Depression hits everyone at some point in life. Some get it more severe than others. Some handle it better. Depression is something that I have dealt with a lot in the past 2 years. I believe it has a lot to do with me having 2 pregnancies back to back and not giving my body time to heal. I also believe it also has to do with my current problems in my life.
Now I am no expert on the subject, meaning I do not have a degree. I am simply going to share what has helped me cope and get through this tough season. I know I am not the only one who has struggled with or is struggling with depression and I want to encourage you that you are not alone. I want to uplift, inspire, and help you find a way over the mountain.
I have had a lot of ups and downs lately and my emotions have been all over the place. Are emotions bad? Absolutely not! Emotions are what help us with life. Emotions help us to express to others what is going on and how we are feeling. I pray these ideas help you or someone you know who is struggling.
1. Journal – This may sound stupid to some but I have found that writing out everything that I am thinking or feeling helps to get it out of my head, so I am not pondering about it all day. There is nothing worse than thoughts and emotions floating around inside your head with no where to go. At least on paper you are not lashing out at anyone. When I am depressed I write down my thoughts multiple times during the day. I keep writing until the words stop flowing and it is all out and on paper. Usually by the time I am done I have some ideas as to how to have a better day or work through the problem I am having.
2. Talk – Sometimes you just need to talk to someone and there is no way around it. That’s fine, just make sure it’s someone you can trust. If all you need is for someone to just listen and no advice is needed, make sure you tell that person before you begin. If you want advice then that also needs to be known before you begin. A word of advice when seeking an advice; make sure it’s coming from a person who has given good, reliable advice to you before. The last thing you need is bad advice to make the problem worse.
3. Listen to Uplifting Music – I have a playlist on my phone specifically called Uplifting Music. Music is refreshing and uplifting to me. Find songs that make you happy or bring you joy. Then put them on a playlist so it is ready whenever you need it.
4. Go for a Walk Outside – There is just something about getting outside, preferably with the sun shining, that improves my mood and brings a smile to my face. Also moving your body, also known as exercise, has been shown to release endorphins that give you a boost not only in energy but in your mood as well.
5. Find Things That Make You Smile – For me my children make me smile. I get on the floor and play with them or I go outside and push them on the swings or jump on the trampoline with them. I also love spending time with all the animals we have here on our homestead. Whatever makes YOU smile; maybe it’s playing with your dog, playing a game with your spouse, or hanging out with friends at a local coffee shop. Do what makes you happy!
**BONUS Idea** Diffusing Essential Oils – I LOVE Young Living Essential Oils (I do not recommend any other brand of oils) and I will do a separate post on why I chose Young Living and the oils I use daily but for now I am going to concentrate on the 2 oils that have helped me the most with anxiety, depression, and stress. Joy essential oil and Ylang Ylang essential oil are the 2 I grab for when any kind of stress hits. I will put a couple drops of each in my diffuser (also from Young Living) and diffuse or I will put 1 drop of each on my wrists and rub them in. If you want to know more about Young Living Oils you can click HERE to read more. Interested in getting started with Young Living Essential Oils click HERE. When signing up you will need to input my member ID into the Enroller ID and Sponsor ID part. Feel free to contact me or leave a comment if you want more information.
It is really about finding ways that work for you not someone else. However, I know personally it’s hard to look on the positive or pull yourself out of a black hole when you already feel in over your head. I hope there is at least one item on this list that you can use to help you.
What are some ways you cope with depression? Do you use essential oils? If so which ones do you use for anxiety, depression, and stress? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!