Updated: Nov 1, 2020
Below, I have shared some tips on how to manage stress, anxiety, and depression:
1. Study shows that a regular fitness regimen may help with depression. It has been proven that walking for 15-30 minutes each day may help to ease stress and anxiety, which often lead to depression, and may also improve cardiovascular health.
2. Find a hobby that you enjoy. If you have too much time on your hands, consider working on a DIY project or any activity that offers you personal satisfaction and enjoyment. After all, busy hands are happy hands.
3. Ensure 7-8 hours’ sleep per night. The loss of sleep is one of the leading causes of stress and anxiety, which are directly related to depression. In order to improve the quality of your sleep, make sure that your mattress is comfortable, along with your pillow. It may also help to keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature so that you can sleep soundly through the night without being disrupted by hot or cold temperatures. And finally, the use of portable air filters will help to remove allergens in the air and will leave your room with a feeling of cleanliness. This may help to ease allergies, which often disrupt sleep and can lead to anxiety throughout the day. If you have issues falling asleep, then you can listen to soothing music while relaxing in a lightly lit room. I like listening to the saxophone. YouTube of course.
4. Consider the cause of your depression and try to remove it from your life. Much depression at this time may be associated with Covid-19. However, one of the ways to remove the trigger is to limit the amount of information you let in in regards to Covid-19. In other words, filter the amount of Covid-19 related information that you receive on a daily basis. This means limited social media, limited news, etc.
5. Practice yoga/meditation. Recently I have been practicing yoga and I realized that it helps me to feel more relaxed throughout the day. Since I am a beginner, I practice using beginner videos on YouTube for 20 mins maximum. I must confess, I am terrible at it. However, with practicing I know I will become better with time.
6. Watch what is on your plate. The food we consume plays a very important role in how our bodies feel. Our food can be our medicine and as poisoning to our system. According to Middle East Medical, diets high in refined sugars, are harmful to the brain and also promote inflammation and oxidative stress. They also have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function — and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression. See full article.
7. Find a support group. Each one teaches one. No man is an island, no man stands alone. We are our brother’s keeper. Joining a support group will help get you through a difficult time as a team. Knowing that someone cares, or you are having a shared journey will give you the strength to carry on. Join a community today, Just Breathe.
This article is to be used for informational purposes only. The information contained herein should be used as, in place of or in conjunction with professional medical advice relating to the treatment of depression. Anyone who notices the symptoms of depression, or believe that they may have a problem, should consult a physician for a proper diagnosis and/or treatment recommendation.
Monifa Grant is a Self-Development Coach. She is the founder of The BOLD Life where she helps her clients to achieve their personal and professional goals.