It’s no secret that when you’re feeling low or are in a state of depression, there are a multitude of things that can make it better or worse. Of course I’m not saying that a bubble bath and a cup of tea can cure your depression or change the way you feel but there are small little things that can make the day a bit more bearable in that moment.
And there are, of course, things that have the complete opposite effect. Indulging in too many of the things on this list can definitely make your depression worse – at least it does for me. And 2022 has not been the kindest on my mental health so far, so I’ve certainly had to take of what I’m doing and consuming, to ensure it doesn’t get any worse.
Whether you’re going through a period of low mood or you’re in a full-on state of depression (regardless if you’re officially diagnosed or not, I certainly don’t think it’s vital to be diagnosed by a doctor. I’m not but I know I’m suffering with depression), eliminating the things on this list to varying degrees will definitely help.
Of course, this isn’t going to cure you. But like I said earlier, it’s all about making the day a little more bearable in that moment. And if avoiding something you know is probably going to make you spiral even further, then it’s all worth it, in my opinion.
Here are 8 things you should avoid if you’re feeling low or depressed:
This is a really difficult one because we all know that simply removing toxic people from our lives isn’t as easy as people pretend it is. Which is why I prefer to manage relationships with those I don’t align with, rather than saying you should remove them from your life completely.
But when you’re in a low mood, there are always going to be people who make it worse and it’s usually unintentional. If this is the case, you might want to limit the amount you see or speak to them and ensure you have a self care ritual or self care kit in practice for after you spend time with them to help you decompress.
Making big decisions when you’re not in the right headspace is REALLY tough. Sometimes it’s unavoidable but if it is, then I think you should hold off of making big decisions until you’re feeling a bit better.
The way we’re feeling can really skew our perception of things, so chances are, you’re much more likely to make the completely wrong choice for you, when you really didn’t mean to.
The news this year (actually, over the last 2.5 years) has been absolutely grim. It’s heartbreak, after tragedy, after alarming story. It’s no wonder so many people feel on edge. When you’re in a particularly vulnerable frame of mind, it’s definitely worth limiting your news intake.
You might want to consider downloading the Charlie app, that I spoke about on my blog in this post about how to consume the news in a healthier way. It’s already helped so many people establish a healthier relationship with their news intake habits!
Alcohol is a depressant. So you REALLY want to avoid it when you’re already feeling low or depressed. Which is difficult, for sure. But even cutting down will make a difference.
Alcohol slows down coordination and a person’s ability to react and concentrate. Although in small doses, it can help you feel relaxed in the moment, once the effects wear off, you’ll find your mood even lower.
We all need to learn how to use social media in a healthier way, whether we’re depressed or not. But I know from my own experience that social media can sky-rocket how I’m feeling and make me go from being in a mildly bad mood to full-blown depression fairly quickly.
There are so many reasons to avoid social media when you’re feeling low. It’s difficult if you’re a full-time blogger or you work online but there are always things you can do to help, like setting screen limits or muting certain phrases.
Lack of movement
I know that when we’re feeling so low, sometimes the LAST thing you want to do is get out of bed, let alone exercise. But you know the drill, it’s proven that exercise and movement can improve you mood – at least a little bit.
We just simply can’t sweep how we’re feeling under the rug for too long. It’s a disservice to ourselves to not prioritize our self care and mental health.
Not eating the cake
And finally, not eating the cake. By this I simply mean not doing the little things that you love and that bring you small moments of joy. So forget about calories, if you want to eat that yummy cake then freaking EAT IT.
Of course it goes without saying that all of these points are only valid if you feeling mentally able to do them. Sometimes our mood is so low or we’re so depressed, that simply getting up, brushing our teeth and having breakfast is enough to take it out of us. So if you’re able to go a little more exercise or do something you enjoy, great! If not, please seek the help you need and deserve.
What would you recommend avoiding when you feel low or depressed? Do avoiding any of these things help you? Let me know!
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