I used to wake up every morning and lay in bed refusing to let my daily parenting duties force me to get going. I used to be so tired and loathe with self-doubt and pity. Wandering around my house so mopey and irritated all the time. Most days, I wouldn’t even get fully dressed for the day. I would still be in my pajamas. Sometimes (I hate admitting this) I wouldn’t shower for days. I’ve been able to get through the really bad days and I’ve moved on knowing how to fight off these feelings and emotions. I’m not saying that it’s over and I’ve completely conquered these feelings, but I certainly have learned how to cope. That’s why I’d like to share with you 8 little things to help with depression.
1. Make the bed.
Please read my post on the 5 reasons why I make my bed. Making my bed sets the precedence for the entire day. If I miss this step, my day is pretty much shot. Making my bed helps with my depression because it keeps me out of my bed and boosts my self-esteem.
2. Pray or meditate.
I begin each day by thanking God for my blessings and asking Him to help me through the day. I truly need all the help I can get and I know that God is on my side daily.
3. Say something positive out loud.
Please also read my post about what I have to tell myself every morning. Starting my day by convincing myself that it’s going to be a great day, gets me started on the right foot. The power of positivity is truly an amazing ability.
4. Get some exercise.
I’ll be honest…I don’t exercise every day. Truth be told, I do my best with the busyness of mom life. On the days I am able to get the exercise in, I feel 10 times better.
5. Take care of self and personal grooming.
Showering and doing my hair is a little thing that I forget I have the privilege of enjoying. I feel so much better and my depression doesn’t feel as bad when I have showered and at least done my hair. I don’t always put makeup on because I don’t always see people outside my home. But, I will at least do my hair!
6. Think of someone to serve.
As a mom, I’m basically providing service all the day long. Moms, amiright? Besides that, I have to think of someone outside my home and try to focus on others. I have this anonymous service that I do for people in my area that I try to involve my kids with as often as I can. It’s my little way of making someone feel better and letting them know they are loved.
7. Clean up.
Throughout the day, our toddlers make such a mess. They’re outside for large portions of the day, but when they’re inside, they insist on living in a mess. I think they thrive in it. So, I’m constantly picking up after them. I involve them in the cleanup process as much as I can because I simply can’t do it alone. I feel so much better when my house is clean. We have a pretty small house, so there’s not much room to make and leave messes. We live in all areas of the house, so it needs to stay clean because it keeps us all sane.
8. Take slow breaths.
It’s been clinically proven that oxygen to the brain is vital to keeping anxiety, stress, and depression at bay. Read this article for more information on slow breathing and how important it is to keep your stress levels down.
Well, that’s all folks! I try to do these little things to help with depression every day to keep myself focused on the good and positive things. I know that I’m also helping to keep my mental health in control. What do you do to fight your anxiety, stress, or depression? I’d really love to hear it in the comments below.