Anxiety and depression look different for everyone. Some people may be able to put a smile on their faces while continuing to live their everyday lives while others end up in bed all day with the blinds shut.
After hitting rock bottom last year, I promised myself I wouldn’t let it happen again. That’s when I started to learn how to manage anxiety and depression instead of allowing them to take control of my life.
I want to share these tips with you and I hope practicing them will help you gain control of your mental health!
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Manage Anxiety and Depression:
Write in a Journal
Journaling helps you release everything that’s on your mind in a safe space. You can buy a personal journal or download an app on your phone.
I also love writing down affirmations and things I’m grateful for. Doing this helps me realize that my problems are temporary and is a reminder that I have many blessings surrounding me.
I highly recommend checking out this Gratitude Journal. Dedicating a few minutes every morning and night to writing in this journal can help you reduce stress, focus on the positive, and make your wellness a priority.
I’ve always been the type of person to push my problems to the back burner and not talk about them. Journaling has been a game-changer and has provided me with a space to vent instead of allowing my emotions to build up over time.
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Find a Therapist
Realizing that you need help is OK. Many people have a difficult time admitting something is wrong, so you should be proud that you’re taking the steps needed to improve your mental health.
It can feel awkward talking to a stranger about your life, but this has been a blessing for me. Sometimes it’s nice to talk to someone who doesn’t know anything about you. It’ll take time and patience to find the perfect therapist for you, don’t give up on your search!
There is someone out there for everyone, however, you must be willing to put in the work to research and make an appointment to go.
Set Healthy Boundaries
Have you ever been around a person or in a situation that suddenly makes you feel some type of way?
Some events and experiences that you’ve gone through may cause your anxiety symptoms to worsen. That’s why it’s important to identify what your triggers are and set boundaries.
One boundary you can set is to only be around people who are encouraging and give off positive vibes. Sometimes you have to love people from a distance and keep your mental health a priority.
Limit How Often You Worry
Another way to manage your anxiety and depression is to limit the amount of time you worry. The majority of the time, our negative thoughts never happen. We can start overthinking situations that will cause our mental health to become worse.
My therapist taught me this tip: Set a timer and take 15 minutes each day to worry about any and everything. Once those 15 minutes are up, push it to the side and move forward.
At first, I didn’t understand how this could be helpful, but let me explain it further.
Some days I constantly think about something bad happening from the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep. By the end of the day, not only do I feel miserable, but I feel mentally exhausted too. This is why setting a limit on how often you worry is best.
If you aren’t able to change the situation that you’re worried about, then it needs to be put on the back burner.
Challenge Negative Thoughts
The last way to manage anxiety and depression is to challenge your negative thoughts.
At some point, we all struggle with negative thoughts — we tend to be overly critical and talk down on ourselves. When a negative thought pops up in your mind, it’s good to ask yourself whether or not it makes sense.
Challenging your negative thoughts isn’t something that’ll happen overnight, you have to work daily towards that goal. Once you start becoming mindful of
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Learning the best ways to manage your anxiety and depression will take patience and consistency. Don’t expect everything to go away overnight.
I hope this post helped you realize you’re not alone and we’re in this fight together!