From Kate Spade to Avicii, suicide is burning up the headlines. I have personally dealt with the ups and downs of anxiety and depression throughout my college career. Many people who work in the communications industry deal with more stress than they can handle. Even as a professional, it is important to take time for yourself when the office gets you down.
Depression and anxiety can feel like a dark, lonely place; but you can make every day a little easier by adapting some simple habits. If you are someone who struggles with suicidal thoughts, let this be your sign: you are worth it. Brighter days are ahead. Check out my strategies for being kind to your mental health:
1. Spend time outside (and have fun)
Make sure you are getting enough fresh air and sunlight. This can have a tremendous effect on
your mood. It is easy to get into a rut where you don’t feel like getting out of bed, or you feel too
stressed with work to do anything you enjoy. However, it is essential to keep a balance in your
life between work and play. I recommend taking the time to do the things you love with the
people you love. Don’t forget to celebrate the little things.
2. Take your vitamins
A lot of depression and anxiety symptoms are caused or increased by deficiencies in vitamins
and minerals. Seasonal depression can by caused be a lack of sunlight, so make sure to load up
on vitamin D in the winter! Other supplements that I have taken for mental well-being are St.
John’s Wort, 5-HTP and Omega-3.
3. Talk it out
No matter how hard we try, we’re not meant to go through life alone. Talking to your family or
friends will make you feel less weighed down and controlled by depression. It is also the first
step to reaching out for help. Therapy worked wonders for me and I believe anyone can benefit
from talking with a professional. Additionally, some people may benefit from keeping a journal
and writing their feelings out.
4. Try aromatherapy or meditation
Since beginning college, I have become obsessed with essential oils. Eucalyptus is perfect for
stress and anxiety relief, lavender is sleep-inducing, citrus is energizing, and peppermint will
help with focus. You can put essential oils in your bath, a diffuser, or on your temples.
Meditation, mindfulness, or breathing exercises are some of the best ways to calm your mind and
feel more at peace. Make it easy by downloading the 10% Happier meditation app on your
5. Get moving
Whether it’s hitting the gym or going for a run with friends, getting regular exercise can improve
your physical and mental health. Working out is a healthy coping mechanism to keep your mind
off of stressors. It also releases endorphins that make you feel really good.
6. Don’t forget to sleep
Depression can make you feel fatigued and unable to concentrate. Lack of sleep will worsen
these and many other depression and anxiety symptoms. As a busy college student, I struggle
with this a lot. Check in with yourself to see if you are getting those daily eight hours of rest (and
eight cups of water).
7. Call 800-273-8255
Bottom line — if you feel like giving up the fight, please make the call. There are too many dogs
that need to be petted, too many places you haven't seen, too many people you haven't met, and
too many Jeni's ice cream flavors you have yet to try.
You are worth it, you are loved and you are strong.
I promise you this: the sun never forgets to rise again.
Comment below what meant health strategies encourage you!