Putting one foot in front of the other
I have been struggling with anxiety and depression for years. Sometimes it feels like it is never-ending, but I look back, and I am reminded how far I have come. If you are struggling, I am writing this to hopefully show you that there is light at the end of this dark tunnel. To put one foot in front of the other means to keep moving no matter what obstacles try and trip you up. Just because you have a bad day does not mean all of your progress is gone. Below are some things to remind you of:
Sometimes we need a day to mope around. It is okay to have those days and take time off to rest or do something mindless such as binge-watching a Netflix show or listening to a random podcast. We may have those days, but we pick up the next day and keep things moving.
Finding something you are passionate about is healing. It gives you something to put sad and anxious energy into on days where you can’t see the light. I encourage anyone to find something they enjoy doing. It can be sports, the gym, volunteering, crafts, cooking, anything else that is interesting and fun for you to get something positive out of it.
Make a list at the end of each day of good things that you did or that happened. It may have been the worst day ever, but you may have a few things in mind that made you smile or laugh at one moment or another, even if it is writing down that you made your bed. Days that you may feel you lacked productivity does not make you worthless. How much work you do in one day does not define the person you are. It is not a setback to have an off day—Pat yourself on the back.
Adequate nutrition and moving your body are so important. I have struggled with both of these things for a long time. There are some days where depression will keep you in bed. Some days, you have no appetite, and then other days where you binge eat your emotions. I understand all of the above. But know that you deserve to eat well because food is fuel. Even just getting a walk-in on top of that is great. Go hiking with a friend or try something new, like going to a spin class. Mental health and physical health go together.
Keep seeking the light in the dark. Know that you are worthy and loved. No matter what your mind keeps telling you, keep putting one foot in front of the other.
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