Feeling good while you live with depression is a constant struggle. And last week I could definitely feel the fight.
While choosing to see beauty every day is a big part of what helps me with my depression, there are several other things I have to consistently do to help me feel good: I have to pay attention to my thoughts, what I eat, exercise, avoiding environmental toxins, and down time/self care.
If one of these is off, so is my mood. Together, they’re powerful. But I have to make a conscious effort throughout the day – every day – to make them all happen. I usually don’t notice that I’ve slipped up until I feel bad, then I look back and try to figure out why. This time, my exercise routine has been way off, as has my practice of journaling that helps me challenge my negative thinking. Plus I had to miss therapy last week. It all took its toll on my depression.
I have to be careful, because I don’t ever want to end up in that dark place I was in a few years ago. I’m beyond grateful for the tools I learned in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – they help me so incredibly much – but I definitely still slip up. And when that happens, I’ve learned to just try to give myself some grace, rest (A LOT), and try again the next day.
If you’re feeling like something is “off” or think you’re having symptoms of a mental health condition but aren’t sure, my partner, Mental Health America, has mental health screenings that can help you find out what’s going on.
As always, reach out to me anytime. xxoo