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3 Tips, To Clarify 3 Common Tips

I used to read articles with a list of tips on dealing with the day to day issues of depression, anxiety, and the like. Honestly, I would always come away just a bit unsatisfied. So, that’s why I decided to write my own list. Let’s jump into it.



Getting to Sleep

Too often the articles including this tip don’t take into account just how hard it can be for

someone struggling with these symptoms to get to sleep.


It’s not uncommon for me to lay in bed with my eyes closed yearning for sleep to come and provide me an escape from the rampant negative thoughts and emotions inside my own head.


When this used to happen, I would come to tears which I vehemently fought back. The result was I couldn’t escape the terrors in my own head, so I focused on trying to push down my emotions.


That level of focus meant I couldn’t relax which meant I couldn’t sleep. I’m willing to bet that I’m not the only one with these kinds of experiences.


My advice is to just let it out. The emotions you’re feeling are there for a reason and trying to fight back those tears isn’t worth the effort.



Exercise

Before beginning, think about what your goal is.


There’s no end to the benefits of doing so, but without a plan most are doomed to only show up to a gym, maybe run on the treadmill a bit, hit some curls or abs until you feel a slight burn, and feel incredibly awkward the entire time so you never come back.


If you’re looking to change the way you look and gain confidence, get an eight-week workout AND diet plan from one of your fitness-freak friends and stick to it.


Don’t base your results on how you look/feel after the first week.


Focus on the confidence gained after each new PR or choosing the banana over the cookie.


If it’s interaction with other people you crave, then find a consistent group for pickup basketball, soccer, yoga, or ultimate frisbee.


Each will help release the endorphins exercise brings out and you will get new bonds with people which is the key.



Being Kind to Yourself

This is one I’m also prone to failing.


It’s not uncommon for me to blow something out of proportion and start calling myself an idiot, stupid, dumb, moronic, worthless, or any combination of these any others.


My own religious understanding paints humanity as completely wretched and depraved.


However, I still somehow have friends who go to great lengths for me and whom I love unconditionally. If that’s true, then what right do I have to look down on myself?


By doing that I would be discrediting them too. I would be only be stating that my love and respect for them isn’t real which isn’t true.


Part of being kind to yourself is not lying to yourself. Even if at a particular moment you feel like you don’t have any worth think about a time someone did something kind for you.


Tell yourself that they did that because you matter and because you’re worth it because that’s the truth.


It’s not about complimenting yourself to satisfy your ego. Instead, use your connections with those who love you to confirm the value that they already see.



I hope that you found this helpful in supplementing your own day to day safeguards against symptoms of mental health issues. If you EVER need help, do your best to reach out. It’s absolutely worth the step, even though it may be difficult.


-Spencer Newmister

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