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Tips to Combat Depression

Good morning beautiful people! 🌞
I don’t know if you knew, but yesterday was mental health awareness day. I’m so glad as a nation we’re being more and more aware of mental health. It seems like yesterday mental health wasn’t being discussed, and it left many people including me not seeking help until recently.

I suffer from depression. I realized I always will for the rest of my life. There are ways I can combat my depression, but unfortunately, I learned it will never be 100% gone.

I have to be honest with you. It sucks. Especially as a health and fitness coach, because I have days where I just want to lay in bed and not want to workout and do anything because of my depression. I would make careless choices and be an emotional eater whenever my depression hits.

Luckily, I learned ways to combat my depression and not let it affect me as much.
Here are 5 ways I combat my depression:
1.) Think about what you’re thankful for
I know! I write this in about every post, but that is because it is so important. Thankfulness is the key to happiness. Once you start to realize everything you’re thankful for, your attitude changes and you’ll start to attract good things with those positive vibrations.
2.) Do one thing at a time
Life doesn’t have to be a sprint. Although it may seem like you have a million things on your plate, that doesn’t mean you have to do them all at once. Take your time. Breathe. And live in the moment. The opposite of depression is resilience. To develop resilience you have to start doing one thing at a time.
3.) Indulge, but in moderation
Give yourself permission to indulge in that chocolate cake, video game, or sleep that you’ve been avoiding. It’s okay. You’re human. And it won’t be the end of the world. You’ll actually feel better because you indulged in it. For me, whenever I get into a depressed mood, I binge watch tv shows. I love watching inspirational movies like Shawshank Redemption, Creed, and Goal! The Dream Begins. Those kind of movies almost always get me back moving the next day. Just make sure the next day you get right back into your healthy routine.
4.) Take some time to yourself
I realized my depression almost always hits me when I’m doing too many things at once and going out too much and not taking time out to just meditate and be with myself. I know before I decide to help others, I need to help myself first. And meditation really helps with my depression. In those 10-30 minute sessions I make sure to shut off my cell phone and just sit in peace. It is really refreshing afterwards.
5.) Find Your Dopamine Fix
I feel so much better after I clean. Whether it would be my room or my car. It feels so great to see something getting accomplished and that action is a great dopamine fix for me. Everybody’s different, so my dopamine fix may not be the same as yours. You have to find something that you can do mindlessly and with enjoyment. For you it could be drawing, walking, sewing, planting… find that one thing you can do that will get you out of bed and doing something great. Remember, the opposite of depression is resilience and to develop resilience is taking that first initial step is to do something other than staying in bed all day. TAKE ACTION! ✔️
I hope these tips helped you. It sucks having depression, but it is good to know I am not alone and that there’s support and there are ways to combat depression. I do not take medicine for it. Having a positive mindset, goals, and support around me is what helps me. For you, your solution may be different. Always do what is best for you. There’s not one size fits all solution.
Which tip resonated with you the most?
Comment down below.
Til next time,
Kalia

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