Destini Louangboriboune, our newest Self Care Club member, recently detailed her process for managing anxiety and depression. For many people, anxiety and stress can also interfere with work, sleep and other daily activities. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 40 million adults suffer from anxiety and more than 15.7 million suffer from depression in the United States.
Destini is currently experiencing clinical depression and anxiety. “I didn’t want to do anything, I didn’t want to talk to anybody… I was like woah, this is a huge turn in my life.”
All too often people forget that it’s just as important to take care of your mental health as it is your physical health. Because we can’t see our brain and physically see the damage being done to it, it’s easy for us to brush it off. The reality is, many would argue that mental health is more important than physical.
Sometimes with mental illness, you have to clear all of the clutter from your head. Destini shared with us her positive hobbies and life changes she has made. “I started going to therapy and making positive changes in my life. I started to do meditation and self-hypnosis. I do things currently like hobbies and other kinds of stuff to help my mental stability.”
By taking a few minutes to meditate every day with the goal of becoming more mindful, or focused on and accepting of the present, you’ll find it’s a great way to relieve stress. But it's even more powerful than you may think. A popular form of meditation today is mindfulness meditation, which involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future. Meditation is especially beneficial for reducing stress. Studies show it can also reduce depression and anxiety, and help people manage chronic pain.
Destini’s advice to us is that we should do what makes us happy. Whether it’s meditation, exercise, art or writing, stick to what works best for you and don’t be ashamed of it!
Like the rest of the Self Care Club members, Destini encourages anyone dealing with any sort of struggle to reach out to someone for help.
If you would like to join our Self Care Club, fill out an application and share your story with us at Therapy Threads.