My depression did not clear up overnight. It was and still is an evolving process that takes hard work and dedication on my part. It is something I will need to work on for the rest of my life.
It is important for me to have a structure or a set of tools to keep me focused on maintaining my mental health, so with the help of my therapist and life coach we have devised strategies to keep me aligned and in check.
I meditate at least two times a day. I do it in the morning when I first wake up to set the tone for the day and at night, before I go to bed, to help me fall asleep. My morning meditation consists of affirmations that play in the background so that I am hearing positive words that speak to me. The nighttime meditation helps me unwind my mind and within minutes I am asleep. It also helps me stay asleep throughout the night.
I find getting out in nature is really important, especially after being in my office all day. If possible, I take some calls on my back deck so that I can get some fresh air and some vitamin D. My husband and I like to take walks at night to unwind and talk. It is a perfect way to end the day.
Since I wake up before the kids, I have created an area in my home where I can do my meditation, workout, journaling, devotional, quiet time, and my prayer time. Working out is very important to me and my mental health. I aim to workout at least 5 days a week. Not only does it keep me in phyisical shape, but it also helps keep my in good mental shape.
Each morning and evening, I practice a self-care. I take good care of my body with a healthy skincare routine. Besides self-care, I eat healthily. I believe it is important to nourish our bodies with healthy food. I also drink plenty of water each day.
Journaling is an effective tool. I do this every day. There are days I journal whatever comes from my mind and there are days I use prompts. It really does not matter, It just helps me get my thought down on paper. Plus, it allows me not to hold onto the past. Holding onto the past can be destructive. I believe in living in the present.
Regardless if you have a mental illness or just struggling with bouts of depression, I hope these tools help you.
Let me know which ones resonate with you!