As someone who has suffered with depression for the past three years, I know how difficult the struggle is. I don’t think there is any pain quite like fighting your brain, especially when you are at your lowest. It feels like you are floating above your body, waiting patiently for the ground to swallow you up. But this isn’t the time to live from your bed and pushing through the pain is the only way to save yourself and bring mental resilience, especially in post-covid days.
And from what I’ve learnt over the years, faking it till you are making it honestly has been a life saver. If you pretend your whole world isn’t collapsing around you, you slowly begin to change your mindset. Obviously, therapy helps if you are feeling low, but there are some little tips and tricks that can boost your therapy and fight the low.
- Go all in on Recovery
I think this one was a game changer for me – go all in on your recovery, this essentially means that you go in with the mindset that you’ve hit rock bottom and now you have to move and head in the right direction. I was kind of in a limbo where I needed help and needed to get myself out of that negative place, but at the same time I wasn’t all in one hundred percent. So I changed my mindset to say – I am recovering, it isn’t scary, I’m doing this for me, and wow – you really start making the progress that you need when you change the way you are thinking.
2. Find that person to talk to
You shouldn’t be doing this alone and having that support network is going to change your recovery for the better. Someone will come along, even if they aren’t your family that you’ll feel comfortable and confident within being with that person. It’s great with a support network of people for when you feel bad or need to rant – you’ll be surprised how many people are there when you begin to open up.
3. Cut down on alcohol
Now I’m not saying that you have to quit and go teetotal but limiting the amount of alcohol you drink a week will certainly make you feel a bit better. Alcohol is a depressant, and a downer in terms of drugs. Filling your system with it, especially when you aren’t feeling great, is definitely going to make you feel worse when you hope to feel better.
4. Take breaks from friendships causing you grief
You don’t have to be friends with everyone, and if you have a toxic friend bringing grief to your life, just cut them out. This isn’t about being cruel, but it’s about protecting your mental health at a time of recovery. You don’t have to say goodbye forever, but just for the time when you are trying to make yourself feel better will guarantee your mental health is protected at an already fragile time.
5. Prioritise the things that make you happy
Even if this is something that you aren’t particularly good at, find something to enjoy that brings you joy. That can be a video game, painting, drawing, knitting, or even sports like walking, sightseeing, driving. It’s important that when you find yourself struggling, you prioritise the parts of life that makes you happy.
Whether it be meeting a friend you haven’t seen in forever, stealing your family dog to take out on a walk, having a self-care day where you pamper yourself, all the little things are going to increase your mental happiness and bring resilience in the upcoming months. You’ve got this.