Today is World Mental Health Day. This is a day focusing on mental health and illness around the world and encourages people to talk about their own experiences. So, I thought I would write a checklist of tools that have helped me recover from depression and severe anxiety in the past. I still have bad days but this is what has helped me.
1) Support Network- having someone to talk to. Whether its one friend, a family member or an extended support network on or offline, talking to those you love and who care for you is vital. If you struggle in this area, the charity Samaritans is always on hand to listen on their helpline.
2) Waking up earlier- Try and get up an hour earlier in the morning to kickstart your day.
3) Get washed and dressed even if you don’t feel like it when depressed. It can alter your mood for a little while and prepare you for the day.
4) Set 3 small achievable goals in your day. It could be as ‘insignificant’ as getting out of bed if you are depressed. (Note: not insignificant at all!!). If you are feeling good, set yourself a goal personal to you.
5) Exercise. I hate exercise- but even moving around a little can change your mindset. Build it up slowly.
6) Eating and resting well. With my bipolar, this has been vital in keeping me well. If you are having trouble eating or sleeping, speak to your GP/ psychiatrist.
7) Positivity. Try to think and visualise something happy. While difficult when you are very low, even writing about something happy cheers me up.
8) Don’t suffer in silence- Tell someone how bad you are feeling.
Happy World Mental Health Day from London, England.