Well as you should know I am indeed a human and therefore also get down now and again.
I don't want this to be a ranty, annoyed post - rather an inspired and uplifting post.
I've dealt with depression (without the use of anti depressants or any medication) on and off since high school, working through an awful time of bullying, bulimia, domestic abuse and most recently unemployment and financial issues. I want to share with you my opinions of how to get through the tough times and be happy.
1. Meditation and 'Me' time.
The councilor that came to give me home visits when I was out of school for a little while was the first to of recommended meditation to me. It's nothing religious and can be done however you find comfortable, but I had a set routine of what I'd do.
I'd start with a bath, you know, with face mask and bath bombs then head to my room, get into my jarmies and do some yoga with candles lit and some chilled out music on.
[This was a popular choice by the 15 year old me.]
Afterwards I'd light some of the special incense my Mam had bought me, sit in the dark and think while using my Baoding balls. The balls kept my hands busy and helped me to concentrate while I would completely clear my mind before focusing on positive thoughts.
2. Work It Out.
Exercise has been proven to be a large aid for people with depression. Not only does working out help produce endorphin's but long term improves ones self confidence and can also improve sleep. Read more. It can be anything from a short jog along the beach, a gym session or a class. I myself had a (don't laugh) Ministry of Sound aerobic DVD so that I could have the fun and benefit of a fast paced hi-tempo workout, without having to do it in public!
3. Putting Things Into Perspective.
To get anywhere while down you need to pretty much think about why you are actually down. How bad are things really? There is almost always someone out there alot worse of than you and you need to recognize that. Most recently I've been watching the inspirational clips of peoples stories on the 'Ellen' YouTube channel. Maybe a cheesy idea to you but I tell you what - it works. She has featured some absolutely fabulous families who have been through so much yet there still remains a smile on their faces. If they can do it, so can you.
4. Have A Hug.
Parents, siblings, other half, friend, pet. Just have a huge squeezy hug.
5. Write Down Your Favorite Inspirational Quotes/Lyrics.
Here are a couple of mine, see more here.
6. Let It Out.
There's no need to keep it bottled up, especially as they say 'A problem shared, is a problem halved'. Spill you heart out to whoever you trust most, I'm sure they'll listen. And if you're in my position, with pretty much no friends, talking to your dog, cat, rabbit, budgie, fish will do too. They make better listeners in my opinion :)Crying is good as well and I do lots of that. Or you could go out for a long walk or jog to the middle of nowhere a scream at the top of your lungs.
So I guess that's it. Lately I really need to take my own advice as I've been feeling very poopy. I hope this is of use to at least one person out there and make sure to spread smiles. Thank you for reading.