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Are you riding the emotional roller coaster from hell?

Let’s talk about something we all know too well—dealing with depression and anger. As hardworking warriors, we juggle a lot. Sometimes, emotions can sneak up on us when we least expect it. But fear not, my friend! There are ways to manage these feelings and keep on keeping on.

First things first, let’s clarify something important—the difference between “depression” and “feeling depressed.” Depression with a capital D is like an unwelcome guest that overstays its welcome. It’s a persistent feeling of sadness, emptiness, and hopelessness that can linger for weeks, months, or even years. It’s a whole different beast from feeling depressed, which is more like a passing cloud on an otherwise sunny day. Feeling depressed is normal. It happens to everyone from time to time. But when it starts interfering with your daily life and hangs around, that’s when it becomes depression.

Feeling sad is a normal reaction to difficult times in life. Depression is different—it is a mood disorder that can affect how a person feels, thinks, and acts. (National Institute of Mental Health)

Now, onto managing these emotions like a boss. Here are some practical prescriptions to help you navigate the ups and downs.

Move Your Body

I know exercising is probably the last thing you want to do when you’re feeling down. But trust me on this one—getting those endorphins pumping can work wonders for your mood. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy. Even a short walk around the block can do the trick.

Talk it Out

Bottling up your emotions is like shaking a soda can and hoping it won’t explode. It will. So instead of keeping it all inside, find someone you trust and let it out. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or therapist, talking about what you’re going through can help lighten the load.

Practice Mindfulness

In a world that’s constantly buzzing with notifications and distractions, taking a moment to be present can be incredibly grounding. Try incorporating mindfulness techniques into your daily routine, like deep breathing or meditation, to help calm your mind and ease your racing thoughts.

Set Boundaries

It’s okay to say no sometimes. You don’t have to be everything to everyone, and it’s important to prioritize your own well-being. Learn to set boundaries and stick to them, whether it’s with your workload, social commitments, or toxic relationships.

Find Joy in the Little Things

Depression and anger can make it feel like the world is a bleak and joyless place, but I promise you, it’s not. Take time each day to find something that brings you joy, whether it’s a good book, a hot cup of coffee, or a cuddle with your pet. Finding moments of happiness amidst the darkness can help lift your spirits and remind you that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Remember, managing depression and anger is a journey, not a destination. There will be good days and bad days, but as long as you keep putting one foot in front of the other, you’re doing great. So take a deep breath, give yourself some grace, and keep on keeping on. You’ve got this!

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