I suffer from bouts of anxiety and depression from time to time and personally find the darker winter weather makes these bouts more common. I work with mental health charity ReachOut and know that it’s very common for Irish people to suffer from anxiety and depression so I’m going to dedicate this next blog post to things that help get me back on track.
1. There’s an app for everything!
When you’re feeling out of the game sometimes all you need is a helping hand and I’m here to tell you there’s an app for that! I have an app called Pacifica that helps me manage my stress (there’s many more available if this one doesn’t work for you). I also have an app that helps me choose what I’m going to wear because when I’m feeling depressed the last thing I care about is my outfit but I know if I look good I feel better so Apparel Paris is my go to app. Makes me feel like Cher from Clueless. If you need to remember that you’ve got a great life and how your feeling is only temporary download Timehop. It will remind you of all of the good times and how far you’ve come.
Dodgey photo of me to cheer you up👆
2. There’s no shame in self indulgence
Treating yourself is essential when you’re feeling blue. A lot of the time we make ourselves stressed by taking on too much and trying to help everyone but ourselves. When you feel good even the toughest times are easier so never feel bad for getting yourself a manicure or eating a tub of icecream, after all we need all the extra ice cream fat to keep us warm in these cold winter months. Trust me I’m a scientist.
3. Sense therapy
I don’t know if that’s a term or if I just made it up but whenever I feel down I turn to my senses. Whether it’s a Netflix binge, listening to music , lighting scented candles or having my hair braided, I find my senses help bring me to my happy place.
4. Taking control where I have power
Feeling powerless is a horrible sensation but one way of getting rid of it is to take control over the things in your power. “I hate my room. I’m gonna change it because I can.” “I’m tired of clutter I’m going to donate to the charity shop because I can”. “I’m sick of sitting around I’m going to volunteer my time because I can” . It seems silly but once you feel you have power over the little things in your life you’ll feel more in control of the bigger stuff.
5. Be with people
A big problem we have is thinking we’re being social because we’re online but there’s a big difference between sitting in a room with someone and sitting alone at your computer. I love my alone time but no man or woman is an island and we all need to spend time physically being in the company of others to keep our mental health, well, healthy 🙂