If you are struggling with depression or anxiety, one of the first steps is to identify your methods of self-care. There are endless ways to look after yourself, and everyone has their preferences, but when depression weighs heavily, or anxiety burns through our every vein, we can forget even the most basic things.
You could ask someone to help you to make a list of all the potential ways people can exercise self-care. I have my own list of self-care items, and reading fiction and drinking hot chocolate are just two.
Once you have brainstormed as many different methods of self-care as possible, choose the ones you want to appear on your own list. Which one are you going to choose for today? And when are you going to do it? When I finish this blog post I am going to give myself a small amount of time to lose myself in a Margaret Atwood novel.
Depression or anxiety is difficult to manage alone. So if you need to speak to a trained professional, call me today on (201) 779-6917
Chris Warren-Dickins LPC
Psychotherapist in Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey
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