3 Things I Do When I'm Feeling BlueToday’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday episode is about mental health and the importance behind implementing tools that make you feel better or put you in a healthier state-of-mind. As I’ve mentioned before in previous podcast episodes, depression has been something I’ve struggled with consistently and only recently have I started to recognize which small changes in my daily routine help influence my mindset.

In this episode, I talk about the three things I do when I’m feeling blue in hopes of inspiring others to seek understanding behind their own personal struggles and circumstances. The three things I do are:

  1. Organize my personal space.
  2. Read with Frankie {WOWW Campaign’s Chief Motivation Officer AKA my dog}.
  3. Do tasks related to work productivity.
1. Organize my personal space.

Organizing my external surroundings instantly makes my internal world more peaceful. By nature, I’m the type of person that appreciates things being in their place and a sense of cleanliness. In the darkest moments of my depression, I noticed a pattern that was not reflective of who I truly am. I realized that anytime I didn’t feel at peace with myself, my home was usually disorganized as well, which has never been a habit of mine. When I started to do things around my house that were parallel with how I actually wanted to feel internally, it was instantaneously satisfying, so I did more of this. And during difficult times, I make a conscious effort to keep things around me in their place, not because it gives me a sense of control, but rather because it brings me happiness and a sense of stability that reminds me of my potential and where I aim to be.

2. Reading with Frankie.

I used to think that I’d read one book and then it’d lead to a permanent state of enlightenment. Not sure what I was thinking, but I know now that’s not the case. In fact, I’d crave inspiration when I wasn’t reading a book early in the morning or before going to sleep at night, so I began to pay closer attention to the feelings reading would bring me. What I noticed was that I felt “lighter” and more at peace when I was learning and acquiring knowledge in some way. It made me feel like I was moving in a positive direction or simply that I was moving forward, in general. Over time, I learned to be more consistent about my reading habits so I could benefit from the effects this habit had on my mental health. Luckily, I discovered Kindle Unlimited, which I immediately subscribed to in order to read many different books per month and as a result, improve my overall well-being.

3. Doing tasks related to work productivity.

No matter how small the task, I don’t allow my depression to knock me out like it once did. It used to show up and I’d be “paralyzed” for days, sometimes weeks. One day, I decided to do something as simple as check my email even though I didn’t even have the energy to eat. I felt useful, even for those few moments, but it was a positive feeling that left it’s imprint. So the next time I was feeling depressed, I again forced myself to make a phone call or contact a client. Little by little, these small tasks became addicting during these dark periods because it felt better than not doing anything at all. In time, I wanted to do more productive actionable tasks that would lead to an accumulation of an entire workday. Noticing these things required a tremendous amount of self-awareness and vulnerability because it wasn’t easy to admit that there was a problem to begin with. These observations became tools and in-time, valuable assets that never expire and have a positive ROI on my business, but on my physical and mental health as well.