Taking care of yourself, of your mental health, is one of the important thing you can do to help you overcome depression. It is also important to nurture yourself.
This means making time to do the things that you once enjoyed, setting your own limits on what you feel you’re capable of doing, asking for help where you need it, and adopting habits that are good for you.
Whilst it may seem an effort to force yourself to have fun, being able to pick up a previous hobby or indulge in a little exercise, should go some way to helping you get back on your feet. Expressing ourselves through things like music, writing, or art can also take the edge off depression.
Strategies need to be in place, create a wellness toolbox; something you can do to draw inspiration from, write a journal, marking down what you like about yourself. Perhaps go back to reading if that is something you once enjoyed, or perhaps listen to music. Pets are also a good stress reliever.
Pets have been statistically proven to reduce stress. A healthy lifestyle is essential for anyone wanting or trying to get through depression. Sleep is a great healer and although depression can involve sleep problems, aiming for between 6-8 hours a night, should help us cope better during the day.
Spending a little time outdoors can also help with depression, as sunlight helps trigger chemicals in the brain. Even 15 minutes a day should be enough to make us feel better. Relaxation is another way to help relieve symptoms of depression, as well as reducing stress. Relaxation can bring a sense of well-being. Yoga, meditation or deep breathing techniques, or anything that challenges the way you behave.
It is important to look at and identify your stressors, to try and figure out what exactly you’re stressing over. For example non-supportive relationships, taking on too much, or health problems. Once you know what those are, you can make a plan to minimise their impact, or make a plan to avoid them altogether.
Many people who are depressed can be perfectionists, but it’s not possible to function normally and continual with such high standards. It is important to try reduce the high standards we set for ourselves. If we try to lower our standards, we can work on being happy with our new standards.
Also, say no to added responsibility and plan ahead, working through any triggers and limits. That way you can identify and avoid the many problems associated with depression triggers.