Mental Health

Dealing With Anxiety and Depression

“You can sound confident and have anxiety… look healthy but feel like shit… look happy and be miserable inside. You can be good looking and feel ugly.”

Depression, self-confidence, self-love, happiness, etc. are things so many people deal with but aren’t ready to talk about. Being someone who has struggled with a handful of all of these things I know. There have been so many times when I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep going and wanted to give up. Times where I felt alone and so far gone and just isolated myself because I felt like no one cared. What you see isn’t always what things are like behind closed doors. I never thought I would be someone to share my story, but sometimes hearing that others struggle with things that you do is what someone needs to get the help that they need. For those struggling with mental health right now, know that things will get better and you’re not alone. And for those who aren’t be kind to those who are because you never know what someone is battling.

Not too long I made a post on instagram using the text above. Being someone who struggles with severe anxiety and depression regularly I felt I needed to speak up to help others. Quarantine has been a very difficult time for me. Dealing with depression and anxiety are very difficult for me, and both have forced me to come up with coping mechanisms to get through hard times like now. Personally, I know many people who struggle with depression and anxiety as well, so I thought sharing my own coping mechanisms could help others.

Coping Mechanisms

  • Coloring
  • FaceTime loved ones
  • Crossword searches
  • Yoga
  • Reading
  • Puzzles
  • Exercise

If you’re looking for a way to get started with exercise feel free to visit my healthy lifestyle section and read my posts about working out! kierracollier.com/healthy-lifestyle/kifitness/stay-in-shape-live-a-healthy-lifestyle-from-home/)

Maggy

Most recently I have been struggling with my depression and anxiety more than usual due to the uncertainty of things going on in the world. My newest coping mechanism to help me stay positive is my new puppy MAGGY! Maggy is about 7 weeks old now. She is a lab pit terrier and akita mix. While taking care of a dog is a lot of work, Maggy helps keep my mood up in moments when I feel alone. I added a picture of her for you guys to see too!

Reaching Out

I know reaching out is not the easiest step to take. I hope that this encourages someone to reach out to someone whether it’s a friend, parent, coach, etc. If not, here are a couple links to some additional help for dealing with depression and anxiety. These are NOT solutions to depression and anxiety. However, they are suggestions that can be taken. Seeking professional help is highly suggested!

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/coping-with-depression.htm https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/how-to-fight-depression

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