Below, I will be sharing my ways of coping with depression, anxiety and the like…

This actually isn’t the first time I’ve discussed anxiety on here, but today’s a day that warrants a repost or a reshare.

1) remember the things that you live for, the people you live for… Yes, I know this one’s somewhat difficult to do in the moment, but you’d be surprised how for every negative thought, a replacement of a positive one goes a long way…

According to science, if you remind yourself of three things that you’re most thankful for each day for 21 days, this rewires your brain to fix our chain of thought to become more positive.

2) pace yourself. Set short-term goals that you can achieve each day. If you struggle to leave the house when you’re at your lowest, motivate and encourage yourself to step outside, even just standing in your front yard. Each day, go a few steps further and before you know it, you’ll be back to being able to go out.

The other way is to push yourself completely out of your comfort  zone. Rather than pacing yourself, just bite the bullet. Go out, but take someone you trust with you and take a tranquilliser medication with you too, to calm you down. honestly, although I didn’t realise this at the time, this one helped the most.

3) CBT, counselling and or talking about it to people who you trust

This one is important. Look, plenty of mental illnesses can be cured just by talking about what’s bothering you. Yes, medications help to cope, but all they do is get rid of it for the duration of time you’re taking the dose. Essentially, it’s like putting a plaster on the problem and not treating it from the root.

No matter how difficult it is, if you can’t talk about it, you’re not going to fully heal. Of course, it’s not a bad thing if you can’t discuss it right away, you need to be ready. That’s fine too. It’s just, it’s impossible to get rid of the problem completely if you’re bottling it up. I always tell my friends this all the time. Whatever it is, it’s better out than in – not just flatulence and/or burps.

4) only do things that bring you joy

I watch TV, blog like crazy, and spend time with my mum, BFFS and brother a lot. Thinking of Bae a bit a lot helps as well. These are the things that keep us grounded. Bae keeps ME grounded, hopefully not like a teenager would be, but still.

5) cut the negatives from your life

Negative things are a form of toxins. You need to rid them from your life in order to heal. Remove them and you’ll start to live better.

6) Mindfulness/meditation

Guided meditation is incredible. It saved me. Honestly, they’re everything. If you don’t like meditating, listen to podcasts. They’re legit perfection.