Hey. Are you struggling with seasonal depression? I AM TOO. I know that trying to take care of yourself can be difficult so that is why I collected 10 ways that you can help your depression that are both affordable and minimal effort activities! So without further ado…here’s my list!
10 Ways to Help Your Depression
1. Vitamin D3 can be an awesome supplement to add to your daily routine. Worried about money? I bought 100 capsules for about $5 today at my local grocery store. That is a 100 days of happiness my friends for $5. This has personally helped me a TON. Now that’s not a promise that it will work for you…but it’s definitely worth a shot. (Also don’t rush the results. Give it time.)
2. Melatonin is another supplement that you should consider taking. THIS IS NOT A DAY supplement. This is to help you sleep when you are supposed to sleep. I know when my sleep schedule is more in check…my mood is more in check. This is also in the $5-$6 range.
3. Can’t Go Outside? OPEN YOUR CURTAINS. I know it is hard to get the motivation to drag your body outside…especially when it’s cold. So open your curtains. The sunlight is always helpful…even in little doses. (That’s why D3 helps. It’s the vitamin you get from the sun!)
4. Citrus I know when I add citrus to my diet…I notice I am happier. Why? I don’t actually know. I should’ve done more research…but I just know from experience that it has helped me. Add lemon water in the morning, and orange here and there, or lime juice in your guacamole.
5. Cut Down on Screen Time. Trust me, I am not saying cut out Netflix. A good show binge can help, I know. But so can putting away the screens and reading a book or doing a puzzle. (Or making sure you go eat something.) I know that sometimes the flow of constant media can be overwhelming and make me feel more depressed that I am not getting myself together. Put it away every once in a while and ground yourself.
6. Meditation is a great way to ground yourself. I know there is a stigma that you have to be really focused a diligent to meditate. Not at all. Even if it’s just letting your thoughts be while you take deep breathes can help. Just taking a moment to be in the moment rather than going 100 mph.
7. Breathing I know it sounds stupid. But we forget to breathe properly…especially when we are anxious and or depressed. Take time to focus on your breathing. Notice how it goes to all your muscles in your fingers and toes. And exhale all your negative emotions. Get that oxygen to your brain to fuel those positive thoughts.
8. Talk About It I know not everybody has someone they are comfortable talking about their depression with. But talk it out with someone or something. A therapist, a friend, your cat, a journal, tumblr…no matter but GET IT OUT. Don’t hold all that negative energy in your body. And when you are done, try to replace it with positive thoughts or actions (even if you don’t believe them in the moment.
9. Instrumental Music It’s usually not annoyingly upbeat but also doesn’t contain negative lyrics. It keeps your mind busy in a proactive way.
10. Not Fight Yourself It is awesome you want to get you and your mind in a more positive place. But don’t beat yourself up. You are feeling down and that’s okay. Accept that is where you are at in that moment and love yourself anyways. Then start to work on picking yourself up when you are ready.
Those are ten things that have personally helped me and I hope they benefit you or someone you know. If you are interested in more blogs like this, let me know in the comments.
For now, have a great day!