As I rolled a joint this morning to find an appetite and be motivated to juice some raw cannabis, I felt the need to also Periscope about it being Mental Health Awareness Week and how I manage my own mental health.
I needed to reminisce about my entire last week spent in the dark because of a fairly debilitating migraine. Not only was there a migraine, but my mind was inundated with creativity, and my empathic senses were set to intense. That migraine was followed by a very severe depression. Talk about being in a funk.
Of all the health issues I deal with, depression alarms me the most. It’s a pretty serious thing and I believe it requires immediate attention although it can take some time to lift out of. My depressed brain doesn’t eat the same, can’t think the same, doesn’t love the same, and isn’t able to feel the same. I just sort of go into a numb mode.
Fortunately I have not been depressed every day of my life and have learned ways to manage it when it does rolls in.
4 Things I Recommend To Manage Depression:
Sleep: Make getting a full night of sleep a lifestyle priority because this is the time that your brain literally cleans itself. Don’t feel bad for taking a nap during the day as needed.
Exercise: Physically move yourself for at least 30 minutes every single day. Outside in nature is ideal. Gardening, walking, dancing, lifting weights, whatever- just move. Moderate exercise releases dopamine in the brain which makes you experience happy. It is very important to feel moments of happiness and light during a depression.
Eat good food and stay hydrated: You can’t get enough nutrients at this point so think vegetables and healthy protein, like hemp, that is also high in fiber and omega3 fatty acids. The healthier your gut is fed the better your brain will feel. Avoid processed sugar in all its forms as it is a major depressant.
Use Cannabis: I find it beneficial to use cannabis to help regulate receptors in my brain when I’m given depressed moods. Nothing is quite as quick and effective to set your brain right and give you the ability to feel positive things again as smoking or vaping a little cannabis.
Remember You Are Not Alone: Try not to spend too much time alone and isolated, if you are depressed. Do reach out to other people no matter how hard and if you know somebody who deals with depression do reach out to them because even just a thought from somebody else provides a valuable lift.
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