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Mindful Living To Manage Depression and Anxiety

 

 
You deserve to heal, It took me years to really believe this message.
 
I spent years self-sabotaging myself and putting myself into unhealthy situations that felt terrible and get my locked in misery for months at a time.
I procrastinated my own healing believing I would start tackling my mental health once I finished school or when I had more money.
 
The truth was I didn’t believe the person I was in the present moment deserved to heal. In my mind, she wasn’t worthy of living her best life and the heaviness I felt every day was what I deserved for all the shitty choices I had made.
 
This is flawed thinking and I hear it all the time from the women I connect with online. They never take any steps forward because they feel like they deserve to suffer.
 
You weren’t meant for pain.
 
You don’t have to do anything to deserve to heal, the time for you to drop your struggle and move the fuck on is right now.
 
There is light waiting for you if you can forgive yourself enough to allow yourself to start stepping into it. I know this is easier said than done and I know how hard it can be.
 
I just want you to know that you are good enough right now.
 
You deserve to heal right now.
 
Life can start getting better right now.
 
You don’t have to make yourself wait.
 
You don’t have to allow yourself to continue to suffer.
 

Positive Thinking

If you’re interested in hearing more about how I try to stay focused on the positive check out my podcast episode here.

I know that someone telling you to be “more positive” can be really annoying if you’re managing depression and anxiety.

The reason I’m so passionate about talking about it because it has made such a huge difference in my own life.

Being able to focus on feeling gratitude for all of the things I do have instead of letting myself only focus on how hard and shitty things are has really changed my whole life.

Before I committed to having a positive outlook my depression and anxiety would spiral out of control over the smallest things.

A single bad day could set me back months and I would just go down a rabbit hole of negative thoughts until I was an anxious and depressed mess.

Now I’m working on mindful living and choosing new beliefs for my life. Some of them include:

Everything is always working out for my highest good

Life just keeps getting better and better

Everything is happening in perfect divine timing

I deserve love and happiness

Choosing these new empowering and positive thoughts has helped me bury my old stories.

I used to tell myself things like “I’m fucked up and will never heal”, “life will always be terrible and painful” and “no one really cares about me”. I’m sure you can imagine how difficult those thoughts made managing my mental health.

Mind Food

If you’re struggling with mental health my #1 tip is to put positivity in your ears.

Find a podcast that inspires you, follow badass ladies on Instagram (follow me here) and listen to inspiring audiobooks.

I consume hours of personal development content daily. Listening to audio makes it possible for me to listen to positive messages while I am doing the dishes, working on my website, driving my car or walking my dog.

Try playing a Tony Robbins talk while you clean your house or find a really juicy podcast to listen to while you drive.

Consuming positive content will help you be more mindful and give you new strategies for managing your depression and anxiety.

The internet has made all of the best personal development teacher more accessible than ever.

All of the best teachers are only a click away and available to you 24 hours a day.

Stay In The Moment

Another mindfulness trick I use is to stay in the current moment.

This has been a difficult skill for me to learn as I am someone who used to be constantly worried and fearful of the future.

I started to become aware of my thoughts and whenever I would start to drift out of the present moment into the future I would gently guide my thoughts back.

The trick with this is to be patient with yourself and not get frustrated if you find it difficult at first.

Like any new skill staying in the moment can take some time to learn if you’re not used to being intentional with your thoughts.

I think this is a great skill that is worth developing and staying in the present moment has helped my anxiety immensely.

Anchor Yourself

Anchoring yourself is a great trick if you are having a hard time staying in the present moment.

If you find it difficult to bring your thoughts back to the present focus on one of your sensations to bring your focus back to the moment.

Pick a smell, touch, taste or sound to focus all of your energy on.

This will give your mind something to focus on and help keep it from wandering off and worrying about the past and the future.

Focusing on your senses can help you learn to anchor your mind in the present moment.

Meditate

Meditation has really been helping me control my anxiety lately.

I’ve been dedicating about ten minutes a day to guided meditation (you can find my favorites here) and I’ve noticed a big difference.

I like to think of meditation like going to the gym for your mind.

It’s a great way to strengthen your mindfulness muscle and help it become stronger.

I struggle with meditation so I have started with guided meditations which I find a lot easier than just trying to focus on my breathing.

If you haven’t meditated before I suggest trying guided meditation out and see how it goes for you.

Exercise

When I’m exercising I’m able to let go of all the worry I have about the past and the future.

It helps me stay in the present moment by giving me something physically intense to focus on.

I also notice that it is much easier for me to be more positive throughout the day when I get a good workout in.

I have more mental energy and I’m able to consume more mind food and be more diligent about my thoughts when I workout.

If you’re struggling with depression or anxiety I can’t recommend exercise enough.

I know how hard it is to get started and it used to make me really upset when people would suggest I exercise to help manage my depression.

I felt like they didn’t understand how much I was suffering and how hard everything was in my life.

However, now that I’ve been able to start a regular exercise routine I can say that it really does work.

Even though it can be really difficult to start it can still be an effective treatment for depression and anxiety.

If you’re looking for a structured exercise program to join I offer free online check-ins and support when you signup for my transformation tribe.

I try to start a few women start their healthy lifestyle journey every month.

Want some more ideas? Check out the list below for 64 things you can do to improve your mental health.

  • Listen to a book
  • Plan your dream vacation
  • Make a vision board
  • Make a 5-year plan
  • Find a therapist
  • Create a fitness plan
  • Commit to a healthy diet
  • Commit a random act of kindness
  • Go swimming
  • Listen to Tony Robbins
  • Start a blog
  • Wear your favorite outfit
  • Take a bath
  • Write in your journal
  • Find new affirmations
  • Ride a bike
  • Go to an amusement park
  • Get a library card
  • Pet a dog
  • Make a playlist
  • Go for a run
  • Kayak
  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Take a nap
  • Call a friend
  • Write a letter
  • Join a Facebook Support Group
  • Paint your nails
  • Draw something
  • Learn something new
  • Find a meetup
  • Make music
  • Write a poem
  • Start writing a book
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Make a healthy snack
  • Make plans with a friend
  • Adopt an animal
  • Drink water
  • Write thank you cards
  • Do yoga
  • Meditate
  • Make a budget
  • Write your intentions for the rest of the year
  • Journal about your dream life
  • Go dancing
  • Get some green juice
  • Hang out with someone that has a positive outlook
  • Go for a drive
  • Declutter your house
  • Meal prep for the week
  • Clean out your purse
  • Go on a date
  • Light candles
  • Cook a fancy meal
  • Plan a road trip
  • Do a facemask
  • Go get yourself flowers
  • Do an intense workout
  • Sit in the sun
  • Take all the non-essentials off your to-do list
  • Put together a box of stuff to donate
  • Make a scrapbook
  • Do something that scares you

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MUST TRY MINDFULLNESS HACKS FOR DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

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I am not a licensed therapist or mental health professional. 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. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.

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Comments

  1. Lauren ElizabethLo says

    Girl! You are on point with this post. I struggle with depression and anxiety as well. It’s hard. I love the “radical” transformation. That’s awesome. You’re blog is so rad and your posts are inspiring! I would love to read more!

    • Radical Transformation Project says

      Hey girl, thanks so much for reading and taking the time to leave me such a nice comment. It really inspires me to keep writing and sharing when I get such kind feedback. I hope you’re having a good week and I’m sending you lots of healing energy for the rest of your mental health journey <3

  2. Lindy Shaddy says

    Hey Faith! I’ve really been enjoying reading about your experiences and ideas on overcoming anxiety and depression. Thank you for sharing your struggles and being such a positive advocate for something that effects so many of us. My hope is to truly fight through my own anxiety and be able to help empower others.

  3. Ben Barrett says

    Great Post! All too often we allow ourselves to get dragged through crud because we can’t seem to see any positive. As you stated, you really have to force yourself- even if it’s just briefly, to change. It really doesn’t take long for those positives to snowball and improve your overall well being and optimism. Love the blog!

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