The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust
What does one do when their depression flares and it starts affecting certain aspects of their lives? What can one do when one is unproductive as a result of their depression or anxiety? Living with chronic anxiety and depression that can be triggered by a chronic illness or another mental illness is really tough. Not only is it difficult for one to manage their life. One has to deal with the burden that comes along with those illness; that is depression and anxiety. I currently have a flare and I have been having issues focusing and getting things done on time.
Give yourself time and be gentle with yourself:
Be gentle with yourself and try not to critic yourself. Get a great group of friends or a support system that can help you through this tough time. It will help if one could laugh and have fun with people. Having positive energy around you can help you feel better for a little while. Talk to someone when you start feeling lonely. If you want solitude, care to notify your loved ones so that you won’t ghost them or disappear and end up jeopardizing your love-ships, friendships and family-ships. People who respect you will give you space. Be careful not to isolate yourself, try to balance socializing with solitude. Solitude is essential; introverts, ambiverts and extroverts need it. One needs time to themselves to reflect and contemplate, it is normal. However, if you find yourself isolating from your support system(s), try and get help by speaking to a mental health professional.
Sometimes, just be. Do not think or worry. Keep patience and see how well things will work out for you. – Sanchita Pandey
Express yourself and learn to love your body:
I have to emphasis how important it is for people to express their emotions. Emotions should always be expressed either through art, sports, writing, journaling or through any hobby. Try to exercise, and eat healthy but also make time for some chocolate and ice-cream. You need all of those. Whatever feels good for you at that moment do it. You intuition is truly who you are, and it knows you so dearly. Don’t doubt that. Everyone feels blue once in a while, even if you lose interest in things that you love. Remember that you’re still yourself. You are beautiful and sacred. No matter what the thoughts in your head tell you. No matter what mood, you are still you. Embrace and love your body for protecting you. Love yourself and be grateful for all the things you can do with your body. Appreciate the fact that you are still breathing. Having a depressive episode isn’t easy, all one’s hard work gets thrown out of the window. Our appetites become a mess, sleeping patterns become so irregular and not to mention the fatigue and the excessive worry that one has during this tough time. Take baby steps, focus on one issue at a time. Do things that make you feel good with the people you love, it may help.
To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment. – Thich Nhat Hanh
Productivity: The steps I take During a Flare:
When you fill your being with love, you make yourself healthier and happier. – Sanchita Pandey
I always try to change my negative thoughts into more positive thoughts, this is a really important step to overcome my excessive worry. I chunk my daily activities and try not to think about what I have to do next, in order for me to reduce my anxiety. If I get up I set a goal to take a shower. Once I’ve showered I reward myself with food. Then I make my bed, and reward myself afterwards. This happens for all the things that I accomplish throughout the day (everyday). I try to make life a little interesting. I breakdown my work the same way. So that I look forward to working (which can be a challenge when one is depressed and has anxiety). Laughter is the greatest medicine of all. I always try to find something funny to watch and if I feel like crying, I allow myself to cry. I am always grateful for all that I have because it makes life worth living. These phases in life are learning curves, they (mental health and chronic illness episodes) are inevitable but we most soldier on and learn all that we can.
Say thank you for a beautiful life and be grateful for the small things in life which are miracles we have actually got used to. Gratitude banishes negativity from your life, brings happiness and you start living in abundance and attract more love and prosperity because of the way you think about your life. – Sanchita Panday
Be a wanderluster: A person on a mission to gather experiences and not things.
Native American Proverb: I have been to the end of the Earth, I have been to the end of the Waters, I have been to the end of the Sky, I have been to the end of Mountains, I have found none that are not my friends
Thank you for being with me. I look forward to seeing you here again. Let us rebuild a healthy state of mind.