Depression is hard and painful. Although it’s something I’m still struggling with myself, why not share some ways to help make depression less depressing!
- Wash up. Depression makes simple things like showering feel like too much effort and not worth it. Do it anyway.
- Get out of your pajamas/lazy-wear.
- Wake up at a reasonable time. And if you can’t, don’t bully yourself about it.
- Stretch. Or if you’re not as lazy as me, exercise!
- Get some fresh air in your home.
- Spend some time outside in nature, even if it’s just standing on the porch and admiring the trees. Go for a walk or bike ride if you can.
- Eat some healthy food and spend time preparing it. Putting together a meal (even a small one) is calming and almost as enjoyable as eating it.
- Avoid vegetating in front of the TV or aimlessly wandering the internet. Read some books instead.
- When you do spend time before the TV/computer, limit your time and watch things that make you laugh.
- Clean up around your home. Pick up any dirty laundry/garbage that’s accumulated, wash the dishes, and sweep up.
- Spend some quiet time to yourself.
- Listen to music that makes your heart sing and makes you dance.
- Be kind to everyone you meet, and do something nice for others. Making others smile will lift your spirits. Happiness is contagious.
- Create something. Draw, paint, sew, photograph.
- Read/listen to inspiring stories of others overcoming obstacles and finding happiness.
- Find someone to talk to, be it a friend or therapist.
Depression is hard, but there is always hope. Let’s do our best to take care of ourselves and make dealing with depression less depressing.
Much Peace and Keep Roamin’
Sometimes when we get angry or frustrated, we fixate on what’s bothering us. We run that negative commentary in our heads about how annoyed we are, how angry people make us, how frustrating something is.
And we stay fixated on it.
Our problems and annoyances seem to grow, and our anger grows with them.
Sometimes, even when we ‘move on’, minutes or days later something else bothers us, and we seem to pick up right where we left off.
When we fixate on the negative, it feels like we plant a seed on our shoulders. Anger sprouts and just keeps growing, getting heavier and heavier and weighing us down to the point where we feel like we’ll snap.
It can be a struggle to not give in to anger and negativity. But there are some things we can do to help shake the negativity and stay positive.
- Close our eyes and take deep breaths. Try meditating if you have the time.
- Count our blessings. We have a lot to be thankful for. Focus on the positive instead of the negative.
- Observe our negative thoughts/feelings and let them pass. Don’t judge them or their cause. Let it go.
- Picture something calming. What relaxes you? A cup of hot tea? A towering mountain?
- Envision our hopes for the future.
- Eat a healthy snack. Not only can a snack give us extra energy, but it could give us a little time to ourselves.
- Solitude. Time alone is best when quiet, at least for me. Take a break from the screaming kids and spend some peaceful, quiet time alone.
- Get some fresh air. Fresh air is always good for the mind and body.
- Gaze up at the sky. Whether we see clouds, stars, or the big blue, the sky is a good reminder that the world is too vast and beautiful to get held down by anger.
- Let go of judgement. Let’s put ourselves in others’ shoes and have compassion.
- Do something nice for someone. Kindness begets kindness, and joy begets joy.
Let’s remember stay positive, and act in kindness instead of anger.
Anger can grow on us, but only if we let it.
Much Peace and Keep Roamin’