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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Handling any kind of mental illness can be exhausting and overwhelming. These are the tricks I use when I need some relief and I’m feeling completely overwhelmed. I do these all day long to help me manage stress and not let me depression and anxiety use all of my energy. These are easy things you can do to recharge and help you manage your mental health.
Use your senses to anchor yourself in the present moment. A lot of anxiety and depression develop because we are dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. You can use sound, smell, taste, and touch to anchor yourself in the present moment. Spend a few moments noticing the smells that are all around you. What sounds do you hear right now? We spend so much time on autopilot that we often tune out our senses. Calling attention to them can bring you back to the present moment and provide relief when you’re feeling bad.
We take tons of stuff for granted all the time. Taking a few minutes to feel thankful for everything you have can help boost your mood immediately. Spend time thinking about everyone in your life that you love. Try to feel gratitude and thanks throughout your entire body and visualize that you are able to radiate love from your body out to your loved ones. Make a gratitude list and write out everything you have in life that you are thankful for. Remembering all the blessings we have can help us develop a positive mindset and feel better in the present moment.
The benefits of meditation are huge and I highly recommend it if you’re struggling with mental health. You can find all my favorite guided meditations here. If you have a lot on your mind try meditating to relax and quite your thoughts. It’s a great way to give yourself a break during an emotional or stressful time. If you’ve never done it before try doing just two minutes at a time. I used to be really bad at meditating and found it really overwhelming to try and clear my mind. Setting a timer for a short amount of time really helped me. I do two-minute meditations all throughout the day and then a guided meditation before I go to sleep.
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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