Diagnoses of depression are triple what they were prior to the pandemic. Even a year ago – just 6 months into the pandemic – already 42% of study respondents reported symptoms of depression. Today even more are showing signs of anxiety and depression at increasing rates.
And the problem seems to be affecting people from almost every segment of society. Independent studies on the subject have been conducted on adults, children, students, pregnant women, singles, and the elderly. Across the board, the results are concerning: pandemic depression has become prevalent and “normal”.
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How To Deal With Pandemic Depression
While change and stress are normal, depression is not. So first and foremost, if your experience during the pandemic has led you to thoughts of self-harm, reach out now! There are others like you and options available. We are here to help.
Here are some ways to better process stress and anxiety and to fend off depression during the pandemic. Some of the suggestions may seem familiar simply because they are good health and lifestyle measures for managing not only pandemic depression but overall mental and physical health. But during a time of crisis, self-care becomes more important – not less. So give these time-honored practices the effort they deserve.
1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Getting enough sleep is a primary tenet of stabilizing sufficiently to treat serious underlying psychological conditions like depression. Your body does so many important functions while you are asleep that no other single factor affects overall health more. This can be a sticking point though because depression sometimes makes sleep more difficult. In those cases, try eliminating caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine to restore your body’s natural ability to sleep.
2. Let a Consistent Routine Carry You
Anxiety is caused in part by uncertainty. As subtle as it is, just knowing what your day will look like relieves stress, anxiety, and depression for many. And at a minimum, it will help to support you through your day when spontaneous enthusiasm fails to appear – just stick to the schedule and let it carry you.
3. Be Mindful
While we don’t necessarily think of it this way, many of us “live” in our heads. We spend time thinking about so many concerns and potential pitfalls that those thoughts become our reality.
Conversely, the practice of mindfulness is simply focusing our attention on the present moment and the present space we occupy. Get here. Just for a minute – look around you and notice the beauty still left to enjoy around you. Especially when we are under stress, our minds can be like treadmills of worry, inventing harrowing possible outcomes over and over. Turn it off – take control of your own mind and choose to think about the present reality and what is happening right.
4. Keep Your Glass Half Full
Outlook is everything. Focusing your attention on what you do have and what is working will reframe your life in a more empowered manner. This new outlook will not only provide relief but will actually improve the way you interact with your world including the parts that give you anxiety. You can also keep your glass half full by practicing gratitude every day.
Try writing a short list of 5 things you’re most grateful for and saying thank you as often as you can and watch this inner change lift your outer mood.
5. Reach Out
Nearly half of Americans have reported symptoms and feelings of depression since the pandemic began so you can be assured that you are not alone. Connecting with people who share your experience provides relief from that feeling of being alone – like there’s something wrong with you. Others are experiencing the same thing so reach out and connect – it will make a difference.
6. Natural Nutritional Supplements
Without resorting to benzodiazepines, many natural – nonpharmaceutical – supplements exist to help with stress, anxiety, and depression. RegenLabs’ Insta Zen product contains the best ingredients for these conditions.
DHH-B is a magnolia extract that boosts GABA, a neurotransmitter that calms the brain. L-Theanine is an amino acid that has shown significant properties for reducing stress and anxiety. And phosphatidylserine is a naturally occurring lipid used in the treatment of depression and ADHD.
There is a lot to think about – we get it. If you have questions about depression whether pandemic-related or not, or questions about any of the conditions discussed here, Regen Labs has options for you. All Regen Labs products support the body’s natural systems for a healthy brain, skin, muscle, and sexual health.
Without toxins or synthetic chemicals, Regen Labs products contain research-proven ingredients to boost the body’s natural ability to be healthy.
Let’s talk! If you have questions, we would love to connect. Contact us at [email protected].
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