Today is World Mental Health Day. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression for nearly two decades. I’ve taken anti-depressants, such Paxil, Zoloft, and Prozac for the past 17 years. It is caused by either a chemical imbalance or trauma in the past. Environmental vs biochemical. I treat both with counseling and medication. I am doing great in life, thanks to the help of my doctors, and counselors.
Medication isn’t the only answer though. Here’s what I do to make sure I am the best for my family and not down in the dumps, wasting my time away in bed.
I get adequate sleep. I try not to stress out, I try to look at the big picture, and not let little things bother me. Ignore negative people and do not let them get to you. Try to find things I enjoy. I like hiking, and taking my kids to the park, or going to the mountains.
Get out and about amongst people also helps. Talk to family and friends as well.
I get a relaxing massage. This is a huge stress reliever.
Exercise boost serotonin. I try to exercise, it helps a lot.
Also trying to eat healthy.
Reach out for help if you are feeling overwhelmingly depressed or anxious. I go to the doctor and therapist for cognitive behavioral therapy.
As time goes on, I learn how to cope better. It does get better and do not give up! There is help out there, seek it, and reach your full potential.
Depression and anxiety doesn’t make you weaker, overcoming it makes you stronger.
World Mental Health Day 2019
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255