13 Things to do When Struggling With Anxiety and Depression
1. Take the day off.
There is no one that deserves a break more than you do. You cannot take care of others, if you first do not take the time necessary to take care of you. And there is NOONE who is more deserving of your time than you are. Remember that.
2. Invest in Eckhart Tolle’s, The Power of Now.
This book has become my Bible. I don’t travel without it. And whenever or wherever I flick it open, I find a source of strength that is much bigger than whatever level of anxiety is trying to bear its weight down on me.
You can find it at: https://www.amazon.ca/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808
3. Exercise. Go for a run, or a walk, or a swim, or a bicycle ride.
I always remember that line from Legally Blond, you know, where Elle says, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”
The take away message, endorphins make you happy, man.
4. Yoga with Adriene.
Adriene is awesome, and this yoga experience is so empowering. She’s so gentle and sweet. Truly incorporates the journey, the experience and the philosophies of Yoga. Do it at home. There’s no judgement. I find I laugh at myself in some of these poses cos’ they just feel so damn good but look so silly!
5. Drink Chamomile Tea
I read this somewhere, that the chamomile extract has a soothing effect. I will do just about anything and everything to get out of a funk, so this has also become a part of my diet. By the same token, I recommend avoiding caffeine. Unfortunately, coffee can sometimes throw me into a full-on panic attack.
6. Call a Friend
Call your mother, your sister, your brother, either of your best friends, your dad, your partner. Whoever. Just call someone. It also works to open up to these people so that they know what you’re going through when you’re going through it.
7. Make a New Recipe
One of the best pieces of advice I can give. When you’re trying to make something new, you really are able to clear your head and focus on something else. It’s a super added bonus when your family and friends can enjoy whatever it is you’re making. I am a huge pasta lover, so I am always trying to perfect a creamy, bacon, mushroom, pasta! Nom nom.
8. Read a Book, or motivating poetry, or inspiring meme’s.
I really enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love.
My favorite poem when I’m feeling like total crap is Rumi’s, The Guest House.
9. Write. Journal.
I have books and books of things I have written when I’ve been off the rails with anxiety and depression. Some of the material is so beautiful and inspiring to me now. Whoever said people don’t change, has never experienced the spiritual growth pains that come with battling mental illness.
Like Ernest Hemingway said, “The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”
10. Meditate, if you’re unable to allow your thoughts to just flow, use a guided meditation. Start somewhere. Again, go easy on yourself.
There are quite a few apps that I use and have saved to my Iphone. You can fiddle around with it, listen to a few and find some that work for you.
Have whatever your favorite food is. Treat yourself. If you just cannot stomach the thought of food, which is what does tend to also happen to me, make sure to get plenty of fluids and stay hydrated. Though your focus is probably taking care of your emotional health, remember, mind, body, soul are one inextricably woven entity.
You need to take care of all of it. ❤
12. Take a Hot Bath
A hot bath is like a warm hug.
13. Start your day with an intention to be Kind to Yourself
So, maybe today is not the day you wanted it to be. Maybe you had a big project you needed to finish for work. Or maybe, you were hoping to meet up with your friends for dinner. You are a person. You are human. Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself with the same loving compassion and humility that you would treat your best friend or sister with.
And I promise. You’re going to be okay.