How to Maintain Depression and Anxiety at Bay

For those who have faced depression and anxiety, you know that it’s a full-time job. No matter how well you are doing in your treatment it can strike at any second, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and defeated. For those who haven’t faced these mental illnesses: consider yourself lucky.

Like I said, it takes a lot of work to gain control of your mind and body when it’s not really cooperating, no matter how bad you want it to. These are just a few of the things I do to maintain the symptoms at bay.

Take your medication

Just like you would take aspirin to cure your headache taking your medication is essential to recovery. There’s no shame in taking chill pills!

Get continuous help

Now, I’m not just talking about therapy. Yes, it works but I found it to be too repetitive. I like to maintain my mental health by listening to podcasts and reading self-help books. It’s amazing how the more you practice something the more it becomes second nature.

Get adequate amount of sleep

Sleep is essential for proper body function. Melatonin release goes haywire during depression making it hard to sleep sometimes while other days you can’t even get up to brush your teeth. I take melatonin every night, it’s not habit-forming and it works wonders.

Find something that relaxes you

Exercise, craft, color, take up a hobby! The possibilities are endless. This year I took up embroidery and it’s especially great when I feel my anxiety take over. It keeps my body from shaking and totally in my control.

Find something that excites you

Depression can suck the life out of you. Find the things that give you joy like dancing, singing or blogging! Medication and good thoughts can only get you so far, find activities that boost your mood.

Talk it out
Lastly, talk about it! The more you talk about it, the more you understand it and the less you fear it.

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