I want to keep this short and sweet because to be honest if I dive too deep into this topic-  I don’t know if I will be able to get out of the figurative hole I dig.

I struggle with Depression and Anxiety. I know it’s extremely common these days but that doesn’t make it easier when you are dealing with it.

I’ve struggled with Depression since high school, mostly after my dad died I started a downward spiral of sadness. I didn’t understand that it was grief just making its way to the surface. My mom also informed me that my dad struggled with Depression and that it was hereditary.

I wanted to write this post as an open letter. An open letter to anyone struggling with Depression or Anxiety, to be reminded that is okay. It is okay to not be okay! 

Ask For Help

If you are struggling and can’t see a way out, then you need to ask for help. If you are on the opposite side and you start noticing someone not quite as outgoing as they normally are, or saying no to leaving their house, or becoming lazy… pay attention to those signs. Pay attention to the cries for help because not everyone verbally asks for it. Basically,  just be a considerate human being.

I’m sharing below my top few tips to help get a handle on Depression and Anxiety. These may not work for everyone but they work for me! (most days)

My Tips:

  1. CBD Oil – My friend Tori, got me on this one. It’s been pretty incredible for me. It is just the cannabis oil from marijuana, you will not get high because there is no THC. It is diluted with a carrier oil, such as hemp. via Healthline. There are few places you can get it but it’s best to order from a health professional.
  2. Workout – Running works best for me. It is the only thing that keeps me in shape and helps my anxiety subside. Exercise produces endorphins, people! We all know this.
  3. Talk to a friend that actually listens – We all need a friend that JUST listens. Someone that you can vent to that will just be there and offer support and comfort. Not someone that offers advice but someone that says, “take a breath.” For me this is Rick, my mom, or my best friend, Jenna.
  4. Stay busy – For me, social media causes waves and waves of anxiety and sadness. I try to stay off my phone and focus on work, or the people around me, or chores/errands.
  5. Pamper yourself – You can’t take care of other people if you don’t take care of yourself. Get your nails done, get a massage, etc. I promise you will instantly feel less sad or anxious if you feel good about yourself.
  6. Talk to God – Talk to him! I feel 100% better when I talk to God and pray and tell him the struggles weighing on my heart. He can equip you with the strength you need and calm your mind.

Again, these are some of the things that work for me. If any of you are struggling, please reach out to a loved one.

I hope you all make it a great day!

XO, JB

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