5 Items That Help Me Manage My Depression Daily

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These five things always come in handy!

Items That Help Me Manage My Depression

I was diagnosed with depression six years ago.

Though it was a long time coming, that didn't make my prognosis any easier to deal with. It was rough at first. I didn't want to deal with the mental health illness, choosing to stay inside buried deep under my comforter for protection from the outside world and myself.

Eventually I started going to therapy (aka staring bleakly out a window as my therapist counted down the minutes till our session was over) and was put on antidepressants (aka meds I rarely ever took, because I felt like a failure for needing them). Only a month or so into this routine, I gave up. Neither did anything for me and I was content trying to piece my life back together on my own, in between napping and binging anything I could find on Netflix.

One day, the clouds disappeared and I could see the sun again. It was then I knew I had to do something. Hibernating until I was "better" wasn't the way to go about this. If I wanted to manage my depression, I would need to put in the effort. Just as quickly as this epiphany happened, the clouds came rolling back into my life, though less darker than before.

From that moment on, I put in the effort to finding things that helped me better manage my depression on the daily. Some things worked instantly, some took time, and a select few withstood the test of time. Discover what those items are by scrolling below now!

St. John's Wort

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Taking antidepressants didn't work out for me, but I knew I needed something to help me. So I did my research and came across St. John's Wort, a dietary supplement prescribed to those with depression. I talked to my doctor about it (and you should talk to yours, too) and he gave me the go ahead to try out the medicine. It took a little while for it to noticeably change my outlook, but once it did, I never stopped purchasing this bottle from Whole Foods. The only reason I chose this one was because it's vegan. If you're not vegan, then you can find plenty options of St. John's Wort online.

A Journal

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I can't live without a journal. When I was first diagnosed with depression, I started using it to write about my feelings, so I didn't write a lot. I ended up drawing pictures or just scribbling pages until they were covered with black ink. On my journey to better manage my depression, it did become a handy tool. I started taking journaling more seriously and now I can't get enough of it. At the end of every day, I write. Even if it's just a paragraph, a sentence, or a word, I put my sentiments onto that page. It sounds silly, but it really does help.

Essential Oil Diffuser

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Essential oils aren't a cure for depression, nor is there much evidence available to suggest they do anything for the mental illness, but they've helped me immensely. I'll turn on my diffuser the second I get home and once it gets going, it'll pull me out of any funk. I especially love the lavender essential oil and I'll even keep it with me on days I need a whiff of the calming scent. Doing so keeps me at peace when everything around me feels as though it's falling apart.

Tiger's Eye Crystal

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I've always been intrigued by more metaphysical and holistic healing methods, mainly because I'm a Sagittarius and naturally curios. One method that always stuck out to me was using crystals. When I received my first stone many years ago, I developed a deep interest in the healing gems. From then on, I'd get a crystal whenever I needed extra aid in my life.

After being diagnosed with depression, I turned to the powerful gems once again for guidance. I found Tiger's Eye to be the one that helped me the most. In fact, I always carry one with me wherever I go. It helps protect against negative energy, something depression brings, and works to increase feelings of self-worth and self-love. Tiger's Eye might not be the one for you, but you could always do some research to find a crystal that's best fitting for your needs.

A Flannel

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I have a few flannels in my closet, but one in particular really helps me get through the day. I bought it from a thrift store in Long Beach and the moment I put it on, I felt safe and secure. I don't wear it all the time, nor do I keep it on my, but I do throw it on during days I don't feel great. It's that added sense of surety it brings that offers me peace of mind to get through any day, no matter how difficult it'll be.

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