12 Ways to Beat Depression
It has been a while since my last post – it has been an overwhelming week – lots of appointments, sickness and a major lack of sleep. Last night after 8 nights of getting about 4 hours broken sleep I had my first full nights sleep! I feel like a new person and so with a little more energy I thought I better post today in my 2 remaining hours of freedom!
Am I the only person who when I don’t sleep everything seems harder?! It seems like the world starts to crumble and everything starts going wrong. It was the trigger to depressive episodes for me and so I wanted to share a quick list of things I do to karate kick depression out of the window when it starts to rear its ugly head.
According to Caregiver.org
- Caregivers have higher levels of stress than non caregivers. They also describe feeling frustrated, angry, drained, guilty or helpless as a result of providing care.
- More than one-fifth (22%) of caregivers are exhausted when they go to bed at night, and many feel they cannot handle all their caregiving responsibilities.
- According to one study, there is a dramatic increase in risk of mental health consequences among women who provide 36 or more hours per week of care to a spouse.
12 Ways I beat off Depression
- Watch something funny – I can spend hours (ok minutes) watching You tube Vine videos they are stupid but can leave me in tears! I do love a good prank!
(The last one is epic!)
- Sleep – Get some! as a mummy carer this can be my single biggest challenge but the thing I need the most. Enlist help if necessary you need to recuperate, give your body time to heal and you need a break! (I seriously need to take my own advice!)
- I have created a playlist of music of songs that make me feel good, so on the occasions I feel a bit down, I pop it on and sing away – really helps shift my mood. Here is my Spotify PLaylist
- Keep a diary – Writing is my therapy, if I can write what I am feeling a lot of the time I can work out what I need to do/think to move away from dwelling.
- If I can, speak to someone – a trusted friend/ family member or even a counsellor.
- Treat myself – Give myself a £5 budget and treat myself to a tacky magazine/cake/ dvd. Most often it is cake – Bakerdays I am coming for you!
- Sleep some more.
- Listen to a motivational podcasts – Tony Robins, Deepak Chopra, Les Brown, Lewis Howes, Joel Osteen are just a few.
- Make a list of everything that has made you happy/proud in the last couple of days – it can be big or small things. Keeping a gratitude diary is awesome my blogger buddy Sassy does this each week on her blog which is great!
- Cook a good meal for myself – like a nice meal not a rushed, bunged everything in the wok meal!
- Drink (not alcohol) – this has to be the best thing I discovered – drinking alcohol when I feel down is a recipe for disaster. In stead of feeling down for one day it can be several. Having a hangover too as a mummy is horrendous! I mean G is not at all forgiving and still wakes at 6 am ready to play!And a bonus one as I clearly cannot count!
- Get a hobby – easier said than done sometimes, but if you can find a little something that is yours and takes your mind away from focusing on the negatives it can do the world of good.