When I begin feeling like I am falling into a depressive episode I have to take actions to make sure that I don’t fall too deep. I have allowed myself to fall too deep in the past and know that it is not something that I want to live through again. Sometimes I can just acknowledge what I’m feeling and can pull myself out of the episode. Other times I can see what is going on but keep falling. This is such a difficult position for me to be in because I know that something is wrong but no matter what I do it doesn’t seem to help.
I began falling into an episode a few weeks ago. It was brought on by the stresses of work, school, and CPA certification issues. I was just feeling overwhelmed with everything in life and wasn’t as diligent as I should have been with my mental hygiene and my mindfulness practices. I am finally starting to be pulled out of my episode due to some of the stresses being lessened and being more diligent with my mental hygiene.
One of the most effective mental hygiene activities I participate in is my 5 Things I Like About Myself Today exercise. This exercise takes between 5 and 15 minutes depending on what kind of day I am having. When I do this exercise I always try to come up with things that aren’t superficial unless I’m feeling specifically upset about my appearance. I did this exercise the other day and came up with the following list:
- I am trying really hard to be healthier and more positive. I have been doing more yoga and going to Pilates classes. This is in an effort to start focusing on my physical health again.
- I’m there for people who need me even when I’m having a rough time.
- I try to help others and make their lives a little easier, especially when I know that their love language is acts of service.
- I haven’t given up yet.
- I have been putting a lot of effort into teaching and feel like I am doing well.
These 5 things help me get through the day and have something positive to focus on. What are 5 things you like about yourself today? Are there any tricks you use to help when you start to fall into a depressive episode? Leave your comments in the section below!