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I thought it would be cool to share different things I do to help manage my depression and anxiety. People who are going through similar struggles probably know about most of the things I’m going to say but I thought I would share what works for me.
Of course taking medication and going to therapy help with my depression and anxiety. If you feel you need these things don’t be too embarrassed to ask for help. If you do not have access to these right now I will share some things that help me along with therapy and medication.
Doing yoga helps me to relax and get away from my anxiety for a little bit. It is refreshing and relaxing. Although, lately, M.J. climbs all over me when I’m doing yoga so maybe it’s not relaxing anymore. Deep breathing also helps a lot with anxiety. When I first heard this I thought it sounded ridiculous but I realized it works really well. I also like to go for walks outside; especially when the weather is nice, the sun, warmth, and walk help quite a bit with my depression. When it is rainy or cold I have a light therapy lamp that I just started using. It seems to work really well.
I also like to watch funny shows. Either with Dan or by myself; laughing really seems to help with my depression. Dan recently convinced me to watch The Office with him and it makes me laugh hysterically. We watched an episode the other day where they have CPR training and it made me laugh so hard. I asked Dan if we could rewind it back to that part and watch it again. I have also watched that scene over and over again on Youtube. If there are any funny shows that you like to watch I would recommend watching them when you’re feeling down.
“No, Rose, they are not breathing. And they have no arms or legs… Where are they? You know what? If we come across somebody with no arms or legs, do we bother resuscitating them? I mean what quality of life do we have there?”- The Office, Michael Scott, Season 5, “Stress Relief”
This may come as a shock to you but writing also helps with my depression. I will write out my feelings or my struggles or just a prayer to God: sometimes it will be lamenting. I also have a blessings journal; I try to write three things I am thankful for every day. Remembering to be thankful helps a lot with my depression and anxiety.
I will also read my Bible. Reading Psalms is encouraging to me. Some of my favorites are 23, 27, and 139. I have also started reading Song of Songs when I am struggling with low self-esteem. It helps me remember that I am beautiful and God loves me so much. Another thing that helps with my depression is doing something nice for someone else. Because I am a helper by nature I really like to take care of other people. I would encourage you to send an encouraging text or e-mail to a friend. Or give them a call if you are feeling up to it. If you like baking you could leave cookies or muffins on a friend’s doorstep. Doing something nice for others is always encouraging to me.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalms 27:1 NIV
I hope this was helpful to anyone struggling with depression or anxiety. If people want to share things that have worked for them in the comments that would be great.
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Song of Songs 4:7 NIV