Hey how are you going I’m 23 and go through a lot of the same!
it really sucks how depression and anxiety can work side by side hay, it can really confuse it all and make it hard to understand how you are feeling And why you are feeling that way.
I also get a lot of intrusive negative and doubtful thoughts, it can make it so hard to just be and feel yourself, you don’t wanna think that way so you find yourself becoming so frustrated and fighting off these thoughts and feelings.
For me fighting the thoughts can sometimes help but a lot of the time I get caught further in my head no matter how ridiculous the thought may be I for some reason find it hard to convince myself of this and become stuck obsessing.
Here are some things that have helped me.
-Meditation is great, there’s plenty of great apps out there for guided meditation, I use ‘Calm’ this can really just slow you down especially at times of heightened Anxiety. You can really rewire the way you think with this to.
- accepting thoughts, I know this is a lot easier said than done, but just keep trying to accept your thoughts, don’t be hard on yourself, these things don’t go away at the snap of a finger, understand these thoughts will come and go and that they don’t define you, they are just thoughts!
-exercising and keeping busy, whether it’s socialising with people or just getting out there and doing new things, I know again this isn’t so easy for people in our positions but this can give your mind other things to think about.
-talking to people you trust is helpful to, rather then looping the same thoughts over and over in your head, actually saying them out loud to a trusted person can really take the power away from these thoughts.
i hope some of this helps you is any way, hope to hear back from you