Nobody wants to talk about touchy subjects like post partum depression, suicide, depression, anxiety, or anything regarding mental health. But it needs to be talked about. How do you cope with it?
I personally suffer from post partum depression, anxiety, and paranoia and here are a couple of ways that I cope with it that may help you too.
Seek Help From Your Doctor
The best thing that you can do if you are having any of these issues and you are aware that there is a problem is to talk to your doctor. Your doctor is the best person to diagnose and help you in coping mechanisms to help your situation.
If need be, a doctor can prescribe medicine, refer you for therapy, or help you by suggesting activities that lower stress and anxiety.
Be Open To New Activities
One thing that definitely helped me was finding new ways to keep my mind busy. I tend to dwell on all the negative thoughts when I’m depressed so anything that gets my mind off of those thoughts helps.
You could do things like read a book, watch a movie, take a walk, pick up a hobby like crafting or baking. Anything that makes you feel better and brings a little joy to your life.
Take Care Of yourself
I don’t care what anyone says, appearance and how you feel definitely affects how you act and think. It never hurts to take care of your body and mind.There’s so many things that you can do to just boost your moral even if it’s for a couple of hours.
Go have a spa day, take a relaxing bath/shower, get your hair done or your beard trimmed up, Put on makeup, or put on a nice outfit. The list is endless, if you look good and feel good physically it definitely helps your overall attitude and outlook on the day.
Be Productive For a Positive Outcome
Keeping your mind busy is an excellent way to help your mind from slipping into undesirable thoughts. *I don’t mean ignore any serious issues by any means.
However instead of brooding over crazy thoughts you could do chores, work out, or go grocery shopping. This kind of goes hand in hand with having new activities, except your not doing it to just keep your mind busy, your doing it to get an end result that gives physical benefits. You do chores to have a clean home, work out for a better body, and go grocery shopping so that you have food.
For example I started to blog, which for me keeps my mind busy and gives me a daily goal as well as indirect social interaction. That benefits me because I don’t have to leave the comfort zone of my home just to socialize or vent my frustrations. My end result is I was able to socialize and find therapy in venting.
Whatever you decide as long as it brings a positive benefit for you. It doesn’t have to be anything special it can be just normal activities of daily living.
One thing that I would recommend is finding a way to vent your frustrations. Anything to get how your feeling out of your head.
Go to a therapist, vent to a friend, write your thoughts in a journal, write a book, blog, paint/draw, create art, or vlog.
Some people when they vlog or blog even take away the comments section of their post so that they don’t have to deal with others negatively regarding their personal issue. That is an option as well if that helps.
1-800-273-8255 NSPL Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you are having any suicide thoughts or tendencies or feel like a physical threat to yourself or anyone else I urge you to call the hotline and seek help.
Please don’t take any harmful actions towards yourself or anyone else, if all else fails please know that the hotline is always open if you need guidance, or someone to talk to.
If you or a friend knows of someone who is having harmful tendencies please seek guidance from the hotline, or a doctor. If the situation is dire to the point where you can no longer keep contact with someone that is having these tendencies please call your local authorities to do a wellness check on them, you just might save a life…
- You can call, visit the website, or do online chat with real individuals that are trained to help. If you visit the website there are multitudes of more in depth information that you or someone you may know might find helpful.
I am not a licensed doctor or therapist these are not diagnoses they are just some things that helped me personally and I thought that it might help someone else who is trying to find a way to get through the rough thoughts and dark times in their life.