5 Ways Depression Affects You and How To Overcome Them

5 Ways Depression Affects You and How To Overcome Them

Hey guys! I’m back to give you some quick and easy solutions that will kick depression’s butt. We’ve all be there, tired, running on empty and waiting for the end and as miserable as we are, we aren’t willing to get up and do the harder things that help us because it just takes too much energy. It’s exhausting being exhausted and it’s frustrating to feel this way without any reprieve.

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Depression isolates you, makes you think the world is against you, takes away your energy and motivation, steals the joy out of life and slowly breaks you down. No one deserves that, no matter what they did.

Just a quick note before diving into today’s content! If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please know that you are not alone. The world seems dark and daunting, but don’t let that stop you from reaching out. Get some help because you don’t deserve to feel this way, no matter what your brain is telling you.

Get The F*** Out

I mean this in the best way, I really do. But get the f*** out …of your home! Go for a walk in the frigid air and breathe.

So many times I have been in the pit of despair, feeling like absolute garbage. I just lay in bed all day, doing nothing because I don’t have the energy to do anything and it’s not like I can tell past me to do something that would change today, change how I feel. Instead, I just sit in front of the TV, binge-watching the latest stupid show.

Usually, around hour five or six of this binge-watching, my boyfriend comes home from work and pushes me out the door. He makes me walk down our two flights of stairs and walk to the neighborhood park. I’m grumpy for about the first ten minutes. Then I get less sucky and start actually enjoying the fact that even though I can see my breath, at least I’m not looking at the same four walls I’ve been staring at for the entire day.

Depression has a nasty way of keeping you tied down and isolating yourself, so if you’ve noticed you haven’t left the house in a few hours, get up. Get the f*** out.

Ever Heard of a Bath?

Seriously, ever heard of a bath to help relax your body and unwind your thoughts? Yes, I’m being salty and enjoying it. Don’t come @ me. If you’re frustrated, that a perfect excuse to take a bath.

There is nothing quite like sitting down in water that is way too hot, with the lights off, Epsom salt and good smelly things in, and just relaxing.

I actually take a bath every night before I go to bed. Yes, my water bill has jumped a good $15 since I started this habit, but the benefits of the wind-down and positive me time is worth it. I don’t have $50 to get a pedicure or massage. A bath is what I am left with because it is home, can be tailored to whatever I need, and it relatively cheap.

So give it a shot, even if it sounds utterly stupid and like a waste of time. You’ll be surprised when you come out feeling refreshed, calm, and more than likely, ready for bed.

Get You’re A** Up

It’s five am. Time to get you’re a** up. Okay, maybe not that early. But get up every day sometime between 5 am, and 8 am. I know, I know. It’s your day off, you’re tired. You’re depressed. The last thing you want to do is get up early to face life’s disappointments. Trust me and do it anyway.

Getting up at five am on a regular basis forces you to start going to bed earlier- if you like sleep. This blunt rewire of your brain shifts you from a night owl to a morning person. When you get up earlier, you tend to have more resolve and self-empowerment. You don’t have any time constraints weighing you down. You are free just to be.

Now, what you do when you get up is up to you, but I recommend starting with exercising. Even if it is just a fifteen-minute walk, something that gets your heart pumping helps start the day out right. If you don’t want to exercise, why not make yourself a good breakfast, like pancakes, omelets, or French toast. Don’t you know how to cook those? If not, now you have time, before work or life, to mess around and figure it out!

Write a Letter to Your Mother

You don’t have to send this letter, nor does it ever need even to see the light of day after it’s written. But write a letter to your mother or mother-like figure. You know, the person in your life you can come to with anything, and they will love you no matter what.

I’ve noticed when I’m feeling my worst, talking to my mom helps. But sometimes I don’t feel comfortable sharing everything with her. Or she isn’t available to talk. So instead, I write a letter specifically to her.

This differs from journaling because there is an intent. It doesn’t go all over the place. Which means you are more likely to get whatever is on your chest, off your chest. Goodbye elephant-sized insecurity! Test it, see if this works for you as it does for me.

Eat an Apple

You know how when you are insufferably angry and pissed off because you are hungry? Okay, we are working off the same kind of concept. What you eat and when you eat affect your gut bacteria. These gut bacteria have a direct effect on your hormones, which are most likely causing your consistent low mood, i.e., depression.

A way to combat this is to eat better. Now, if you are like me, the thought of endless days of spinach and cucumbers is quite literally sickening and not at all sustainable. I need my junk food. So instead of forcing myself into a restrictive diet that I will not be able to follow and then feel crappy about not being able to follow, I find fruits and veggies that I actually like and incorporate them into my meal.

This does not make me healthy by any means. What it does is gives me a little more nutrients and sometimes is a kick in the right direction to get me out of my rut. Should I eat healthier more of the time? Without a frickin doubt. Am I going to? Nope. So this is my compromise to myself.

If you are in a rut that you just can’t shake, start incorporating fresh fruits and veggies. Eat an apple once in a while, it won’t kill you (I think…).

You Deserve Better

In the end, you deserve happiness. You deserve to feel better about yourself. Small changes like eating an apple, pretending to write a letter to your mom, taking a bath, going for a walk or even getting up at 5 am will help you more often than not, and their effects are almost immediate. Give them a shot.

For now, stay safe, stay happy, and stay healthy!

Lex

About The Author…

Lex Laine is a super quirky and introverted nanny who loves to kick back and relax with her kitten and boyfriend as she enjoys an episode or two of Supernatural. While her day job is being a fantastic nanny to the best kiddo in Raleigh, her real passion is reintroducing people to the world in unique ways through her writing. Lex joined the team to introduce herself to the blogging community, gain more blogging experience, hone her web design skills, and break out of her shell!

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