Are you feeling stressed out and overwhelmed? Does it sometimes seem like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, making it hard to even get out of bed in the morning? We hear you.
We know that navigating the challenges of stress and depression makes it hard to find your way back to a place of calm and contentment. That’s why our team of expert mental healthcare providers have put together this list of five tips to help you reduce stress and ease depression.
Whether you’re dealing with a tough day or a more long-term struggle, these tips will help you feel more centered, more in control, and more like yourself again.
1. GET MOVING!
Do you want to reduce stress and feel good both physically and mentally? Exercise is the key.
When you get moving, your body releases endorphins, like little mood-boosting magic potions. Your brain gets a jolt and starts making new connections. And the best part, it doesn’t take much to feel the benefits of movement.
“Even a short walk around the block, a gentle yoga session, or any other physical activity you enjoy can do the trick,” said Jaspreet Takhar, PMHNP at bonmente. “Try cycling, swimming, or dancing if you’re feeling more adventurous. The secret is to make it a regular part of your routine and watch the stress melt away.”
2. DISCONNECT FOR A WHILE.
Thanks to our phones and social media, today’s world is more connected than ever. But sometimes, all this connectivity can add to our stress and anxiety. That’s why it’s important to take some time to disconnect every day. Give yourself a break from your phone and computer, even if it’s just for 30 minutes. Use this time to go for a quick walk, read a book, meditate, or enjoy peace and quiet. You’ll be amazed at how much calmer and more relaxed you feel.
3. AIM FOR BETTER SLEEP.
A lack of sleep can make stress and depression worse, so concentrate on improving the quality and quantity of the ZZZs you’re getting. Stick to a consistent sleep schedule, and avoid screen time before bedtime, as the blue light from electronic devices can disrupt your sleep patterns.
Instead, develop a relaxing bedtime routine, like taking a warm bath or reading a book. Try listening to soothing music or doing some deep breathing exercises. Before you know it, you’ll sleep like a baby, waking up refreshed and ready to tackle anything!
4. EAT BETTER.
Did you know eating a balanced diet can impact your mood and stress levels? You are what you eat, as they say! You feel better physically and mentally when nourishing your body with whole, nutrient-dense foods. On the other hand, filling up on processed junk food and sugary treats can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable, and stressed out.
So, what should you be eating? Add more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to your meals. These foods are packed with everything your body needs to function at its best. Plus, they’re delicious!
5. ASK FOR HELP.
Sometimes, we need extra support to manage our mental health. This may mean offloading some chores on your partner or asking friends for a favor. It may also mean turning to the pros.
Bonmente’s technology-forward psychiatric care makes getting help easy. You can have a virtual appointment with a licensed psychiatric provider at your convenience from anywhere. It’s the perfect solution for those who need mental health support but don’t need another thing stressing them out. Contact us today to learn more!