Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The Debrief: Feeling anxious or depressed? Here are a few tips from mental health experts on how to turn things around.
Everyone struggles form time to time, whether you're someone that has full blown anxiety or depression or whether you're someone that just has low moments from time to time (hello Monday mornings), mental health and keeping it in check is just as important as working on your physical health.
If you're struggling a bit at the minute then we'd always suggest going to talk to your doctor who can offer advice about medication and therapy (neither of which are scary! Promise!).
Over on Reddit today, psychologists are also offering advice on how they've learned to stay mentally healthy. Here, we share some of the best ones because hey, you never know, you might find something that strikes a chord.
1. This person, who knows the important of self love
'Be kinder to yourself. Set the same expectations for yourself as you do for other people. Too often we judge ourselves harsher than the rest of the world, and it ends up making us anxious and/or depressed because we never feel accomplished.
Pat yourself on the back. If you do something, anything, that is hard for you, give yourself credit for having done it. Doesn't matter if all you did was get out bed. If it was hard, be proud.
Validate yourself. Remind yourself why you are supposed to feel the way you do. Even if your problems don't seem as big as someone else's, they matter to you and you're supposed to feel things. But once you acknowledge you feel something, take care of that feeling. Don't try to shoo the feeling away. It needs to be cared for.
Find someone you can talk to. If there are people who seem genuinely concerned about you as a person, start sharing small details about your feelings and see if they show they are good listeners. If you don't have people you think show concern, ask yourself whether you think you know where to find them. If you don't know where to find them, or don't feel ready to take that step, find a therapist to be this person until you can find more people in your life to fit the bill.'
2. This person, who encourages you to mother yourself
'The best advice I ever got from a psychologist was to take care of myself like I would take care of a child. Don't deprive myself of sleep, make sure I'm eating enough (and of the right things), don't let myself be surrounded by dangerous or negative people, and give myself encouragement every day.'
3. This person, who recommends hobbies
'Invest in yourself. Make time for yourself. Don't allow yourself to get caught up in being mother, sister, daughter, wife, friend, employee, father, brother, son, husband... and forget to just be you sometimes.
Take up a hobby for no other reason than you enjoy it. Take a class that interests you, just for fun. Volunteer. Read a book. Just spend a little time doing something for the joy of it. I promise, you will recharged and ready to handle all of those other roles gracefully when you make yourself a priority.
You have to put your mask on before you can help those around you.'
Read entire Feeling Low? Psychologists Share Tips On How To Be Mentally Healthy where it was originally published from here.