Yep, depression and overwhelm can feel pretty bad.
Honestly, it sucks.
And since our societies remedy for this dark night of the soul is a pill…might I make a different, much healthier and effective suggestion?
First, if you are in a really bad place, please reach out and get help. I can’t urge you enough. How your feeling is completely overwhelming but it is temporary. I promise.
Second, please don’t consider going off your medication without a doctor’s assistance. The tips and tools I suggest are amazing, but mental health is a complex animal. I stayed on my medication until I had been using these tools for over a year.
If you’re just plain overwhelmed, and need to know what you can do right now, in this moment to feel more in control of your situation, here is a great place to start.
I give you 3 simple, easy steps you can take to relax, start to feel better and give you some hope.
Once you’ve done those 3 things, and you’re ready to add the next piece to naturally heal your depression and overwhelm, here are 3 more, simple steps you can take to continue your journey toward health and healing.
Like I said in the last article, even if these steps don’t sound like they’ll help, do them anyway. Depression makes everything feel yucky. You have to trust me on this one, these steps will give you a way out of the proverbial rabbit hole.
So, just to recap, I’m assuming that you are taking a walk at least 3 times a week, for 20-30 minutes. You have enrolled someone you can trust to provide you with support. And you have given yourself permission to take a step back, slow down, and breath.
1. What is one thing you can do this week that you enjoy? Give
yourself permission to indulge just a little. For me it was watching Chicago Fire. Maybe you’d prefer curling up for an hour with a good book and a cup of peppermint tea. This is your time to enjoy. If your mind wanders to your worries, simply redirect your attention back to your activity at hand.
2. What is one thing you can do this week to improve your space? Does your space feel inviting and safe to you? What would help it feel more inviting and safe? I moved my desk by the window so I could feel the sunshine in the morning and bought a plant to hang in the window. It’s often the little things that make the biggest difference.
3. Consider your nutrition. Are you eating? Are you eating what your body requires? Now, I’m not going for perfection here. But you do need to eat, and preferably foods that stabilize your blood sugar, so you feel more alert, energetic and clear minded. There is a lot that can be said for nutrition when it comes to healing depression. For now, just try to make sure you are eating regularly, and that some of what you eat provides quality nutrition for your body and mind. Skip the alcohol and reduce your coffee intake a little.
Okay, take a deep breath and let it out slowly.
It’s time to get this depression handled.
Minute by minute, day by day.
It will get better and then life will be amazing.
You will be amazing!
With so much love,