Depression: Life Feels Gloomy or Overwhelmed
Does life feel gloomy or overwhelming at times?
Here are some strategies you can apply to help with symptoms of depression:
- Stick to a regular sleep routine and sleep schedule.
- Do your best to keep your work-life and home-life separated.
- If this isn’t possible, then at least try to schedule uninterrupted time where you can focus on your personal life without thinking about work.
- Make time for a healthy hobby that makes you feel good.
- Exercising three days a week for 30 minutes decreases symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Stay connected with your loved ones.
- Find ways to help other such as helping an elderly neighbour or volunteering at a pet shelter.
- Join an online support group.
- You don’t have to do everything on your own. it’s okay to ask for help.
- Even though it may feel hard sometimes, train your mind to look at all the blessings that you have in your life.
- Appreciate the small “wins”.
- If you get stuck on a thought, take some time to challenge it and see beyond its limitations…For example, what would you tell your best friend if they had this same thought, or could you find any evidence against this thought?
Sometimes thoughts and feelings can become overwhelming…
Writing down your thoughts can help bring clarity to them, and gives them a safe space to be rather than taking up room in your head.
If you are struggling, then please know that there is no shame in reaching out to a professional for help.
1 in 5 adult Canadians screened positive for at least one of these mental health disorders:
There is hope! Please don’t give up!
Search online for local mental health support services or call Trafalgar at: 1-855-972-9760
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital.