Do you struggle with depression and anxiety or know someone who does? Millions of Americans are affected by depression and anxiety every year. This year, perhaps more than any other in recent memory has been a cause for increased depression and anxiety among all different types of people. Most of us are more isolated, working from home, away from friends and family, than ever before. We’re being told to avoid getting together for holidays and can’t even go to the gym in many places. It’s no wonder there are increased reports of depression and anxiety all over the place.
Even though the world is facing many challenges right now, it’s not all doom and gloom. Many people have used the time at home to build businesses, improve their physical health, and reconnect virtually with people they haven’t spoken to in years. People are learning new hobbies and rethinking life in general. Many Americans are moving out of city centers to reconnect with nature and find more space where they can get outside more often.
Whatever your situation is, there are things you can do to cope with depression and anxiety. They aren’t all complex, and many of them can be done starting now. Here are a few ideas on what you can do to combat anxiety and depression in your life.
Maintain Social Connections
Even though it’s hard, you need to work harder than ever to keep people in your life. Whether that means calling friends over Zoom or organizing a group trivia night where you can all get together and vent, that’s what it’s going to take. Chances are, other people are going through similar bouts of anxiety and depression themselves. Dropping in on other people, even virtually, will help lift both of your spirits. People need people now more than ever, and it takes effort, especially when we aren’t around coworkers, friends at the gym, people at church, and other places we interact.
Stay Physically Active
Your physical health feeds right into your mental health. Taking care of your body is one of the best methods to cope with depression and anxiety. Get outside and go for a walk, a run, or whatever you feel comfortable doing. You’ll see an almost instant impact on your mental health. There are plenty of online free workouts on YouTube and other platforms that will walk you through basic exercises at any level. The more you exercise, the better you’ll feel. Staying physically active is a wonderful way to beat back anxiety as well.
The Exciting Potential of Peptides
Semax is a peptide that has been shown to lower the effects of depression in the brain during tests done on mice. Originally developed in Russia, Semax increases levels of BDNF in the brain that helps regulate how the brain reacts to the setting of depression. Semax worked on mice much like other BDNF stimulators and led to lower instances of depression in the test subjects. More research needs to be done with Semax, but initial findings are offering incredible promise.
Get Medical Help
If you’re struggling with depression and anxiety, it’s always a good idea to seek professional treatment. Whether it’s seeing a doctor or a therapist talk about your mental health, they’ll be able to diagnose you and set you on a treatment path that’s appropriate for your situation. These are available online now, and you can get access to them around the clock. This is especially important if you’re dealing with any thoughts of hopelessness, self-harm, suicide, etc. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help! There is a support system out there waiting for you.
Ask for Help from Friends and Family
People are often so busy with their own lives and struggling with their own challenges that they fail to notice the small signs of depression and anxiety in others. When it’s you who is struggling with depression, it’s easy to think about others failing to see what you’re going through and think that they don’t care about you. This is rarely true. Don’t be afraid to let people know you’re down and having a hard time. Most of the time people will spring into action to help you feel better in whatever way they can.