Are you tired of letting stress and depression take over your life? I know exactly how you feel. Anxiety and mood swings can create a black cloud of negativity that seems to follow you around everywhere you go. If you’re sick and tired of sitting around letting depression take swings at you, then it may be time to start fighting back.
I know what you’re thinking. You simply don’t have the energy to put up a fight, right? I hear you, but at the same time, you should know that the longer you allow yourself to be kicked around by your own negative thoughts and emotions, the harder it will be to pick yourself up. As hard as it may seem, it’s something you simply have to do for yourself if you want to come out on the other side and actually enjoy your life again.
Sometimes, fighting back against depression can seem like taking a dose of bad medicine. You don’t want to do it, and it isn’t pleasant, but what if I told you that there’s a way to make it taste a bit better? I think I may have that soon full of sugar you need to help the “medicine” to beat depression go down a little smoother. After all, fun is the number one anecdote for anxiety and depression, so why not use it to your advantage as you learn to deal with stress and manage your mood? Start with these techniques:
• Challenge Yourself
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but simply didn’t think you had what it took? Maybe you’d like to go skydiving, for instance, or run a 5K. Whatever it is, make up your mind and go for it; there’s no time like the present! Plus, stepping outside of your comfort zone can help you feel reinvigorated and full of new vitality. It can also give you the shift in perspective you need to beat depression and start loving life again. Although most any challenge will do, a physical one that requires practice or training will have the added benefit of alleviating anxiety. After all, if you’ve ever done any research on alleviating stress, you know that exercise is key.
• Get a Hobby
Stress and depression simply cannot coexist with some good old-fashioned fun. If you’re looking for a solution for how to deal with stress or beat depression, try picking up a new hobby. I know, I know—your schedule is already crammed and you barely have the time to check off all of the must-do items on your to-do list. I get it. I really, really do. But, here’s the thing—you can take an hour out of your day to do something you really enjoy to ward off stress and depression or you can keep running around like a crazy person trying to please everyone else and never experiencing any real joy or contentment. My advice? Get a hobby, and protect your “me time” fiercely.
• Play with a Kid
When it comes to learning how to really let go and enjoy life, there are no better teachers than children. Play with your own kids or borrow some from a friend *wink*, and seize the opportunity to spend your day pretending to be a princess or building a fort. Play is therapeutic, mostly because it forces you into the present moment, and don’t worry—you’re never too old to be a kid at heart.