind.
Too much rest can be an issue with people who are depressed and just want to sleep all day, but you know what, sometimes rest is what our body and mind needs. Make sure you don’t stay in bed all day, make sure your body gets enough sleep and rest too. Sometimes just one night of good sleep or one night where you sleep for a long time can help the body feel re-energized and normal again.
5. Write Your Feelings Down
If you’re still dealing with a lot of negative thoughts and emotions even after resting lots, getting fresh air and being active, a good tool to help sort these feelings out is to write them down. What are you feeling? Why? Why do you think you started feeling this way? What are your thoughts and feelings on how it may get resolved? Write everything that is in your mind down – let it go. This will help sort your different thoughts into readable and understandable text. This helps to better understand what we’re feeling, why we’re feeling it, and what our plans are for dealing with it in the future.
Make sure you interact with other human beings. Even if it’s something as casual as a coffee out with a friend, or a short visit with a family member; anything helps. Even if you’re not doing much other than just sitting together and watching TV, being around other people will help remind you that you are not alone in this world. If you want to share what you’re going through with someone, you can, but you don’t have to either. Just enjoy each other’s company. If you want to combine socializing with exercising, consider joining a rec team / league.
7. Speak To A Professional.
Speaking someone about your emotions and feelings can also help. If you’ve written them down but still can’t make the feelings go away or make much sense of them, reaching out to a friend or a professional like a counselor or psychologist can help you sort your thoughts out, it can also help give you different perspectives on your thoughts and feelings as well.
I hope you found this content helpful, and I hope this content helps you stay resilient through any periods of depression and/or anxiety. Remember that you are not alone, and remember that all things pass (good times and bad times). Just hold on, and any hardship that you’re going through right now should pass one way or another!
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