Life can be filled with many draining emotions and events that can leave us stressed, anxious and depressed.
Be it losing a loved one, disappointment, hurt or just general questions that life brings. It’s very normal to feel stressed, worried and out of control but it is not okay to dwell on these feelings till they overwhelm you.
Seeking professional help, be it medical or therapy is the best way to handle Stress, Anxiety and Depression. But what do you do when you don’t have quick access to professional help, or worst still when you can’t afford one?
Here are 6 tips you can try at home to Help Manage Stress, Anxiety and Depression
1. Get up and Take a shower
I know the sunlight feels like a daily reminder of all the things you are not but you can not remain in bed. Get up and get a shower even if you don’t feel like it.
Water on your skin is refreshing, so when next you are stressed, worried or depressed please take a bath. Push yourself, get under the shower and just stay there.Get up and get a shower even if you don’t feel like it Click To Tweet
2. Feed your stomach right
You probably already know that an empty stomach is not good for an aching heart, or you have tried drowning your emotions with a bowl of ice cream, chocolate bars, etc and have been disappointed by the outcome. Try to eat food with nutrients that can boost your mood like (oatmeal, brown rice, millet, spinach, okra, avocado, broccoli, milk, soy milk,orange juice,cheese,egg yolks. etc) little changes to what you eat can make a big difference in how you feel over time.Eat food with nutrients that can boost your mood Click To Tweet
3. Talk about what you feel
When we feel stressed, worried, sad, etc at the same time it may be difficult to unbox but you need to talk about how you feel because the mind has a way of magnifying issues. Talking brings a form of clarity.
Who do I speak to? You can talk to a trusted friend or anyone you feel you can be open to that will listen to you. If for any reason you still can’t reach out to anyone. You can write about how you feel or just do a recording of how you feel. Whatever you need to do to give words to what’s going on in your headspace please do.You need to talk about how you feel because the mind has a way of magnifying issues. Talking brings a form of clarity. Click To Tweet
Going for a walk, mild or vigorous exercises, boxing, etc are activities that can help you get more air in plus they give expression to all the bottled up emotions. Exercises may also promote feelings of pleasure, peace, well-being and help relieve the pain of depression. Exercise is considered a natural remedy for anxiety because it releases powerful endorphin chemicals in the brain, which act like the body’s built-in painkillers and mood-lifters.
Also, research on depression, anxiety, and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety.Psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety. Click To Tweet
5. Get outdoor
Negative feelings like stress, worry, fear, sadness, etc make people want to curl up in a corner but you don’t get better by shutting everyone and everything out. Take a walk, go for the Hangout, meet new people, visit a friend anything but try to be outdoors and in the company of people who love you and you love.
Research suggests better air quality and more opportunities for relaxing can improve your mental health.Research suggests better air quality and more opportunities for relaxing can improve your mental health. Click To Tweet
6. Turn the Music up
Music works as a natural regulator of stress and helps clear your mind of anxiety. In times of stress and anxiety, listing to soft and soothing music will help reduce your stress hormone levels, slow your heart rate, and lower your blood pressure.
If you can play a musical instrument, a few minutes of playing the guitar, piano, or any other musical instrument can help you calm your nerves and distract your thoughts.In times of stress and anxiety, listing to soft and soothing music will help reduce your stress hormone levels Click To Tweet
Yes! God is so concerned about you and how you feel besides He totally gets it,
Hebrew 4: 15-16 says, For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are…Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
You don’t have to do prayer like it is a chore just have a conversation with God about how you feel and let Him love you.God is concerned about how you feel and He gets it Click To Tweet
Sit or lie comfortably, Close your eyes, Make no effort to control your breath; simply just breathe naturally, focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.
This simple sitting still and just breathing for a few minutes called meditation has been shown to lower physiological responses to stress, improve mental alertness, and help people overcome various emotional and physical problems, such as stress, anxiety, and depression.Sit still and just breathe. Click To Tweet
Please do not let life choke you out, you are not alone and I do love you. If you need to reach out to someone, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org