Do you find yourself suffering from depression or anxiety (or both) all year round? With life moving at an ever-increasing pace, mental health is crucially important. It unlocks creativity, joy and happiness. It lets us life a fulfilling life. Anxiety and depression are two things that can significantly affect your mental health and prevent you from living a long life.
If you’re a creative girl who can’t survive in the world full of so-called slim and happy girls on Instagram, and so-called successful women on Facebook, you are not alone. Almost every creative and out-of-the-box girl has trouble following the crowd. She lives in her own world, but there’s always someone who’s ready to destroy that world. Forget the crowd, stop the negative self-talk, and instead, set and achieve these goals:
1. Don’t get stuck thinking you’re strange
This is a lesson you should learn in 2016 and remember your entire life. You may be crazy, weird, shy, bold, whoever, but everything is okay with you. You’re gorgeously unique, creative and extraordinary girl that the world literally craves. There are so many people that follow the crowd and stick to the rules others create that it’s hard to find at least one amazingly unique person.
Don’t spew hate at yourself and stop feeling depressed every time you see an ordinary girl. You were not born feeling this way. You were born feeling happy. It’s time to embrace yourself. It’s time to remove depression from your life. And, finally, it’s time to start enjoying yourself the way you are.
2. Embrace new feelings with joy
Creative girls who suffer from anxiety or depression tend to be afraid of new feelings. Life is full of new feelings. Running away from them will make you feel even worse than ever. In 2016, learn how to embrace each new feeling with joy, not sadness.
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3. Learn to calm down naturally
That glass of wine or bourbon will never help you with the sadness or hard day. Maybe it will, but temporarily. In my early 20s, I had a habit of getting drunk in order to get rid of negative thoughts, ease my anxiety attacks and relieve depression. There were drugs and medications as well.
Now that I’m in my early 30s, I do realize how stupid I was. I refused to love myself the way I was. I thought I didn’t deserve to be happy. Those thoughts made me turn to and rely on chemicals to fell better. If this sounds familiar to you, don’t follow my example. Learn to calm down and relieve your anxiety attacks naturally. Meditation, yoga, coloring books, walking, and running are all great options to consider.
4. Don’t let the past dictate your future
Girls who suffer from depression or anxiety have complicated relationships with the past. When ordinary girls keep moving forward, “strange” girls continue living in the past. Sure, you will never forget your mistakes and failures. It’s your nature. The only thing you can do is to let your past experiences stay in the past.
5. Get in the game
Did you ever want to defend your coworker or sibling but couldn’t do it because of your insecurities? Are you afraid to speak up because you know you won’t stop overthinking your speech after that? Stop hiding, girl. Get in the game. When you feel you need to speak up, do it. People should know your point of view and must respect it. They should know that you are brave enough to say whatever you wanna say.
6. Be the real you
If someone doesn’t accept you the way you are, it’s their problem, not yours. This year, aim to become the real you and stay yourself in every situation. Girls suffering from depression or anxiety like to live ‘another’ lives on social media. While it’s tempting to live 2 different lives, you risk losing your true self. Be the real you online and in real life. This is a quick way to reduce stress, anxiety and depression today.
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7. Start a gratitude journal
It already sounds like a cliche, but keeping a gratitude journal is absolutely good for mental health. Every girl who suffers from depression, anxiety and overthinking should definitely start a gratitude journal. When your life gets difficult or you can’t cope with your unexpected sadness, your gratitude journal will remind you of your positive traits, deeds, experiences, people, and things you are thankful for and cherish.
Perhaps you’ve already set your own goals, but it’s never too late to add a few ones to your list. Do you have a trick or tip to reduce anxiety or get rid of depression in the new year? Let me know about your tried and tested tips.