Coping with Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety may be two faces of the same coin, The co-existence of these conditions are very common and many researchers believe that both conditions will respond to the same treatments.
When a depressive episode or feelings of high anxiety threaten to take over, you need to have some coping mechanisms to help pull you through. The origin of depression and anxiety centers in the brain. This, however, doesn’t mean that you cant bring these feelings under control by focusing on the following methods to help change the negative thoughts and emotions into a different healthier perspective.
Breathing techniques are very beneficial in easing Depression and anxiety symptoms. Try using a concentrated awareness on your breathing take a slow deep breath then hold that breath for a few moments and slowly exhale. Do this three to four times and you will notice a calming effect. This can be done anywhere and should be implemented at the first feelings of depression or anxiety.
Exercise is another great way to overcome bouts of depression and anxiety. Get up and move. Take the dog for a walk, or simply do a routine of stretching exercises. This will help you to move your focus from the depressing or anxious thoughts to your body while you are moving and releasing endorphins as the exercise helps adjust your brain chemicals which will actually improve your mental status.
Make sure to get plenty of rest. An insufficient amount of sleep can wreak havoc on your mood. You will be irritable and out of balance emotionally which can exacerbate the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Try to go to bed at the same time each night and get up at a consistent time each morning. Even if you don’t fall asleep when you go to bed, still stick to the bedtime schedule to train your brain so that it will soon catch on to what you’re supposed to be doing at the time.
Mediate or use the time to pray or practice your breathing routine. You will soon find that you will be able to fall asleep easier each night.
Good nutrition is essential to coping with depression and anxiety.
Eating a healthy diet is not only important to the well-being of the body but also the mind. Avoid alcohol and caffeine because these substances can intensify negative emotions.
If the depression and anxiety is long-lasting, or it is worsening, get professional medical help. There are many medications that are being used to alleviate the symptoms of these mental disorders. Your doctor will be able to help you find the medication that will be most effective for you. There are other courses of treatment that your health care professional may recommend, such as psychotherapy or counseling.
At times joining a support group can be helpful. This is a way to talk about what you’re experiencing with others who can relate to your feelings and can share the coping methods that work for them.