Mental health is so important and very close to my heart. Two topics that this post briefly focuses on is coping with depression and anxiety.

I have experience anxiety, depression and hopelessness too many times. So I have a deep need for working on myself and finding ways to nurture my happiness and hopefully one day, I can be completely free from anxiety and depression.

May is Mental Health Awareness month, so I figured this is the best time for me to express my thoughts on depression and anxiety because they go hand in hand.

Mental health is that word that use to make me cringe, and shy away from talking about this BIG problem that myself and others have. I do not know about you, but I would rather talk about cancer, heart attacks, and other diseases before talking about the taboo topic, mental illness. One day it dawned on me that the more we talk about anything, the more we learn and the more we become less uncomfortable.

Let’s address why most people do not want to talk about getting help. Most people think if they seek professional help for depression they will seem crazy and unfit to the people around them. The main reason most people feel this way is because we do not talk about mental health enough with our doctors, family and friends. Discussing mental health is almost like a foreign language to most people, I know it was for me. 

There are people who think depression is not real. These people also believe the person who is experiencing depression and or anxiety is just making excuses and feeling sorry for themselves. I want to let you know, that depression and anxiety is real and people all over the world experience it, some almost everyday, and it does not exclude, your family, friends and even you.

Let’s be respectful of those who want to talk and seek help about their mental health. If you are a friend of someone in need of help about their mental health, just be supportive and encourage them to seek help. Your support goes a long way.

I have never met anyone that has never been depressed, experienced anxiety, or extremely low points in their life.

Many people living with depression experience some other mental illness as well, which can also be diagnosed by your doctor. 

Days, weeks or even months of happiness and you will feel great but depression and anxiety is a cycle, so most likely the symptoms will return. Depression and anxiety is a dreadful cycle, if you do not know how to cope with the symptoms. 

Below I have 3 tips that I use to help me cope with these cycles of anxiety which often times leads to depression or vice versa.

  1. Exercise: Helps you release chemicals in your body that makes you feel good. This feel good chemical is called serotonin. Low levels of serotonin in the blood has been linked to depression, so get your exercise done, even when you do not feel like it. Trust me, I know exercise helps depression symptoms. Regular exercise also prevents depression from reoccurring often.
  2. Meditation: Practice mindfulness which ease your symptoms of both anxiety and depression.
  3. Talk to someone who you can trust. (Talk Therapy)
  4. Medication: Please speak to your doctor for  help, especially, if the first 3 tips does not work for you.

My message to you is become more aware of your mental health and take action because that’s the best thing you can do for yourself.

Thank you so much for taking your time out to read my blog. Love all my readers! Don’t forget to share this post. It means a lot!

Marshalee

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