I have spoken before about my constant battle with stress and anxiety. This is a real thing that some people just do not understand. I don’t think that I have it super bad, but I know some people do. I get stressed about cleaning, MONEY, work, if I am doing the right things for my kids….the list goes on and on and on and on…… The stress and anxiety have gotten so bad that I was unable to really function. I was not happy at home…I REALLY wasn’t happy at work. When I was at home I would completely ignore things that needed to be done as far as housework goes. I couldn’t do it all so I just didn’t do any of it.
This is an ongoing battle for me and for others. Aside from medication (which I recommend if you need it….don’t let the stigmatism around mental health prevent you from being healthy and happy), I have searched for other ways to relieve some of this stress and anxiety. I have joined a Facebook group, started eating healthier and working out more frequently (still not as often as I should), yoga and meditation and reading some books.
“I couldn’t do it all so I just didn’t do any of it.”
The first book I have read is called 21 Ways to a Happier Depression. It has some interesting ideas on how to deal with anxiety, stress, and depression, like trying your hand at painting, or writing a letter to someone who has touched your life in some way whether it is your favorite artist or baseball player or even an elementary school teacher. This book is written by Clinical Psychologist, Seth Swirsky and are things that he not only uses himself but recommends to his clients.
If you are thinking, “I don’t have time to read!” Then this book is literally for you. It is a quick and simple read. You will have a sense of accomplishment when you finish reading it. I read half of it in one day and I have a 4 year old and 1 year old. You can totally knock this book out in a couple days and then you can start putting some of these into practice and really start to feel less stress and be happy again.