We are going through a very challenging period and more and more people start experiencing the signs of depression. The first step is to be aware of it, recognize it, and accept it. Accepting your depression doesn’t mean you want it to stay – it means you are willing to start taking small actions to make you feel better. We know that everyone has different ways to deal with depression, and that’s why we’ve included three different options so you can choose the one that you feel comfortable with.
One of the best ways to make you feel better and get rid of a burden that you may be carrying is journaling. The best thing about it is that there isn’t only one way to do it – you can experiment and see what works for you. Some people like writing Morning pages. The idea is that you do a brain dump and write down anything that may be going on in your mind, whether it’s positive or negative. Another thing you can do is practice gratitude. Practicing gratitude is a powerful exercise that helps you shift from thinking about things that you don’t have to focusing on things that are already there. Even if you feel like there isn’t much to be grateful for right now, you can start with small things, like being grateful for a nice cup of coffee or being able to watch your favourite TV show from home.
Many people that struggle with depression are putting off their therapy because of the pandemics. The good news is that pandemics don’t have to stop you from taking care of your mental health, and it shouldn’t stop you from doing that. We live in 2021 and it’s possible to have online therapy, that is as effective as in-person therapy. There are even more benefits. First, your choice isn’t limited only to therapists from your town, you have much more options to choose from. Second, many people feel more comfortable talking with the therapist from the comfort of their own homes. Not only because it’s more flexible and you don’t waste time in traffic, but also because familiar surroundings can help you relax.
Mental health is connected to our physical health and wellbeing. It’s like two sides of the same coin – if one is not in a good condition, it can affect the other, and vice versa. We don’t say that physical exercise is a cure for depression, but it can certainly help you feel better. Practicing an outdoor sport or simply a walk in nature makes your body start releasing serotonin, which is also known as the hormone of happiness. It’s important to choose an exercise that you like – if you don’t feel like running, then the last thing you should do is to force yourself to go jogging. Instead, opt for a simple walk, yoga, pilates, or anything you feel like doing. It’s important to do the exercise outdoors (if possible), because the sun and nature have many benefits for our wellbeing.