Recovery from depression is a complex process but you don’t need to go it alone. By surrounding yourself with friends and loved ones, you can continue to feel genuine connections, and each one of those connections is a light that can pierce through the darkness.
Is moving fun? Nope. But if you give yourself plenty of time, stay organized, ask for help and accept the fact that things happen, your move will go much more smoothly. If you have a big move coming up, here are some tips to help you reduce the stress:
Teachers tend to be the kind of people who always put their students’ – and other people’s – needs first. But now is the time to put your needs first, so you have the energy and mental clarity to give to your students throughout the rest of the year.
The emotions you experience during an episode of depression are created by negative thoughts and perceptions. If you eliminate distorted, negative thoughts, you will find it easier to cope with the negative event that triggered your depression.
Self-compassion is a conscious act of kindness we show ourselves.
Why is this important? Because self-compassion helps us recognize our unconditional worth and value. It allows us to recognize though we may sometimes make bad decisions, we’re not bad people.
If you don’t like going to the gym, then find another activity. Hike, bike, swim, or dance. It really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you get your body moving for around an hour a few times per week and you do so consistently.
In order for all of us to be entirely healthy, it’s important to incorporate exercise into our everyday life.
Are you an emotional eater? When you’re feeling stressed, do you find yourself ordering pizza? When something sad happens, do you drown your grief in sugar? A majority of people deal with the challenges of life by turning to their favorite comfort foods which can lead to a vicious cycle of more emotions, more eating, more emotions, more eating.
We live in a 24/7/365 world. Many of us work more than one job, have families to raise, and burn the candle at both ends most days. When we have a moment to ourselves, we typically park our butts in front of some kind of digital screen and zone out with social media. But is this really self-care? Hardly!
Exercise helps beat depression naturally. It only takes moderate exercise three times a week to reap the antidepressant benefits. Exercise doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Whatever form you like, commit to doing that at least three times a week.
Let your loved one know that you’re there to listen. Hold back judgment or unwanted advice, and simply be an ear. It will help them to know that they can speak to you openly, and that it’s okay to be repetitive with fears or thoughts. Let them know that they can call or text you any time to talk.