Defy Depression: Three Little Things


Defy Depression: Three Little Things

March 14, 2016

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Jennette Holzworth

 

I don’t sew. In fact, my grandmother’s sewing machine stares at me mockingly as I write this, because I don’t even know how to turn it on.

 

When I got a hole in my favorite jeans a while back, I bought one of those iron-on patches to do the job.

 

The thing about iron-on patches is that they don’t resolve the problem. Sure, it mediates the gaping hole in the crotch area, but it’s blatantly obvious there’s still a problem. If I was a skilled seamstress, I would have neatly stitched the sides together, creating one of those highly sought-after character marks on an expensive pair of jeans.

 

But two-toned patchwork got me through until I could get around to buying a new pair. Which, was about a year. (I know, gasp.)

 

Today’s tips are the equivalent of that iron-on patch.

 

In and of themselves they probably aren’t the cure for anxiety or depression, but they can quite possibly carry you through to the day that your cure and healing is realized - and that has value.

 

Don’t underestimate the power of baby steps to empower and embolden you to increase your ability to take bigger steps down the road. As long as you’re moving forward, and don’t give up, you’re making progress!

 

Fish oil. There’s evidence that inflammation is an underlying culprit of depression and addressing said inflammation can have a lasting response. Certainly, more intensive approaches with nutrition will improve outcomes, but this simple thing takes very little effort and will get you started. A dose of 3-6 grams may be necessary for at least 12 weeks (be sure to check with your doctor before starting any supplements.)

 

Writing. It’s been incredibly evident to me the power of writing on my anxiety, and science actually backs me up on this. Pen to paper, I find, is unbelievably therapeutic and can really help slow the racing thoughts and mounting stress that leads to an attack. This article has some great strategies for maximizing the impacts.

 

Get sunshine. Most people are unaware they are deficient in vitamin D, a nutrient linked with mental health. Certainly, supplementing will resolve this (you should first check with your doctor, and see how much you actually need based on your personal levels.) However, why not save some cash and just get outside, as sheerly being outdoors can make a huge difference on your mood. And, while you’re just “out there” - why not move? There’s some huge benefits for walking outdoors when it comes to anxiety.

 

Looking back, it didn't seem like months had passed with my awkward patched jeans. Honestly, I didn't even give it much thought. Things weren't perfect, but they were manageable, and these tips have done the same for me when it comes to the Proverbial holes that emerge in my mental health.

 

Believe me when I say this: it will get better. Hang on. If you need to talk to someone, reach out. It doesn't make you weird or an anomalie - it further proves your strength. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available right now at 1 (800) 273-8255 or onine for a chat at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

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