Hello, my name is Faith and I've been managing depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember but I am not a mental health professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price.
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I still struggle to manage my depression all the time. If I go through a stressful period or get too busy to do my normal exercise and self-care routine I can start to get really down. These are some of the depression hacks I use to get back on track and to start feeling better when I’m having a hard time. I hope these depression hacks help you too.
I am sure you had all kinds of bad ass plans for yourself that did not include being depressed and laying around. I know how disappointing and crappy it can feel to realize you’re not going to get the things done that you wanted to do. It can be even worse if other people were depending on you and you feel like you’re not able to be the person you want to be for them. It sucks, I get it. However, this is not your fault. We all have ups and downs in life. There are times when we’re going to be killing it and taking care of everything in our life like a boss and there are other times when things are more difficult and our functioning is lower. Everyone goes through these ups and downs. If you’re dealing with depression or struggling with your mental health on top of it these times can become even more dramatic. You’re not alone, one in three people struggle with mental illness. Forgiving yourself and accepting where you are at will help you heal quickly and get back to the bad ass lady you want to be. Beating yourself up for not getting everything done just makes the journey you are on more difficult and can make your symptoms even worse. Do yourself a big fat favor and forgive yourself fully and completely.
I know how bleak and stupid everything can seem when you’re depressed. Try to find something that inspires you that you can watch, read or listen to. I love listening to podcasts and audiobooks when I’m feeling down and stuck in a funk. I use Scribd which is like Netflix for books (click here for a free 30-day trial). Some of my favorite books on Scribd include Big Magic, You Are a Bad Ass, You Are a Bad Ass at Making Money, Braving The Wilderness, The Big Leap, Spirit Junkie and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. I obviously love self-help books but there is also a huge selection of fiction and other non-fiction books too. Find something that makes you feel good and gives you a little boost. I love to listen to audiobooks when I’m depressed because I don’t really have the attention span to read the book myself.
I know how annoying it is to have someone tell you to exercise when you’re depressed but it really does help. Some studies have even shown that exercising is just as effective as medication for managing depression. I know that doesn’t make it less annoying to hear but I’m just trying to help you out. Start small and go for a walk around the block and make yourself a nice playlist to listen to. If you’re able to get in a full workout that’s awesome but if not just doing getting up and moving a little bit is still awesome and can help too. Exercise is one of my favorite depression hacks and I have a whole program that incorporates fitness and nutrition you can check out if you’re looking for a group to join.
Write Shit Down
Whenever I’m feeling really crappy I can’t remember anything. The only way I can stay even a little bit focused is to write shit down. Making a schedule and a to-do list really helps me when I’m feeling super heavy and unmotivated. If you don’t feel like you can stick to a schedule right now just write a to-do list with two or three things you want to do for the day. When you’re depressed it’s easy to discount the things you do get done. At the end of the day write out everything you DID accomplish for the day (brushing your teeth, talking to a friend, whatever). Focusing on what you DID do instead of what you DIDN’T do will help you start to train your brain to focus on the positive instead of the negative. You can grab my free checklist for depressed days below.
Ask For Help
Asking for help can be a real struggle when you’re struggling with mental health. When my depression is bad I often feel like I’m a burden or that I don’t want to bother anyone else. The truth is that the people that care about you would want to help you when you are going through a difficult time. Be clear what kind of support you need and let them know what they can do to support you. If you just need someone to talk to or to go for a walk with let them know that. Just being honest about your feelings and letting someone know that you’re struggling can be helpful. I have a whole podcast episode about asking for help you can check out on iTunes or Podbean.
These are the things that help me feel better when I’m down and I hope these depression hacks help you too. If you’re looking for other mental health resources you can check out my other posts here. I know how hard managing depression is and if you’re having a hard time I want you to know you’re not alone. Come join my mental health support group on Facebook and connect with other women who are on a mental health journey.
I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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