taking care of yourself mentally and emotionally is very important especially if you are suffering from a mental illness. For example, depression and anxiety. Taking care of yourself may seem like a huge undertaking, so just take it step by step and day by day. In order to take care of others in your life, you first need to take care of yourself first. How can you take care of others if you can’t even take care of yourself?
steps to take care of yourself
exercise. You don’t need to get a gym membership. Take a walk outside, play a sport.
Yoga: you can do yoga at home. there are apps that help you. You can even by DVDs.
meditate and ground yourself.
write down your emotions, fears, and worries in a journal, writing in a journal helps relieve all your anxiety
go outside and get some fresh air. staying at home will only make your anxiety worse because you’re not doing anything and your mind will start telling all of your fears and worries.
Most importantly seek professional help, if you are having suicidal idealizations PLEASE call the suicide hotline 1800-273-8255
on a side note I have activities to help with your anxiety.
living with depression and anxiety everyday can be very overwhelming and debilitating. I know this cause i suffer from depression and generalized anxiety disorder. everyday is a struggle for me to get out of bed and be productive. my depression and anxiety have gotten overwhelmingly worse in the past few weeks to a few months where all i wanted to do was just sleep all day everyday and avoid everyone and everything in my life because i feel so worthless and ashamed of my life that i havent accomplished anything in my life and have nothing to show for it. My anxiety would be freaking me out about my future and my depression would be telling me that I will always be a loser and that i will never have a successful career that i love, i will never get married and have a family of my own that i have always wanted. it always tells me that im a loser because im still living with my mom at the age of 33 and that at that age i should already be living at my own place with a successful career. However here i am still living with my mom and still trying to find myself. Hating myself for trusting someone that i thought was my friend but instead betrayed me and stabbed me in the back, getting in trouble with the law and ending up in jail for two months and a felony on my record. which i am still trying to get expunged. The whole point of this post right here is to inform people that suffering from depression and anxiety can take over your life and that you are not alone. this post is also to let you know how you can manage your depression and anxiety.
WAYS TO MANAGE DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
Yoga can be a very helpful way to calm yourself down from anxiety and depression. You don’t have to pay to go to a yoga studio to do yoga. you can go on youtube and find yoga videos to practice or you can buy yoga dvds and practice yoga at home. I also have a post of yoga poses that can cure/manage anxiety.
seeking professional help is a must to help you with your anxiety and depression. a therapist can tell you how to control your anxiety and depression without medication. A psychiatrist can prescribe you medication if you cant control it on your own. There are a few sites that have low cost ways to get professional help like www.betterhelp.com
Writing in a journal about your feelings can definitely free you because you will be getting out all your worries on paper.
taking up a fun hobby to get your mind off of all the stress and worries that you may have. For example, I have taken up decorating my planner, crocheting and coloring
I also have a resource page with more activities that can help you manage your anxiety and depression.
With valentines day right around the corner. If you are like me and have no one to celebrate the holiday with. You are probably hating the day and want everyone to be miserable. Well I have actually come up with a few ideas for the people that have no one to celebrate it with. Valentines day doesnt just have to be for couples it can be for just you by making a day out of it for yourself. You can pamper yourself by getting youre hair done, youre nails done or even just going a shopping spree to make you happy. Get all dressed up while you are pampering yourself and making a day out of it, to make yourself feel good about this holiday. I have even found out that there are actual valentines day events for single people. find a fun hobby to do. you an even stay at home and stream a movie to watch with a bottle of wine. If you are anything like me you will rent horror movies because i absolutely hate love stories because they are unrealistic in nature and give people unrealistic romantic expectations.
groupon has alot of ideas and events that are discounted that you can do by yourself Groupon.com
I recently have taken up planner decorating as a hobby and i absolutely love it. You can buy stickers, markers, washi tape etc… to decorate your planner.This hobby has gotten me to feel more productive and organzied. You all may be wondering what this has to do with mental health. Well taking up fun hobbies gets your mind off all of the stress and worrying that you have in your head and makes you more relaxed. planning especially makes your life more organized which takes away all that chaos that you may have in your life. So taking up hobbies and taking care of yourself is essential in taking care of your mental health. Michaels has a lot of things that you can take up as hobbies. 40% OFF Any One Regular Price Item $2.95 Flat Rate Shipping or Free Shipping on Orders $49+
Post partum depression is a topic that not many people understand unless they’ve had it. Post partum to me is where you feel like you’re drowning and can’t get ahead.. You’re basically failing your child in your mind. You could be the best mom ever but in your head you’re the biggest failure of a mom ever. People who don’t understand post partum think it’s funny to make fun of or that it’s a made up illness. It’s not made up at all, it’s a very serious thing that needs to be treated immediately. PPD (post partum depression) can basically eat you alive until you can’t separate fact from fiction. It’s extremely important to tell someone you trust if you think you have PPD. PPD makes you think that you can’t do anything right. My personal struggles with PPD have caused me to not be the best mom I can be to my son. To some people it can be hiding in the bathroom crying while your child cry’s In another room. To some people it could be taking a second to calm down and breathe while your child stares at you. It’s different things for different people but that doesn’t mean it is any less real of a problem.
For those of you who don’t know what Anorexia Nervosa is, it is when someone actively tries to lose more weight or maintains a current weight under what is considered healthy for their age and height. I’m Haley and I struggled with Anorexia for roughly five years. Anorexia is dangerous because you can have it and have absolutely no idea that you suffer from it. Many people will refer to anorexia as “Ana” online. Anorexia can make you loose your period in women, it can slow down your growth physically, and most importantly it can make you lose yourself. Many times when someone has an eating disorder they will not recognize who they see in the mirror, all they will see is the weight or what they are most self-conscious about. Personally when I struggled I focused on my weight and toning my body the most. Anorexia still affects my mental health to this day and I have been in recovery for 2 full years now. When you suffer from anorexia you can have sever anxiety, depression, and even bipolar disorder. Generally when someone suffers from an eating disorder they choose baggy over tight fitting clothes, they will be more inclined to hide food rather than eat, and they will choose to avoid eating in front of people at all costs. The main reason I am so open about my struggles with anorexia nervosa is because I want to end the stigma associated with it. Anorexia isn’t taboo, it is a real struggle that every day people face and have lost their life too. Life after an eating disorder is very possible even though it may not seem it at the time. When talking to someone who you think has an eating disorder don’t push them, let them talk to you about what bothers them. Don’t call them out for counting calories or not wanting dressing on their salad. The best way to recovery is through a friend who listens and is willing to walk you through the process step by step. I would love to hear from any of you who need someone to talk too about eating disorders or want to hear my personal recovery story.
Mental Health is something I am extremely passionate about. Over the past -10 years Ive suffered from depression, anxiety, panic attacks ,and an eating disorder. Ive been seen by multiple doctors on the subject of mental Health. What iv learned is medicne is not the enemy, whatever you suffer from is. I also learned that it is okay to take time for yourself every now and then. You can expect to get better if you dont take time to do the things that you love and enjoy. Mental health issues arent as glamorous as they are seen on television. Mental health issues is when you’re sitting in a make shift psych ward that doubles as a drunk tank waiting to be sent to a mental hospital. Mental health issues is crying until you run out of tears. Mental health issues NEED to be talked about. We personally need to end the stigma that is associated with mental health.