How to Cope with Anxiety and Depression

Flowers-538x218Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health concerns in our society. While overcoming depression isn’t actually easy, it’s far from impossible. These strategies will help you cope when you’re feeling anxious or stressed.

Get moving

When you’re depressed or anxious, exercise is often the last thing you want to do. But studies suggest that depression symptoms often improve with exercise.

Not only does regular exercise reduce the likelihood of heart disease, it can also help boost your confidence, improve your relationships and help lift your mood. You don’t need to engage in vigorous exercises in order to enjoy these benefits. Even a 15-minute walk can trigger the release of chemicals in the body that can help your relax and make you feel good. If you haven’t exercised for a while, now may be the right time to start.

Stop obsessing about other people

Comparing yourself to others may sometimes motivate us to work harder. But oftentimes, it makes us feel less or inadequate. Instead of wasting your time obsessing about other people’s lives, try to focus on your own life, your own betterment and yourself. The friend or neighbor you envy for their huge hours or fancy car has just as many problems as you.

Stay in touch

Being around people will make you feel less depressed. Keep in touch with your family or friends. Talk to them and ask for the support you need. Talk to them and share what you’re going through. This might not be able resolve your issues, but it can help lighten your burden.

Seek professional help

If the symptoms are severe enough that they start affecting your daily activities or interfere with your ability to function normally on a daily basis, then you need to seek professional help. Speak with a therapist, psychiatrist or other healthcare professional. With the right treatment, you can find relief from both.