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Six Simple Ways To End Depression, Right Now

We all go through moments and seasons of anxiety, worry, and fear. It’s natural, it’s expected but it is not healthy. We have so many daily stressors as women: kids, personal issues, family, relationships, work, you almost lose count. But regardless of that, we still have to make sure we are doing whatever it is we can do is reduce those stress levels so that we do not fall down the deep, dark hole of depression. 

How can I control my anxiety?

“You say you’re ‘depressed’ — all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective — it just means you’re human.”

David Mitchell

Three Really Simple Ways To Improve Your Stress Levels Today

Let’s start with sleep. Sleep is usually the first thing that is affected when you are struggling with anxiety or depression. Observational studies suggest that insomnia might be associated with an increased risk of depression with inconsistent results. This study aimed at conducting a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies to evaluate the association between insomnia and the risk of depression. When you mind is affected during the day, your sleep is almost always affected at night. Start to work on improving your sleep.

How? Great question!

  1. Give yourself a period to unwind before you go to bed; do something relaxing and avoid stressful tasks or thoughts.
  2. Go to bed at the same time each night, and set an alarm so that you wake at the same time each morning.
  3. Have a consistent bedtime routine.
  4. Turn off your devices and try reading a book for a few minutes.
  5. Journal, write all your current worries, fears and concerns down and then pray. This will feel like an exhale, a moment to express yourself and a a great counselling session all in one.

Work out. Break a sweat.

Lack of energy and low mood may mean that you simply feel too fatigued to get up and get active. Exercise anyway. Find a group class you can join and be a part of. Dance with friends, join the gym or simply do some jumping jacks in your kitchen or living room. Just raise your heart rate and break a sweat. Your body needs this daily!

Avoid alcohol. Eat better quality foods. Ditch the junk food.

Your body is your temple. Treat it that way. What you put in your mouth can have a direct effect on how you think and feel. Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet, one that’s rich in nutrients and low in saturated fat. A nutritionist or dietitian can help you analyze your eating habits and pinpoint potential nutrient deficiencies that could contribute to depression.

For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future’.

Breathe. Reclaim your peace. And breathe...

Shifting your focus to your strengths and abilities can help you maintain a more positive mindset. A few minutes to slow your breathing and focus your attention on your body at the moment can help you get a better handle on your worries. Every now and again, take some deep breathes (counting to 5, holding for 5, and then releasing for another 5). Repeat this until you feel that peace coming in. This is mindful meditation, and it works! Finally, you want to do something we suggest at WT every single day: Reclaim your peace. It is yours! Repeat to yourself every morning, “I am blessed, I am highly favored, I am always above, never beneath. I am stronger than my greatest challenge, I have peace and I will survive. I am a winner, I am an overcomer and I am more than a conqueror”. Say words like this every time. Tell your mind and your body to obey what your spirit is saying!

Smile...the best is yet to come.

Shifting your focus to your strengths and abilities can help you maintain a more positive mindset. Every now and again, take some deep breathes (counting to 5, holding for 5, and then releasing for another 5). Repeat this until you feel that peace coming in. This is mindful meditation, and it works! Finally, you want to do something we suggest at WT every single day: Reclaim your peace. It is yours! Repeat to yourself every morning, “I am blessed, I am highly favoured, I am always above, never beneath. I am stronger than my greatest challenge, I have peace and I will survive. I am a winner, I am an overcomer and I am more than a conqueror. Despite what it looks like and feel like right, I know the best is yet to come!”. Say words like this every time you feel a bit down and it seems you are overwhelmed. It works! Tell your mind and your body to obey what your spirit is saying. We love you and we cherish you Queen. Keep smiling. x