*I am not a doctor! The ideas discussed in this blog post are simply my opinion. They are in no way sponsored by any physician, medical professional other company.*
I struggle with depression and anxiety!
There, I said it! It’s out in the open for all to know.
It’s been so long that I can’t even remember fully when it all started.
I didn’t recognize that I had an issue until well into high school, but it wasn’t until I was in my mid 20’s that I found ways to deal with it.
On my own.
Without prescription medication.
I knew I had a problem, and when I recognized that, I knew I could no longer manage it on my own. I saw several doctors and they all did the same thing… prescribed me drugs. And that’s how I managed my feelings and emotions. For years I took meds that I can’t remember the names of, and probably couldn’t spell if I did remember, and the side-effects were brutal. I didn’t feel sad all the time, but I certainly wasn’t happy either.
Through a lot of trial and error, I found what is right for me and my body.
These are 5 things I do to keep my depression and anxiety in check:
Ten years ago I was having a particularly bad day and needed something to break my negative mood. I was fed-up with taking medications that made me feel lethargic and cranky when they were supposed to make me feel better. So I searched for something alternative.
I remember sitting at my desk through lunch and Google searching alternative methods to treat depression. Then there it was, staring at me in the google search findings, gleaming like a beacon on a foggy coastline. Accupuncture. I made an appointment for that afternoon and it was the best decision I ever made for myself.
Don’t get me wrong, during that first appointment I was in tears from nervousness and questioned every second I was there until the end. But after a long chat with Dr Lee and my first session, I knew things were going to be different for me.
I now visit Dr Lee at least once a month or more if I feel it is needed.
Every other Tuesday my good friend, heck I call her my sister (you can do that when you’ve been friends since you were toddlers) comes to my house and I get a one hour massage. She is a licensed massage therapist and I fully take advantage of that. She only charges me 1/2 of what I would pay going to a spa or a office, and I know her and trust her.
The best part? She comes to my house. My house! I don’t have to drive anywhere. You know when you have a massage and you’re all relaxed and feeling pretty good… and then you have to get in your car and drive yourself home? Ya, The worst! This is so much better.
I bet there are traveling massage therapists in your area, you should go right now and look into it! I promise you won’t regret it.
I’m not usually a vitamin taker. I’ve never liked taking vitamins, especially in the mornings. Seems no matter what vitamin it is I get a queasy stomach after taking them, even with food.
Until I started using the multi-vitamin pack from an essential oil company that doesn’t allow you to use their name in a blog, which is bull sh*t if you ask me… but you didn’t… So no shameless plug for them.
These are the best vitamins I have ever taken.
I have found myself to have more energy.
I don’t get sick to my stomach after I’ve taken them.
I’ve been sleeping better. A little more sleep at night never hurt anyone. This could also be a combination of everything that I am doing, but I’m no doctor so I go with what I feel.
This is a little comparison of my sleep.
You can’t argue with Fitbit Science.
5. Being Open
The biggest struggle I had when dealing with my depression in the beginning was being open about it. I tried to hide it from everyone I knew and loved. I couldn’t imagine them knowing how I felt. I was embarassed for feeling sad and alone, even though I wasn’t sad and alone. It made me feel angry and I often took that out on those I loved the most, but they didn’t understand. Once I was able to open up and voice my thoughts and feelings to my family and friends about what I had been going through, things got better.
I don’t know if they fully understood how I had been feeling, but I know they now understood that I wasn’t taking my frustrations out on them purposefully, but really felt like I had no control over my emotions and feelings. Knowing that my husband, and my friends and family knew where I was coming from made a huge difference in my transformation to becoming the real me.
So there you have it! Thanks to all that, I haven’t taken an anti-depressant in nearly 10 years!
Seriously, If you are sick and tired of feeling depressed, taking medicines that make you feel like crap or take away a part of you just to make you feel somewhat happy; please know that you have other options. If not these, then maybe something else. You don’t have to feel stuck in a rut, you have options other than over the counter medications.
I don’t think I could do it with only one of these things. For me, it is a combination of all of these things. This is the best combination of treatments I have found for me.
If you struggle with depression or anxiety or any other type of mental illness, don’t be ashamed.
You are not alone.