Unconventional Ways to Deal With Anxiety and Depression

How to Deal With Anxiety and Depression?

Are you frequently worrying about something? You feel uncomfortable daily? How many times you don’t want to wake up in the morning, and you just want to lay on the bed all day all night?

I am a very low self-esteem person. To my friends, I look overconfident, an extrovert, unapologetic.

In fact, I care so much about how people look at me. Do I say something wrong? Sometimes I can’t sleep because of these.

Is this anxiety and depression, and how to deal with it?

Symptoms of Having Anxiety or Depression

If you are having 70% or below, very likely you are encountering anxiety.

  • all-time fear and worry
  • difficulty of breathing
  • Insomnia and not willing to wake up in the morning
  • loss of appetite or overindulging in food
  • having bad memory, decision making, and concentration
  • living in agony
  • no interest in any activities
  • feeling tired and cranky
  • Panic attacks
  • a rapid heartbeat or palpitations
  • cold-sweating, trembling and shaking

 

What are the triggers:

  • a stressful life – work, family, financial
  • genetics – anxiety could run in your family
  • imbalance diets
  • side effects of medications
  • lack of confidence
  • phobias, like agoraphobia (fear of people or open spaces) and claustrophobia (fear of small spaces)
  • some chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, or asthma, hormones imbalance
  • chronic pain (and you are not sure which area)
  • overdose caffeine and alcohol
  • public/social events
  • your unfavorable inner voice, check out how to be a better me, here.
  • outer voice is important, choose your friends wisely

How to Deal With Anxiety and Depression?

 

1. Go for a walk

Walk 30mins a day can keep your sorrow away. A study conducted in the United Kingdom, What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health?”, has found that regular exercising in nature can help improve a good mood and increasing self-esteem.

Walking in nature can massively reduce your worries and sorrows. Walking promotes blood circulations, deeper breathing for better health.

Another study conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School, Longitudinal Effects on Mental Health of Moving to Greener” has shown that spend a longer period living in nature can rejuvenate inner and mental health.

 

I love to walk. Walking is a spiritual journey and a reflection of living. Each of us must determine which path to take and how far to walk; we must find our own way, what is right for one may not be for another. – Edie Littlefield Sundby

2. Let it out- express your thoughts

Learn to be expressive about your thoughts. It is not a must to talk to somebody if you are uncomfortable about it, you can also write a journal, a blog for yourself only. Talking to someone is to let the other person express life from his point of view. You will have more ideas about life. Try talking to someone you can trust.

If you can’t, I feel the same too. That’s normal.

If you prefer talking to anonymous, you can work with a therapist. There are lots of free online sources you can watch and read, or find a therapist for trial before you sign up. One-week free trial here.

 

3. Strongly believe that you have done your very best

Accept that you cannot control everything. Believe what you have done is what is the best from you. We have to know that not everything is in our control, nothing is perfect.

Imperfections are part of life. Regrets are inevitable. Regrets are part of the learning curve of life.

 

There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher ― Robin Sharma

 

4. Smells something nice, it affects your mood

Scents have a lot of functions. It stimulates memories, appetite, it creates imaginations, it brings you to places you have never been, like the lavender farm. Smells enhance food, coffee, and tea tastes.

Smells trigger our memories and emotions. We can recall memories from the scents. Only nice smells bring us back good memories.

Scents are being used to bring back memories of dementia patients, memories lost patients. The reason being scents activate more intensive emotional memories than pictures. Visual in mind will stay 50% only within months, but smells memories can last longer than a year, and it brings back memories.

Aromatherapy can help activate receptors in your brain, potentially easing anxiety.

 

 

5. Check Your Diet

Only nutritious food can satiate your hunger. I hate to say that, but it happens to me each time after I crave fried food or snack, each month when I am feeling lousy. You maybe curb your cravings but you will never feel satiated enough.

Food that we should eat more to have enough nutritions for our brain in order to make better daily decisions:

  • omega-3 fatty acids like wild-caught deep-sea fish like tuna and wild salmon, almonds
  • high-antioxidant food like vegetables and fruits
  • dark chocolate, caffeine, and wine (in moderation) good for the heart

 

6. Meditation – Calm down our mind with breathing

Breath in long and deep. How?

Usually, we breathe by the chest without noticing. How we should breath is to breathe into our stomach, hold it there, and let go bit by bit slowly through the nose or mouth. Only deep breathing can calm ourselves down.

 

 

Takeaways

How to Deal With Anxiety and Depression?

1. Go for a walk

2. Let it out- express your thoughts

3. Strongly believe that you have done your very best

4. Smells something nice, it affects your mood

5. Check Your Diet

6. Meditation – Calm down our mind with breathing

 

The Last resort – Ask your doctor about medications for anxiety and depressions. If nothing else above can help, perhaps medications can slow down your conditions, by relaxing your body and let you rest more. A good doctor will recommend you, psychiatrist or therapist, instead of just using medicines only to control your conditions.

Any thoughts and suggestions? Do give me some new ideas, so that we can help more people!

 

10 Comments

  1. Hi, This is something that I deal with myself every single day. It is not easy I also have social anxiety. it is not easy to deal with the paranoia and the lifestyle of mental illness. I have tried to antidepressants and I have Been unhappy with the results of those. what works for me is MJ and I honest to God do not understand why it is not being used more by the medical profession.

    • Hi Jake, marijuana often abuse by many people. If only people don’t overdose and abusing it MJ is a good heal for people who need it from the certified doctors. 

      Try to relax more when you are out there with people. Avoid eye contacts, if you happen to catch one, they are sometimes now looking at you. A lot of times we can’t control what we see, and we just look at anything close to us. It is not that terrifying. Walk a lot, sit down in a restaurant more to observe people, you will feel more comfortable and easy as you go along. Happy 2020!

  2. Hello Yongli! Very good post! 

    5 years ago, I also experienced a great depression. Even one of the doctors gave a verdict, my depression was at a moderate to high level. Though I hope I can find this article sooner.
    To be honest, of the 6 points you wrote, I just tried 1 point, which is meditation. And I still do that until now.
    Maybe 5 other points I will try after this.

    Thank you very much for this article. I enjoyed reading it and I got something.

    • Hi Kylie, Thanks for the comment. I hope you can cope well by now. If all the ideas I mentioned are not easy for you, you can just do walking. Be it in nature, the night market, or night time road. Just by walking, it can ease you down much better than staying stillness. I wish you a happy 2020! 

  3. Thanks a lot for such an amazing review about Ways of How to Deal With Anxiety and Depression and explanation are given.

    Depression and anxiety are not something we have to play with, or if we know people around us who suffer from these conditions, we should help them or go to a psychologist who can help us get rid of these things.It is an article with some very good advice with which we could help a lot of people.

    Thanks again for this post. If you don’t mind, I will share this article on my social media account. Good luck!

  4. Thank you for this interesting post! Nowadays, to many people are taking pills against depression. In my opinion, that does not solve the problem at all. However, they just feel better for some days and after this, depression symptoms hit again! You write about going for a walk or meditating. Those things are much more helpful than taking medication. Nature or especially meditating in nature can give people positive thoughts. As you also mention, it is important to eat healthy. You are what you eat, right?

    Thanks for this post about such a relevant topic! 

  5. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. at a point in my life when i lost my mom, depression took over me and it really was not easy, if only i came across articles like this then, i would have overcome easily. this will be of help to many others. thank you

    • hi Benny, sorry to hear about your mom. I hope you are able to cope well by now. If all the ideas I mentioned is not easy for you, you can just do walking. Be it in nature, the night market, or night time road. Just by walking, it can ease you down much better than staying stillness. I wish you a happy 2020! 

Leave a Reply

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap