I am not a doctor or have had any formal education on mental health. Did go to college but not for understanding how our brains work. I do know what it is like dealing with depression and anxiety. Since I have been battling with both since being a teenager. Determined to have 2016 be better than 2015 and all the years before it. I know that I will still have rough days from time to time and that’s ok. This is because my main goal for 2016 is to have more positive days than dark ones. Here is how I will accomplish this….
As silly as this may sound, it is a very real issue. I lose my motivation, in part, by thinking about everything going on in and outside my mind. Thinking about bills, money, life, family, this website, past failures, future failures, risks, etc…. I get so lost that I lose focus on what is happening now, the present day. This is one of the reasons why it takes so long for me to write new stuff for you and one of the main goals for me to improve on this year.
To accomplish this, I will use the app Calm more often. It is awesome!!! It is a meditation app and has helped me in the past. Even though I don’t really meditate, I probably should, listening to soothing sounds help me re-center my focus and mind. I really can’t explain it but the sound of rain falling is very relaxing for me. You can get the Calm app for Android or Apple.
This may seem obvious and simple to you but it’s not. With everyday being a challenge, this was one that I leased considered important. With the increase negative effect my weight gain has had on my mental health, I have become more determined to make it important. It will not be easy, especially on my bad days where I just want to lay on the couch and not do anything. I have lost weight the before so I know that I can do it.
To accomplish this, I have removed a lot of bad foods that I used to eat. I have started, slowly, to replace them with fruits and vegetables. More natural items will be used to replace the processed foods I used to eat a lot of. I purchased a FitBit Charge early last year and it helped me lose a lot of weight. Then when I got lost in my mind, I lost track of everything. So I will be using it again like before. Making sure I get at least 10,000 steps, quality sleep, drinking more water, and watching what I eat. My mental health was better, than it is now, when I had the weight loss.
In my younger years, I would always end up trying to do too much at once. This would cause me to accomplish NOTHING!! Now that I am older, I understand my thought process and my mental health a little bit better. I have learned, but sometimes forget, to take a goal and break it down into many small jobs. The small jobs are more manageable and easier to finish. This will help improve my overall life but most importantly my mental health.
You see, at any moment there are one of hundreds emotions, thoughts, fears, regrets, etc…. swirling in my head. Swirling like a hurricane and can be just as destructive as one. To accomplish something, like writing this, takes a lot of determination and energy. I have to “force” myself to write my thoughts and there are a lot of them but it tends to be easier for me if I break this process into little parts. So, 2016 will be the year that I will accomplish the most in my life by making many small changes.
If you have been struggling with depression / anxiety and have not tried any of these, I would give it chance. These might work for someone and they might not. Even though you are dealing with the same mental health issues as me, the solutions are never the same for us. I would like to hear from you.
What tips, which have worked for you, would you share with someone to help them with their mental health issues?