If you are a blogger or online business owner, you know all too well that staring at a screen all day can end up producing a lot of negative emotions + habits. I decided to write this blog post because I have heard this mentioned several times in the blogging community and being a business owner, I can’t imagine this not being a problem in the online small business world as well. Bottom line: sitting in front of a computer can get depressing. My work days consist of at least 10 hours in front of the computer every day. It sounds crazy but starting a business is definitely not for the weak. It takes a lot of work and a lot of dull hours staring at a screen. This can get tiresome after a while and lead to anxiety/depression problems. Especially for extroverts who tend to thrive around other people, online interactions do not provide the fulfillment that face to face interactions do. I’m one of those crazy extroverts so if you are too, I feel ya.
There have been multiple studies done on the cause of anxiety + depression and how this relates to being on the computer for extended periods of time. I definitely think these two correlate! After being involved in the discussions revolving around this issue I put together 16 remedies that help put anxiety + depression to rest. These tools are awesome ways to conquer this struggle in your life for all you blogger + biz owners out there!
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1 | MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS
Depression is real. There are some nutrient deficiencies that actually cause depression and I want to make sure you do not avoid them:
• Omega-3 Fatty acids
• Vitamin D
• Vitamin B Complex
• Amino Acids
All ten of these nutrients are fantastic. Going to your local store and picking up a supplement that includes these nutrients is a product you may want to consider purchasing! If you seem to be feeling down more frequently, try taking Saint John’s Wort which specifically targets minor depression.
2 | CASHEWS EQUATE TO PROZAC. WHAT?
I know. I sound crazy but it is true. I first heard this from one of my counselors a few years ago but I recently researched this fact on Google and found many agreeing with this statement! Just take two handfuls of cashews and chew away. This is the equivalent of one dose of Prozac!
3 | TAKE A SHOWER OR BATH
One of my best friends from college found that taking a shower really helped calm her anxiety down. Whenever you start to feel anxious, draw yourself some bath water and use the smell good bubble soap. I do not know what it is about that bubble soap but it makes me so happy.
4 | STAY AWAY FROM JUNK FOOD
Oh gosh, I know. This is so difficult. When I get really down about myself the first thing I want is blue bunny chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. Junk food is terrible for your body though and slows down your day. If you are anything like me, nap time is right around the corner after snacking on some unhealthy food. Napping is not productive. Eat things that boost your energy and make you want to be more efficient! I am not sure what it is but getting things done and checking off some tasks on a to-do list is a mood booster.
5 | ESSENTIAL OILS
One of my college friends is an essential oil guru. She asked for essential oils as her college graduation present so she could invest hundreds of dollars into tiny bottles that are stored in her medicine cabinet. There are so many helpful uses for essential oils!
• This is a blend of wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, clementine, vanilla bean absolute, spruce, ho wood, frankincense resin, blue tansy and blue chamomile flower in an organic liquid coconut oil base. This helps with anxiety!
• Bergamot, an essential oil that is specifically for relieving tension and stress (which I know you have stress!)
Go check out other essential oils that help with anxiety + depression because finding natural ways to help these issues is much better than taking foreign chemicals and paying prescriptions to doctors!
6 | DEEP BREATHS ACTUALLY WORK
I catch myself breathing the wrong way almost every day. Deep breaths are key. Breathe in, breathe out, breathe slowly.
7 | POSITIVITY ACTUALLY GOES A LONG WAY
Positivity has a major impact on mental health. The habit of being positive and choosing to not be negative should be a daily goal for everyone! It is incredible how much brighter everything is around you. Instead of getting down on yourself, look in the mirror and shout out five things that you loooove about none other than you! Pray for those that bring you down. Make it a habit to be positive, no matter how tough the circumstance is. The consequence of this mindset is overwhelmingly fantastic and is a huge contributor to keeping anxiety + depression away.
8 | MEDITATE
Becoming aware of your thoughts by meditating in silence. This may seem a little weird to some or you may be thinking of some religious thing where people cross their legs and “hum.” But honestly, meditation can be just sitting in silence with your eyes closed while you get in touch with your inner peace. For some, meditation is essential to their day. Honestly, I do not meditate (but probably should) just because I had never heard of this practice before until one of my friends talked about it a year ago. There are several different ways to meditate so choose the avenue that is best for you!
9 | EXERCISE ROUTINE
Get in a schedule of exercising regularly. A good workout releases endorphins that make you happy. So if you want to be happy, get your butt movin’! This one is so hard for me but it is amazing at how different I feel comparing a week without exercise to a week where I exercised 30 minutes a day. Just this little schedule change makes a large impact!
10 | LIMIT SOCIAL MEDIA
This was huge for me. By limiting the amount of time I spend on social media I became a much happier person. Since I am a blogger and business owner, social media is integrated in my marketing plan. Plus, I love interacting with my followers and learning more about their lives! However I have started using social media scheduling platforms at the beginning of every week and the amount of time that this frees up is great, but the amount of stress that is reduced is even greater. This may be something to think about for your own blog or biz!
11 | GET RID OF CAFFEINE
I’m not big on caffeine but I know so many are. Of course, you are simply reading tips that can help reduce anxiety + depression so feel free to avoid whichever tip you feel like (including this one!). I have heard that caffeine does not help with anxiety or depression. Some may argue that if you take their caffeine away they will fall into a deep depression. I can’t argue that point so I won’t even bother trying!
12 | EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL
Research the causes of anxiety and depression. Dig deep about the root of how you are feeling and what may have triggered these feelings. Instead of going off of assumptions, be able to treat your problem effectively. By educating yourself, you not only learn so much more about what you are dealing with but how to help yourself! This is a very great idea because so many just self-diagnose themselves with depression and then mope around when there are a number of ways that will actually improve your status.
13 | REFLEXOLOGY
There are reflex points on your wrist, palm of your hand, nails, and feet. Touching these reflex points is supposed to reduce anxiety! Definitely a neat idea and worth trying out.
14 | SLEEP
I’m all about my sleep. And when I start working on my business + blog late into the night (which means working 13 hours in one day with no stopping) I get cranky. My emotions start to become a tad more dramatized and I react a lot quicker to annoyances than I should. Sleep is for the weak? No, sleep is for the mentally strong. So go to bed and make sure you are getting the best quality sleep you can possibly get.
15 | KNOW WHAT TRIGGERS YOU
There are certain triggers for me that I know to stay away from. Make a mental note of each trigger as soon as it happens then write it down. If it is a certain type of music, the mention of a name or specific word, etc. then try to steer yourself in the other direction if any of these things appear out of nowhere. Whenever a trigger of yours does appear, however, use this as a learning opportunity for coping. When you start looking at the appearance of a trigger as a challenge instead of a detrimental occurrence then things get a bit easier.
16 | WHAT MAKES YOU CALM?
Figure out what makes you calm and then do it. This has helped me so much whenever I get overwhelmed. Sometimes just taking a few deep breaths and then making sure you are completely calm before attempting something else is way better than pretending like you are okay. Because if you are truly not okay and feeling anxious, taking the time to calm down is extremely worth it.
Do you have any remedies that you use to keep anxiety/depression away?