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Depression Tip #4

Depression Tip #4:

If you’re not on any medication for your depression, you should be taking supplements! I personally decided to not opt for medication when my doctor offered – SSRIs just really don’t agree with me at all. Instead, after a lot of research, I decided to begin taking Tryptophan supplements. Tryptophan is a natural amino acid that your brain needs to produce serotonin – an important brain chemical that helps regulate mood, sleeping patterns, focus, appetite, energy levels etc. The purpose of prescribed SSRI medication is to increase the levels of serotonin in your brain – taking Tryptophan supplements effectively do the same thing!

You should always consult with your doctor before taking any supplements – particularly if you are already on medication. Do NOT take Tryptophan if you are already on prescribed medication related to your mental health – too much serotonin in your system can do a lot more harm than good! 

There are other healthy ways to self-medicate from home – such as taking vitamin D supplements, taking vitamin B complex supplements, using a SAD light or using SAD alarm clock.

Taking supplements really helps me. Just knowing that you’re actively doing something to help yourself feel better feels really good!

– Storm

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Depression Tip #3

Depression Tip #3:

Take a really thorough, long, hot shower. Bathing is something that can become very difficult for those of us with depression – but being unclean just makes us feel even worse! If you’re feeling down and haven’t showered in a while, or even if you have showered recently, almost nothing serves as a better pick-me-up than being clean (at least for me.)

Take the time to give your hair a really good wash and condition. Thoroughly wash your body. Exfoliate and cleanse that beautiful face of yours. When we’re clean, everything feels a bit simpler and easier.

Follow by drying yourself off thoroughly, applying anti-antiperspirant (if you’re like me and anxiety makes you perspire like crazy,) and putting on a clean, warm set of clothes. I personally love to leave a set of clean pyjamas, underwear and socks on the radiator while I shower, so they’re super cosy when it’s time for me to put them on!

– Storm

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Depression Tip #1

Depression tip #1:

Brush your teeth! I know this first one is going to seem overly simple, but it’s something that definitely makes me feel a bit better. If you’ve ever been so down that even brushing your teeth feels like climbing a mountain then trust me, you’re not alone. You’re not disgusting. It’s not your fault. It’s none of anybody else’s business, and it is something you do for yourself.

It’s very easy to get into the thought cycle of “I don’t deserve to take care of my body, why would I take care of myself when I don’t even like myself? Why would I take care of myself when I don’t even care about anything at all in life right now?” I know, it can be really, really difficult.

My first tip is to brush your teeth, because it’s something that will be over and done with REALLY quickly, and is honestly something that will always make you feel a little bit better. Clean your entire mouth – you’re tongue too, and the sensation of having a clean mouth will just make everything feel a little bit less crap.

– Storm

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It’s Time To Beat The Winter Blues.

Sorry guys, this is a pretty depressing post, but this stuff is REAL.

So many of us have to struggle through and deal with mental health problems. Being open with eachother helps to lighten the load!


Ugh… Winter…

If anybody knows me, they know that I absolutely despise this time of the year. I just absolutely hate it. Yeah, there’s Christmas, big deal! Lucky old me happens to live in England, meaning Winter sort of overrules the majority of the other seasons, leaving just a couple of weeks in the Summertime when it is actually warm outside.

I hate the cold, I hate the loss of hours of daylight, I hate how all life outside seems to just DIE. I hate how difficult the Winter makes it for me to go outside and just sit on the grass in a park. I hate how difficult the Winter makes it for me to feel good about how I look – it’s pretty difficult to feel beautiful when you’re wearing 100 layers of clothing! I hate how I always become physically unwell with a disgusting 1-month long flu every Winter. I hate how the hardest work I have to do at College or Uni is always when it’s coldest. I hate how expensive it is to heat a home during the winter, and how waking up is made that much more difficult because who wants to get out of their warm bed to shower when the flat is 10 degrees Celsius in the morning?

But, you know what I hate most about the Winter? How much more difficult it makes it for me to manage my mental health. I Unfortunately, come sunshine or snow, seem to always struggle with mental health problems. Winter just further complicates everything!

The primary source of it all for me I think is depression, so I’m going to actively try to fight it. My intentions are not to cure myself of any mental health problems – that would be fairly unrealistic. I do think that I’m able to manage my mental health better though, and to live a much happier life as a result. I don’t really know what to expect, I just know that I am tired of dealing with this much difficulty in my day to day life, and that I have to at least try to make things better for myself.

If anything I try helps, I’ll do my best to post about it. Maybe it will help someone else too.


– Storm