If you're a human, then you have most probably had to deal with low moods and feeling depressed at some point in your life. Sometimes these chapters can pass quickly or may linger and be intermittent. They can be caused by all sorts of life circumstances and sometimes, you may not even be able to pin point your finger on the cause. Whatever your situation, today i'll share with you some practical self-help tips that can help you through your hard times. They may not fix everything, but can certainly help.
Essential oils are my absolute best friends. They're amazing and can have great effects on your nervouse system and your mood. My favourite ones for low mood and anxiety have to be Frankincense and Vetiver!
Frankincense with its sweetish, spicy frangrance calms you and uplifts you at the same time. It helps you to re-focus.
Vetiver has a deep, heavy scent with a slight sweetness to it. It's great for when you can't sleep because there are 101 thoughts racing through your mind. It helps with those overwhelming times.
If you can, invest in a little diffuser so can blend and burn the essential oils that suit you.
Lemon Balm Herbal Tea
Lemon Balm, also nicknamed the happy herb is great for anxiety and depression. While the act of drinking a nice hot cup of tea, is soothing in and of itself, the constituents in lemon balm can help contribute to uplifting your mood. Invest in a little tea ball and always have a little bag of lemon balm herb at work or home.
It's important to take some time to yourself as often as you can. Find something to do that makes you happy, calms you down and just makes you feel pleasent. People often find their creative side here. It has to be far from work-related though, and not something that you 'HAVE TO' complete. I've found that I love to colour. I've got an Anatomy and Physiology colouring book that I've had since med school, which is pretty great (geeky, i know) and recently I was given a beautiful colouring book that has various intricate designs and i love it!
Find your thing, and take sometime to do it, especially when you're feeling low.
I've recently started exercising regularly and I love it. Exercise is great for your mood! It helps you to release a lot of negative emotions and allows the release of some feel-good chemicals. It's also great to keep you in shape, and makes you feel happier when you start seeing results (win :-)).
Look After Yourself
When you're feeling a little down, sometimes you might have a tendency to stop looking after yourself. For example, start eating things that you know are no good for you, or not eating at all. Be careful not to fall into this trap as it's a downward spiral and won't help the problem, but just contribute to your feeling of crapiness. Try to get enough sleep, eat enough fruit and vegetables, and try not to rebel against the morals you've set for yourself in the past. Stay true to your body :).
A Trusting Ear & Heart
When you feel depressed, you have a natural tendency to shut people out and withdraw from the society of others. I'm not saying you should immerse yourself in a crowd, but make sure to always have that one person that you can speak to and that you fully trust. This person should be able to give you a loving ear, even if no direct advice is given. They should have your best interests at heart and give good advice where they can. Sometimes, even if you don't know the reason why you're feeling low this release can be really helpful <3
It's important to have a firm foundation. Something that tells you that all will be well, and that whatever emotions you feel, or however gloomy the future looks, that these emotions will soon pass, and that your firm foundation will always be true. My firm foundation is my faith in God. His word tells me that everything works for the good of His people, and that trials shape your character :).