Depression and anxiety are one of the worst symptoms one can face in their life-time. It is also one of the most common mental health issues in the United States. Whether you are a teen or a senior citizen, it feels horrible, like the world is turning against you. For those of you that have been through depression and anxiety, or are currently going through anxiety and depression, this post would be very beneficial to you guys. Remember though, the reason why I am writing this post is because I actually suffering from severe depression around 3-4 years ago and I wouldn’t wish it on no one. I feel like this is going to be a good post to write about how to deal with anxiety and depression. Then again I am NOT writing this post for me, but for YOU people that are reading this. With that being said lets go…
1. Talk from your heart
Now I am not saying to go out there and start singing haha. I mean you should definitely tell others ( trusted people ) such as your parents, sibling, cousins and/or even best friends how you feel. Trust me when I say this, although your depression won’t go away in a blink of an eye, you WILL feel much better after telling them. The reason for this is because you are letting go of the pain inside of you, the negative emotions that are taking over you, or better yet, you are expressing yourself. I learned this the hard way, so please I don’t want you going through the same thing I went through. Ever realized when someone gets mad and they hold it of a certain period of time and then the just go on rage mode.
2. Talk to yourself positively
This is much easier said than done, I have done it a little bit and it helped. But my negative emotions took over, and on top of that I didn’t tell anyone I was going through. So yes saying positive stuff to yourself is helpful, but you have to mean it, and say it with confidence! But this needs to be in par with at least some support.
3. Get counseling/professional help
This is one of the most effective ways to help overcome depression. You don’t only have friends and family helping you out, but you have someone that actually has professional experience in the field of this magnitude. Not only would he/she be asking you questions, but he/she is going to be giving you (proven) ways to fight depression.
4. Spend time with understanding people
I see so many people time and time again hanging out with the wrong times of people and complain that they are not being supported, and yet they still called them their friend. Im sorry to say this, but those types of people are not your friends. Real friends are caring and very understanding and they would do everything they would do to support you. If you are currently in depression and you are with people who don’t understand and don’t care… its only going to make it worse. However if you spend time and express your self with REAL friends, your depression would lessen. Also don’t forget about your family, they are (supposed to be) your biggest helpers. I know this sounds obvious and cliche, but it seems like nowadays people don’t just seem to get it.
5. Talk to someone who has been in the same boat as you
Listen a person that can really help you ( besides a professional of course ), is a person that has actually been in the same position that you are in. He/she can help you very effectively because that person knows the struggles and the ins and outs of overcoming depression. He or she can also give you some good advice on what do do and when to do it. Listen, would you take advice from someone on making $1 million dollars a year when that person hasn’t done it him/herself? I sure hope not
So here is some practical but affective advice on how to overcome, or at least lessen your depression. I want to share this advice to you because I know how being in a state of depression feels like, and I want to help improve you guys as much as I can. I am not a professional so, don’t count on these advices a lone, they are merely just to help you out….seriously.
6. Spend time in nature
Although this alone didn’t helped me how to deal with anxiety and depression completely, it certainly helped in the long run. I could say this from experience that once you step out that front door and head out to a local park, you would feel much better during that time and beyond is because you are putting your self out side. Not only that but you would have a strong sense of freedom. You would hear the birds chirping, the insects making quiet noises, and most importantly you have the combination of a sense of freedom, bliss and happiness. If possible, try to go near a body of water for a more pleasurable experience.
Believe it or not exercise was one of the main reasons why over came those mental health issues. It is also proven that exercising decreases your state of depression AND anxiety, while increasing you state of happiness and well being. There are many reasons on why they correlate. But the main reason for this phenomenon is that exercise benefits the brain by increasing dopamine levels. The hormone dopamine ( AKA the happiness hormone ) is released by the brain As a result, the more you exercise ( to a certain point of course ) the more dopamine the brain produces, which in turns makes you feel better.
So these are one of the best ways on how to deal with anxiety and depression. Sure there are many more ways to do this. But these are definitely very effective. These will help you short term as well as long term if you use them correctly. However you would need to figure out how to implement these things into your life. Sitting here and reading this post alone would not cut it, you would need take ACTION. You would need to create a plan and execute it, as hard as it may sound, trust me it would work out. You would need to leverage on the amount of techniques you are going to use, because using one technique may work or may not work, depending on the severity of your situation. Either way start small by applying one technique, and then work your way up. This is not a race against time, so go at your own pace. Remember you can use other techniques outside ( and ) including this list. If there is one thing I would tell you, and it is of most importance…is that you shouldn’t expect these techniques to work like miracles. It is going to take time, especially if you got major depression. I just don’t want you to set unrealistic expectations. Thats all for today folks! I hope this has helped you as much as it has helped me. Please leave comments down below and I would be happy to help:)