To be honest, for the past couple of days I’ve been in a bit of a funk. Life can get pretty overwhelming at times. With all the normal stressors of life like home, career, and family it can feel like the last straw when you’re battling your own body. Scroll down to find out the 8 steps to get through PCOS and depression.
PCOS and Depression
As women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, we are more susceptible to experiencing depressive symptoms and negative self-image. If you’re feeling down, don’t feel embarrassed- of all the women that suffer from PCOS, 34% of those women suffer from PCOS and depression. Trying to lose weight, trying to get pregnant, or just trying to get rid of the acne and the facial hair can leave you screaming in the mirror “Bro, like wtf?”
So, yes… PCOS sucks but, I can’t let that hold me down… and neither can you! So, lets discuss how to deal with your PCOS and depression.
Side note: I’m discussing feelings of depression here -feelings that everybody gets at some point or another. If you feel like you experience more lows than highs in life and you can’t seem to get out of your funk please seek professional help. Do not use the information presented here as personal mental health advice. The post provides general information on stress management and self-esteem.
Decide that you are done being blue
Getting out of a funk doesn’t happen passively. You have to make a decision, look at the problem, and put in the work!
Your husband can’t do it for you, your BFF can’t do it for you, and no matter how many people you ask for advice, you won’t make a change until you decide you want to make a change.
Dry your tears, pull up your big girl panties, and say hello to whatever you’re battling.
Girl, you need some fresh air. I don’t know about you, but nature has this calming effect on me. I remember how beautiful life is and how each moment passes and literally nothing lasts forever. My favorite place to go to unwind is to the beach; the sounds of the waves crashing against one another brings me to a happy place.
Take walk around your neighborhood, find a nearby park and have a picnic, or go on a bike ride with a friend- just get outside.
The most important aspect of taking in some fresh air is staying in the now. Stress happens when we anticipate the future too much or think about the past too much. The key is to be present in the now. So close your eyes, take a deep breath, smell the flowers, listen to the birds, and forget the pcos and depression.
Everything is going to be okay.
Girl, you’re all over the place and doing too much.
You need a planner, a list, or whatever you think would help you stay on task. Take some time every night to plan out the next day. Write out what you would like to accomplish and make sure you include the little steps. If you’d like to start making better choices with your eating habits, schedule a time to sit down and make a grocery list before you get in the car and head to the supermarket.
This planner is focused on purpose and goal planning with tons of writing space. I think you might like it. The great thing about making schedules and lists is that you can keep track of your progress and celebrate your accomplishments. Did you get to everything on your list? Wooohoo sounds like you deserve to treat yourself to a manicure.
Make sure you sign up for your FREE 7 DAY GET THROUGH THE PCOS BLUES WORKBOOK to get this de-stressing activity along with a few others.
- Write down what’s wrong at the bottom of the page
- Write down what you would like to happen at the top of the page
- Go backwards from your solution to your problem
- Break down your goals to little goals and steps.
Get dressed and take a picture.
Take a shower, put on your favorite lipstick, and find that outfit that fits you justttt. right. Next, I want you to find some natural light and take some pictures of yourself.
Fake that smile until it becomes real. Just smiling can change the way you feel .
Today, I decided that I was done feeling blue and I sat outside for 30 minutes just taking selfies. By the end of my session, I felt confident and happier. I also remembered that I am literally the bomb dot com.
TAKE THAT PCOS AND DEPRESSION!
Get a journal
Dear diary might sound a little cheesy but journaling can seriously get you going and out of your funk. Journaling can provide a release when you’re feeling overwhelmed in the sense that you can just get it all out. Sit down, set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes and just write. Be specific, use feeling words, and be honest with yourself. Tell your journal your problems and don’t try to fix it just yet. Close the journal when you’re done. Don’t read it. Just get it out and exhale.
Now, the next day or later that day revisit your journal entry, skim through your writing, and circle all the challenges that you detailed. Make a list of those challenges and go back to the exercise that we discussed in the get organized section.
Exercising releases endorphins and helps your body deal with stress. Try something fun like a hip hop dance class or an outdoor bootcamp. When managing your PCOS and depression its always good to kill two birds with one stone- stay fit and sane at the same time.
Set a time limit
Its perfectly fine to express your emotions when you are feeling down, its actually healthy, however, when you begin to wallow in your chaos it can begin to effect you mentally, physically, and it can also start to effect your relationships. Something I like to do it set a time limit for my pity party. This goes hand in hand with deciding you are done being blue. Give yourself a night or an hour to play Evanescence and eat some ice cream. Then, commit to getting it together.
Start using affirmations
An affirmation is pretty much a statement confirming that, it’s going to be okay. Just like smiling when you’re sad, using affirmations can help you change the way you feel. Check out the FREE WORKBOOK to find out affirmations that bring positivity to pcos and depression.
So, what do you think?
This is my list of things that help me get through the PCOS blues. What do you do when you are having a hard time? Leave a comment and let me know .