Are you currently undergoing anxiety or depression? Do you feel utterly overwhelmed from it? Well, I’m not going to sit here and say I have fully mastered & conquered my own anxiety + depression. I mean, I’m 23 years old and this is only the beginning of my journey. I have discovered new routines to help me along the way though. Aside from transitioning into a simpler lifestyle there are few other ways to live better as well. I’m not saying to settle where you are now & not overcome your mental issues, instead this is going to inspire you to cope with these issues in a healthy manner in hopes that you fully recover.
*Disclosure: I am not a medical professional, these are ways that have helped me personally. If you suffer from a severe case of anxiety/depression please see a professional health care provider for further evaluation.
For as long as I remember in my teen years, I’ve always been prone to frequent anxiety & occasional depression. The reasons for it varied, I just knew it wasn’t normal to fall into that state so easily. When I turned 20 I decided to make the decision to stop drinking like I used to. I had become an expert at hiding my pain through the facade I built. Burying my demons in temporary happiness wasn’t the smartest decision, but it appeared to be the easiest (at that point). Being in your 20’s you experience some of your lowest + highest moments in life. Your 20’s is a period of growth & discovery, therefore anxiety and depression is more common. You are NOT alone in this.
My Coping Methods
This past year I decided to acknowledge my mental state & actually attempt to be more conscious about it. I have tried various coping methods, and soon I even plan to seek professional guidance as well. But it wasn’t until a month ago that I feel I’ve made a significant improvement!
Simplifying my lifestyle (you can read more about that journey here) has helped me tremendously, eliminating the extra clutter around me mentally & physically have decreased the daily anxiety. Removing myself from those people/things that brought constant negativity was challenging, however, I managed to do that as well through the art of detachment.
Becoming more mindful of my emotional well being & taking control of it is a huge change I’ve made within. This begins with your thoughts. I know some of us deal with chronic anxiety/depression which requires further help beyond our measure. However, for those with cases not as severe you must learn to discipline your thoughts. Having an optimistic attitude is very feasible. Apply a new perspective, do good for others, surround yourself w. uplifting humans. This will highly benefit your emotional state long term. You are in charge of YOUR life, allow yourself to have a healthy balance between positive & not so happy emotions. Remember FEELING is healthy.
It’s also been about 6 weeks since I adopted a physical activity routine & I haven’t felt depressed AT ALL since. I’m not suggesting to start working out at 5:30 AM daily like I do, but I can assure you IF you decided to you can & you will see a drastic improvement within yourself. I truly believe any kind of physical activity should have an impact in your overall well being anyway!
Along with the physical activity, making healthier choices have made me feel less anxious too. I eat consciously (for the most part) now, I make sure to nourish my body with what it needs. I consume tea every morning & night, this alone has made a difference in my daily life. Eat more greens, smoothies, & fruits/veggies. Our internal energy points (or chakras) have the ability to charge through these foods, you want to be able to balance these as much as possible.
Clearing out my space is very essential when it comes to keeping my anxiety at a minimum. It’s proven that a clean and clear space can be a solution. My mood is a lot calmer & my mind is more at ease too. I always make sure to keep my home de-cluttered for this very reason!
& Lastly, doing more of what I love. I feel as if I’m always preaching this through social media, but it’s ultimately what our well being comes down to. This doesn’t necessarily have to be “job” or “career” speaking. Doing more of what you love can be anything your soul desires! Invest in your happiness, you have every right to do what it is you enjoy! I tend to focus more on my current goals rather than future ones. Sure I make longer term goals for the near future, I simply don’t prioritize them anymore. My priorities are my weekly goals. The goals that will make a difference now.
This is how I’ve cope with my anxiety & depression! We’re all unique and the way we manage these two factors can be distinct. Only you know what triggers these issues, therefore, what I can highly suggest is to try to follow these ideas & avoid negativity in your personal space. Let me know if you have different ways to deal with anxiety or depression. I’d love to hear more about your story! Thanks for reading, xx.