Elizabeth Shaw – life coach.
Recovery from anxiety and depression.
Being depressed often leaves you anxious, being anxious can leave you depressed. After a narcissistic relationship a lot of people struggle recovering from these, often once you’ve been out a while and building a happier life they symptoms can slowly fade.
Here are some more ideas to help yourself recover.
Talking to the right people can help, friends, family, support groups, talk therapy, psychologists, life coaches are great with helping you work on anxiety. Talking helps with.
Cognitive behavioural, which teaches you to adjust your thoughts and actions.
Interpersonal, shows you how to communicate better.
Problem-solving gives you the skills to manage your symptoms.
It’s a proven mood-booster that’s good for your body and mind. Exercise also raises your self-esteem and confidence. And it’s considered to be a treatment for mild to moderate depression. It releases endorphins which naturally lift your mood.
Even a brisk walk can do this. Just find one that you enjoy, joining team sport is great for making new friends, or dancing.
3-5 times a week, for around 30 mins, just start slow if it seems too daunting, one day a week 10 min, then next week do two days, make a plan and stick to it, slowly increases at a pace you’re comfortable with.
Yoga or meditation, just 2-5 minutes a day can help.
Focus on your breath
Make a picture in your mind of a beautiful image
Repeat a simple word or mantra, like “happiness”
Clean up your diet, comfort foods can help your mood at the moment, just not long term, proteins are great, meat, eggs, nuts etc, especially if you’ve taken up exercise. Good fats, like in cheese, avocado, dark chocolate nuts, plus fruit and veg.
Everything in moderation.
Do something meaningful. Find something you enjoy, Get involved in an activity that feels important to you. It may be athletic, political, spiritual, or a social cause where you can volunteer. Look for something that gives you a sense of purpose.
Be creative. Direct your focus into something constructive. Rediscover your strengths. If you have a long-lost talent or interest, dive back into it. Listening to music, learning to play an instrument, try painting, dancing, singing, writing, keep trying new things to you discover what you enjoy.
Read a good book. It’s a good way to relax. There’s even research that shows that reading books on psychology may boost your mood. Also learning about narcissistic personality disorder and what you’ve been through helps a lot of people in the recovery process, although that isn’t for everyone.
Get a good support system going, reach out to support groups with people who know what you’ve been through and how to help, friends and family if they are available.
Get organized. Slowly and step by step, set a new goal, de-cluttering your home can give you a clearer mind.
Find what works for you, keep going you’ve got this.