Living with Depression: 5 Ways to Cope

Living with Depression: 5 Ways to Cope

Living with Depression: 5 Ways to Cope

Depression affects millions of people across the nation, causing a daily battle to accomplish even the simplest of tasks or keep your mood lifted throughout an entire day. It may creep in slowly and cause sadness or anxiety, or it can happen quickly and overwhelm those affected with irritability or irrational thoughts. When you suffer from depression, you can benefit from making changes to your lifestyle so you can overcome and manage the symptoms it brings. As experts in individual counseling in Orlando, we recommend making some of these changes to cope with your depression.

Stick to a Routine

One of the best ways to manage your mental health is to stick to a routine. Consider ways to implement a routine that works best for your life. Morning and evening routines are some of the best ways to ensure that you start and end each day feeling grounded and peaceful. By sticking to a routine, you will know the expectations for each day, which will make it much easier to cope with any emotions that may come your way.

Set Aside Time for Yourself

Self-care is also critical when you struggle with mental illness. It can be easy to get overwhelmed when life throws too many responsibilities your way, and this can make way for poor mental health. Instead of letting stress overwhelm you, you should take the time to take care of yourself. By scheduling time for self-care, you actually make sure that you spend the time doing things you need to do. Take a long bath, go for a hike, journal, or just spend time relaxing with your pet on the couch. These can make a huge impact on your mental health over time.

Avoid Negative Influences

Unfortunately, negative influences are everywhere. It is up to us to try our best to keep them out of our personal lives. While you may have a bad day at work here and there, you want to avoid letting negativity take over your life. Prioritizing your mental health also means that you should take the time to evaluate the people you let into your life. Get rid of toxic relationships and negative influences so that you surround yourself with people that lift you up and events that you truly enjoy.

Adopt Healthy Practices

Leading a balanced life may sound tricky, but when you prioritize your mental health, you also want to adopt some health habits into your routine. Try to exercise more frequently and eat a more balanced diet. Fueling your body with these nutrients will allow you to feel more comfortable and happy, which will help to manage your depression. If it is difficult to adopt these health habits, slowly add one in at a time until you feel comfortable with each change.

Set Goals

By setting achievable goals, you will also have something positive to focus on. Take a moment to reflect and think about what you want in your life, now and in the future. What do you need to do to make those things happen? Set goals so that you can slowly make your way towards those goals each and every day. When you achieve goals, you will feel positive and this will also help to keep those depressive tendencies away. These are a few ways that you can manage your depression to avoid the negativity that it can bring to your life. Although you may struggle to fight depression, you can get the help you need in individual counseling in Orlando.

 

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Heather Oller

Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.