How to Feel Less Depressed at Home
This pandemic has forced many of us to limit our traveling and spend more time at home. If you’re not used to this setup, you may feel a lot of emotions during this forced isolation. There may be anger for the situation, anxiety for a lot of uncertainties, and sadness for not being able to do what you used to do and be with the people you want to be with.
If you’re more prone to depression, this pandemic may worsen your symptoms and cause a spiral of emotions. Keep that from happening by trying the following strategies:
Follow a daily routine.
A routine helps you maintain some structure and sense of control. Following a routine now will also make it easier for you to transition to your normal/regular routine once everything’s back to normal or close to it.
Start a healthier lifestyle.
Incorporating regular exercise and a healthy diet into your routine can make a lot of difference. Active movement helps stimulate the release of endorphins (also known as your feel-good hormones) while healthy eating habits can keep you from gaining weight, which may make you feel lethargic and unwell.
Stay informed but don’t get too obsessed.
There’s a difference between staying informed and being obsessed with the news. Read recent updates from reliable sources but don’t dig too much about it especially from social media. The latter will not be very helpful and will only cause you more distress.
Learn some relaxation techniques.
Relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep breathing, and meditation may help reduce stress and promote feelings of self-worth and gratitude. These relaxation techniques can also help you with your sleep.
Being in isolation may make it challenging to stay connected with friends and family but find ways to do it, even if you have to do it virtually. Studies have shown that disconnectedness can worsen depression and feelings of worthlessness.
If talking to your loved ones doesn’t help, you may benefit from talking to a specialist. There’s no shame in asking for help. A specialist can help you process your thoughts and feelings and help you find ways to cope with them in a more positive way.