Christmas can be a difficult time for some, I for one struggle with depression and anxiety, I know I am not the only one. Here are few things to bear in my mind when you are depressed.
1) When you are feeling low, you feel like you are the only person to being going through hell. But remember that you are not alone, in fact approximately 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems in the uk each year. Did you know that mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental health disorder in Britain?! That speaks volumes really!
2) Remember it is ok not to be and sometimes dwelling in sadness is acceptable. Like wise asking for help, taking bills or going to therapy are also acceptable. We are all different, experiment and use what works for you. Don’t be ashamed as there is so many people seeking out different ways to manage.
3) Don’t aim to cure, it is more important to manage and find strategies that help reduce the feelings. Of course, in an ideal world I would love to get rid of my depression etc but the changes are slim. I am not rejected the fact I can’t overcome it, I am more trying to accept what I have got, taken the pressure of and taking one day at a time. No one really knows what is around the corner, so just being present in the moment is much more realistic way of thinking.
4) Don’t ignore how you feel, sweeping under the carpet won’t make it go away. I have been guilty in the past and have learnt the hard way when the illness will creep up on you, there is only so much hiding you can do until eventually you will crack. It is better to deal with the situation now then later when it is much bigger and more difficult to manage.