I’ve struggled with depression my entire life, but these three things make a HUGE difference if I go even one day without them. And please, if you’re feeling down–talk to someone. A professional does wonders and can point you in the right direction. These tips can help–but you might have something going on that requires medication (and getting that medication would make you feel GREAT! So think about it.) Now, to the list.
1. DRINK MORE WATER.
Don’t scoff at your screen. I can’t stress this one enough. Your entire body needs it and if I don’t drink enough, I stay in bed all day. Water helps dissipate that dark cloud and it truly does ease your mind. I mean it. Just try it. What have you got to lose?
Now, if you’re like me–I hate exercising. Hate hate hate it.–Get to a planet fitness (no judgement zone, I love it) and jump on one of their fancy machines. Not the treadmill–that one hurts your joints if you’ve got bad ones like me!–Branch out! Try the elliptical! It’s easy on the joints and it’s a fun little bouncy machine. Take a friend. Get going.
3. TALK ABOUT IT.
Yes. Preferably with a professional. They can help you get to the root of what’s bothering you and you can work on solving it! Hooray! And they can even point you to the right medication if you need it–do your research. I am the queen of bottling everything up, but when I let myself branch out for help, a weight lifts off my chest. I discover something about myself and I can try to work on it.
There are many many many mental health conditions, and these aren’t a fix all–I’ve just noticed a drastic change if I do all three of these daily. But please, seek a professional. They are unbiased and can see the situation from every side–plus they’re trained!–so they’ll have the best advice. I still struggle daily to follow this list–so if you do too, it’s okay! Don’t give up!
Success is a bumpy uphill battle. And you can do this!