Anxiety and depression can be absolutely draining. I have been dealing with both for several years now and there are a few things I have done to help myself. Believe me I’ve been there, haven’t moved in days, stains on my shirt, watching Bojack Horseman on repeat. I know how that feels. I think it’s nice to know I’m not the only one that has been balled up on the couch with the dishes piling up, waiting to burst into tears, while over eating or haven’t eaten in 15 hours.
So, here are a few tips that I have thought of that can help make you and the depression or anxiety feel lighter.
1. Make a list.
Yes, this seems unoriginal but it can help to eliminate some things that are junking up your mind and giving you more anxiety. Create a list with simple tasks. Make the bed, take a shower, have a cup of tea, lay out your outfit for the next day. Keep it simple. Just do light things for yourself or your space that just make you feel better. Sometimes to clean I just say okay, I’m going to put away 10 or 15 things than I can stop. Just a tip. Might help.
2. Take a hot bath or shower. Depression can make you feel unworthy and anxiety can make you feel bogged down with tension. So the hot water with a face mask and some essential oils or epsom salts can help you feel relaxed and good about yourself. You might even have the urge to shave or put some lotion on afterwards with a comfy outfit.
3. Have a glass of water, take a vitamin, and do 2 or 3 minutes or stretching. Nothing at all vigorous or crazy. Just grab a water (you’ll need this anyway to take a vitamin unless your one of those people that can take horse pills like it’s nothing) take a vitamin, and just do a little stretching. Touch your toes, stretch your arms out, roll your neck around. It’ll feel good and you’ll feel a healthier and much more accomplished.
4. Treat yourself! You don’t need to go spending hundreds unless you want to but even just buying a candle or a new pair of shoes. Just get a few things for you to wear or something for your apartment or house. Grab a glass of wine and get yourself a gift. For no reason, no occasion. Unless you count being a badass for dealing with depression or anxiety or any type of mental illness everyday.
5. Take a day. Make time for you. Make yourself a priority. And remember to not feel guilty for it. Work, school, life, it’s stressful and sometimes we need to clear our schedule and get our minds clear and find a reason to smile again. Take time to breath and recede back for a while. Take a break from social media, commitments, tasks. Just a day or two to relax and sort of access the situation and love yourself.
It’s not easy to live in a world where your own mind can be your worst enemy. We all need to find time and remedies to help ourselves. Sometimes mental illness isn’t something people can visually see. You know when someone has a cold or the flu. Mental illness is a lot harder to spot. It’s up to you to create time for yourself and make sure your okay before doing everything for everyone else. ❤️