The Importance of Self-Care for Battling Depression

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Depression can be a relentless foe, draining your energy and motivation to the point where even basic tasks feel overwhelming. It can make it difficult to work, socialise, or even enjoy activities you once loved.

But in the fight against depression, there is hope. Self-care is a powerful weapon you can wield to manage your symptoms, and improve your overall well-being.

Here at Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling, we offer a variety of evidence-based treatment options, to help you navigate this difficult time.

Within our compassionate depression counselling in Newcastle, our experienced therapists will work with you to develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals. Self-care is a crucial part of this plan, with guidance and support provided to help you establish healthy habits.

What is Self-Care?

Self-care simply means taking steps to support your physical and mental health. It’s about nurturing yourself and prioritising your well-being. Self-care can look different for everyone, but some common practices include:

  • Getting enough sleep: Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night.
  • Eating a healthy diet: Nourish your body with nutritious foods that will give you sustained energy.
  • Exercising regularly: Physical activity is a proven mood booster, and helps combat fatigue.
  • Spending time in nature: Immerse yourself in the calming and restorative effects of the outdoors.
  • Engaging in activities you enjoy: Make time for hobbies, social connections, or anything that brings you joy.
  • Practicing relaxation techniques: Techniques such as meditation or deep breathing can help manage stress and anxiety.

When Depression Makes Self Care Difficult

When depression is at its worst, self-care can seem impossible. If you are struggling to even begin thinking about looking after yourself, don’t try to overhaul your entire life at once.

Start with small, manageable tasks, such as taking a short walk, practising deep breathing, or spending 10 minutes reading a book.

Depression can also be tough on your self-esteem, which is why it’s important to practice self-compassion. Try to do this by challenging negative thoughts, and focusing on appreciating your strengths and accomplishments.

Seeking Professional Help

Although self-care is a crucial part of managing depression, it’s not a replacement for professional help. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to reach out to our professional counsellors in Newcastle today.

Our qualified and experienced therapists can provide support, guidance, and effective treatment options, including CBT Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to help you to overcome depression.

To schedule your initial appointment with one of our therapists in Newcastle Upon Tyne, send us a message using the box below or call us on 07966645198 today.

Dr Stuart Sadler (Chartered Psychologist)

Best wishes,

Dr Stuart Sadler

Lead Clinical Psychologist

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