Soap Box

Keys to Preventing a Depressed Period

I don’t want to diminish the seriousness of depression with these suggestions because the real solutions to conquering this chronic illness, like any chronic illness, is by talking to a medical professional and figuring out what works best for you—usually through some form of therapy or prescription regime. That being said, I have gotten better at noticing in myself when the cycle of depression is starting to turn, and these simple steps are helpful for me at stopping that in their tracks.

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Wash your face— Washing your face serves as an incredibly powerful metaphor for rinsing off any negative thoughts in your morning routine. The process of washing your face is a strategy of self-love, self-care and afterward, it can help me feel lighter and refreshed. After washing my face, I like to put on a mild face lotion mixed with a drop of lavender essence. The lavender will help reduce redness, but the scent will help reduce stress and anxiety through the day. I actually wear lavender during the day on my wrists as a perfume; I bring my hands up to my nose and take a big whiff when I get overwhelmed.

Get Dressed—When you are feeling depressed, the mission of getting dressed may sometimes be the hardest. I do a lot of work from home, which sometimes means I won’t have a reason to leave the house and don’t see a purpose in putting on real clothes. This generally makes me feel more inclined to lay in bed and watch too many Facebook videos and then when the sun sets I feel disappointed in myself for not accomplishing enough. By just changing out of my beaten up sweatpants once I wake up, I can feel like the day has a real purpose.

Drink a glass of water—Okay, this one I struggle with the most. Drinking water seems like the simplest tool to beat a crippling a bout of depression, but for some reason, it is often the most difficult for me. Depression is a side effect of dehydration. My depressed mind often fights away water, out of punishment or fear that it will make me weak, but water is such a great thing for your body and by depriving it of that you are only making the depression stronger.

Exercise—A short jog or mini-long-board-practice-sesh is all it takes sometimes to drain that pent up energy before it becomes incredibly anxious and negative energy. Here is a link to one of my favorite workout videos because they are fairly easy full body work outs that can be done at home without any equipment.

Like I said, this is the list of things that work for me but it doesn’t mean it works for everyone.

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