I have struggled with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember. If you have ever dealt with any mental health issues, you know it can be a dark place to be. It can be crippling, terrifying, and hopeless. I want to share how I have learned to deal with it and how I have learned to break the cycle. These things have helped me so many times over the years and I find myself repeating them all the time, so I though I would share!
1. Compliment someone else. There is nothing better in this world than to make someone else happy. The more you do it, the better you will feel.
2. Think about the hardest time in your life. Think about whatever it was and then think about how you overcame it. My bet is that you are stronger, braver, and smarter than you were before. Own it.
3. Be generous. Go help someone else by giving something. Donate clothes you don’t need, give food , or donate to a charity that you love. Being generous doesn’t have to mean a monetary donation, time and love are priceless. You can volunteer, bake something, or go talk to someone that needs someone.
4. Write down what you are thankful for. There is nothing that will make you feel good like putting your blessings on paper.
5. Make your bed. It is crazy what a simple task like this can do for your self -esteem. Try to do at least one task on your to-do list a day, even if it is as small as making your bed or finishing the dishes. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and sleep much better because of it.
6. Tell someone you love them. This one speaks for itself, it’s why we are all here.
7. Remember that you aren’t alone. Millions and millions of people struggle with depression in the U.S. every single day. It is common, but not talked about enough. You are not weird or forgotten. Reach out to people and organizations that will help you!
8. Get off your phone. Stop scrolling through social media and talk to someone face-to-face. Go visit that family member or friend you’ve been promising to visit for six months. There is nothing better for the soul than having a cup of coffee with a friendly face.
I hope these simple ideas can help you get through a rough time or a bad day when you need it. My heart goes out to you if you are struggling and always remember that light will always overcome darkness. You just have to keep fighting.