Wellness might be a buzz word thrown around but the importance of keeping your body in homeostasis is a critical part of your overall wellbeing. Being well includes taking care of your physical and mental spaces. Here are seven ways in which you can combat depression and improve wellbeing during tough times.
If you have serious depression and need help please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
1. Slow Down
Sometimes the easiest thing to forget, even during a time that’s already forcing us to slow down, is in fact, to slow down. Not all things need to be done right now. Take a breather, relax, and make sure you are taking time for yourself.
2. Take Care of Yourself
For both men and women: drink those 8 (or more) cups of water, do a face mask, take a bath, clean up your nails, and clean your space. Hygiene is important to taking care of yourself. A clean environment, physical space to the body, has a huge impact on the health of your mental thoughts.
3. Breathing Exercises
Whenever you are feeling anxious, or your temper is about to rise, practice breathing. By doing this you're steadying your heart rate and clearing your headspace by focusing on the basics of human functions. Qurnt has breathing exercise resources which you can find here (#6).
4. Be Outside
Fresh air is vital to feeling refreshed. During this time it may be very hard to get outside and be at a safe distance. If you are able to practice social distancing, try going on a run, or walking the beach (if your local beaches and parks are open), or perhaps, open up a window and stick your head out while taking a deep breath.
5. Write a Gratitude List
Writing down three things each night of what you are grateful for during the day does two things for you: It forces you to think of happy thoughts and it makes you appreciate and be grateful for the littlest thing that brought you joy. Making yourself write three examples down allows you to find the good in the day, both big or small.
6. Practice Mirror Meditation & Positive Self-Talk
If you're doubting your self-worth, start practicing positive self-talk.
It may seem silly but look yourself in the mirror, make eye contact with yourself, and repeat a positive mantra. For example, say, "I am unique, I am smart, I am happy, I am grateful, I am successful" and so on. Repeat the mantra for as long as you feel you need to. It's hard when you first start, but afterward, you feel so much better about yourself.
7. Share Responsibility
Don't try to put everything on your shoulders. Spread out the responsibility of getting things done. If there is more than one person in your household, speak openly, and honestly about needing help. Like doing the dishes, help with getting the kids to bed, or simply making your morning coffee.
If you have a job, ask for help at work. Asking for help won’t make you seem incompetent, rather, the opposite. Asking for help shows that you are open to sharing responsibility and open to learning new ways of problem-solving.
If you’re alone, give yourself patience. Take each day, day by day. Write to-do lists but don’t get upset with yourself for not finishing something for a specific day. Share the responsibility with your future self and allow yourself the grace of time.
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