5 Ways to Combat Pandemic Depression
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5 Ways to Combat Pandemic Depression

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5 Ways to Combat Pandemic Depression

5 Ways to Combat Pandemic Depression
5 Ways to Combat Pandemic Depression

Depression comes in many forms. Some hide it well. With the current state of the nation, depression is on the rise. Fear, uncertainty, anxiety, loss of control; these are all things that can lead to or even increase depression. Our lives have been turned upside down. Loved ones are dying without any family there, front line workers are exhausted and scared, we don’t leave our house unless we are deemed essential. Then those of us that are deemed “essential” are scared of what we may bring home to our families.

I am a nurse, an ICU nurse to be specific. I have seen first hand what COVID-19 can do to a person. I also suffer from depression and anxiety. Prior to this change in our world, it was pretty under control. Over the last month, I have become more withdrawn, stopped doing things I enjoy (like writing and blogging), I worry more, I am on edge and it feels like I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop so to speak. And I know I am not the only one. And I am so tired of it. So have much self pep-talking I have decided to take my life back. And you should to!

What exactly do I mean by that? You are probably thinking, “Well Jeanna we are still under a stay at home order…”. And yes the corona virus is still a thing and still wreaking havoc on our lives. BUT dear readers, you can change your reaction. Take back your life. Let me tell you what my plans are.


5 Ways to Combat Pandemic Depression

  1. Give it to God! Cast all your worries and fears on Him. I am guilty of stepping away from my daily quiet time with God. As I write this I realize now is when I need him the most. So today I will start back my daily journaling and verse mapping. There is so much power in prayer.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you... Since you are precious and  honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exhange for you, nations in exchange for your life.
Isaiah 43:2-4

2. Find your peace. Find something that brings you peace and do it daily. If that is yoga, music, writing… whatever it is, make it apart of your daily routine.

3. Set a Schedule. Create a schedule or routine for day to day. And stick to it. The worst thing to do when you are depressed is nothing. When you are doing nothing, depression takes a deeper hold on you. Do not allow that to happen.

Sample Schedule (for my days off)

Coffee and quiet time.

Exercise

Tackle a few chores

Work on novel

Try something new (cooking, a new song on the guitar, etc.)

Pamper yourself (at home facial, partners massage, etc.)

Binge watch a new show on Netflix (try to avoid the news)

4. Reach out to friends. Even though you can not jump in the car and go have lunch with your bestie, still reach out to them. Facetime is a great thing.

5. Talk about it. When you feel yourself falling into that dark place, tell someone. DO NOT hide it. I promise, you are not the only one. Tell a loved one, tell a friend, tell a co-worker. When you say it out loud it gives you perspective. “Hey, I am feeling a little down today.” That is all you need to say. Everyone will understand and you will be surprised at how encouraging those around you really are. Don’t do this alone.


Check out this great article from the CDC on coping with depression during these tough and challenging times. Also check out of my previous posts on faith, self-care, and anxiety.

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