Checkmate: The Short Film

A New Way To Address Mental Health

Have you ever stopped to question yourself, your sanity, the path you walk in? What if we tell you that ever since COVID-19 took control of our lives and how we interact with each other, there’s been a raise in the people that have grown even more interested in their mental health. Is just sad that we live in times where we have to face hardship to notice how damaged we are inside. We had that, and more topics to go through with fashion designer Adela Hittell; in which we go in depths over her story, her vision, and her contribution to society with the amazing piece of art she has put together with the company of like-minded individuals.

Go ahead and click play on our Spotify Flocally Radio Podcast with the amazing Adela Hittell. After that, click on the poster to be redirected, and watch the short film. Remember to spread the love by sharing! If you read this far, congratulations. Just click on the poster and you’ll be redirected to this short film. 😉

Coping With Depression

Here are some tips to write on your “coping with depression” list, because we know is hard. Though, Is okay to not be okay all the time. We want you to remember that part.

  1. Build a Support Network: forging stronger ties with friends or family. Knowing you can count on supportive loved ones to help can go a long way toward improving your depression.
  2. Reduce Your Stress: When you’re under stress, your body produces more of a hormone called cortisol. In the short-term, this is a good thing because it helps you gear up to cope with whatever is causing the stress in your life. Over the long run, however, it can cause many problems for you, including depression. The more you use techniques to reduce stress, the better because it will reduce your risk of becoming depressed.
  3. Improve Your Sleep Hygiene: Good sleep hygiene could be key to improving the quality and quantity of your sleep. Turn off electronics at least an hour before you go to bed. Use dim light to read a book or engage in another relaxing activity. Only use your bed for sleep and sexual activity. Doing work in bed, or even in your bedroom, can cause you to associate your bed with stress, rather than relaxation. 
  4. Improve Your Eating Habits: There are many brain-essential nutrients that can affect depression. For example, a 2012 study found that zinc deficiency increases symptoms of depression. Improving your diet could be key to reducing your symptoms. But before you make any major changes to your diet or begin taking vitamins or supplements, talk with your physician.
  5. Learn How to Stop Negative Thoughts: Depression doesn’t just make you feel bad, it can also cause you to think more negatively. Changing those negative thoughts, however, can improve your mood. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that works to alter common patterns of negative thinking called cognitive distortions in order to eliminate depression. There are also many self-help books, apps, and online courses that can help you learn how to change your unhealthy thinking patterns. 
  6. Beat Procrastination: Putting things off fuels depression. It can lead to increased guilt, worry, and stress. It’s important to set deadlines and manage your time well. Establish short-term goals and work hard to get the most important things done first. Each task you successfully complete will help you break through the habit of procrastination.
  7. Get a Handle on Your Household Chores: Take control of your daily chores. Start small and work on one project at a time. Getting up and moving can help you start to feel better in itself. But, seeing your progress in the home can be key to helping you feel better. 
  8. Create a Wellness Toolbox: A wellness toolbox is a set of tools that you can use to help soothe yourself when you are feeling down. Think of things you like to do when you’re happy. Then, when you’re feeling down, try one of those activities. Cuddling your pet, listening to your favorite music, taking a warm bath, or reading a good book are just a few tools you might find helpful. Create a list of the activities you might try when you’re feeling bad. Then, choose an activity to try when you’re having a particularly rough time. SOURCE

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