Depression and anxiety are defined as mental illnesses, and it’s a sliding scale for where most people fall in terms of severity and longevity. That being said, almost everyone will experience some degree of depression or anxiety in their lifetime. How do you cope? This article is here to give you hope in bettering your depressive episodes and banishing feelings of anxiety.
Side note: One of the best methods for learning how to deal with depression and anxiety is to seek diagnosis, possible medication, and therapy. However, the following methods are geared more towards things you can do at home to cope with these mental health issues.
Avoid Triggers and Toxicity—Be it People, Places, Situations, etc.
If you’ve dealt with anxiety and depression for a while, you know your triggers. You know what things are the most toxic in your life. It’s always a noun—a person, place, or thing that upsets you to the point of feeling down, blue, and bad about yourself. So, here’s the easier said than done part…avoid your triggers. It’s okay to steer clear of the people, places, and things that upset you.
Strive to Better Your Physical Health in Ways that Affect Your Mental Health
Good nutrition and exercise are surefire ways to begin improving both your mental and physical health. How so? When you exercise and eat moderate protein, moderate heart-healthy fat, low-carb meals, your body becomes healthier overall.
You lose weight and inches, become stronger, and generally feel better because you’re more energetic. This energy releases adrenaline and endorphins, making you feel better mentally too. It’s a win-win.
Tip: You can fix what you perceive to be other imperfections too. Sinus membrane perforation repair, for instance, helps you achieve deeper, better breathing and overall sinus health.
Don’t Be Afraid to Do Things that You Love without Feeling Guilty or Bad for Thinking of Yourself
People that suffer from depression and anxiety often think they shouldn’t do things they love to do. It’s comparable to being punished but you’re the one doing the punishing to yourself. Stop now. You deserve to feel content, happy, and passionate, so get back into doing the things you like doing—i.e. painting, reading, dancing, etc.