4 things to know before you stop taking antidepressants 

As a bid to lead a happier life I’ve decided to quit the happy pills. Ironic, isn’t it? I’ve been feeding my brain with a serotonin feast, and I’m just about sick of relying on these pills in order to lead a happier, depression-free life.

I’m not saying that they don’t work, at first they are a god send! But after nearly two years of being on sertraline (Zoloft) I’m ready to flush the SSRI’s out of my system and make room for the real me.

Here are some golden rules (which I’ve only just discovered myself!)…

1) The doctor is (usually) always right.

Never stop taking antidepressants without telling your doctor 

This could heighten the risk of suicide or self-harming.

The doctor will also put you on the right path by either lowering your dosage or switching you to another medication for the time being.

For me, missing just one day will cause severe ‘brain zaps’ leaving me disoriented and unfit for everyday routines.

2) Ask yourself: are you ready to stop taking antidepressants?

Do you feel you are physiologically dependant on your antidepressants or that you can live without them? 

You will know when you are ready. You won’t feel scared, or frightened to stop. You’ll feel a sense of clarity, that you’re happy enough without them.

I’m sick of feeling numb and not like myself at times, I want to be the person people enjoy being around. I’m happy, so I know the journey will have a light at the end of this all.

3) Tell your friends

Your friends are there to support you, so keep them informed and they might be able to help. 

Friends are the best medicine.

4) Research the withdrawal symptoms of your antidepressants

Some can be short term and others stay in your system for longer.

Antidepressants such as Prozac (fluoxetine) stay in your system for much longer than sertraline, making it sometimes easier to wean off them.

sertraline

I wish everyone the best of luck!

5 ways to be happy without anti-depressants 

Anti depressants are the main ingredient in fuelling our mind with happiness. And sure, they work wonders. But it take months to really feel the impact of positivity in our lives.

So, why not put aside a few minutes to soak in some quality R & R.

1) Start with changing your diet plan.

Remember: we are what we eat, figuratively speaking of course. 

-stock up on superfoods such as goji berries, broccoli, blueberries, dark chocolate and oliy fish. And drink plenty of green tea!

My diet has boosted my ability to get out of bed at ridiculous o’clock and given me that positive kick up the arse that I needed. Not only that, my skin looks glowing so I feel happier about my physical appearance too- extra happy points!



2) Keep yourself busy 

Keeping our mind occupied with plans or things to look forward too focused our concentration on the task in hand. Overting any negative thoughts into positive ones, soon you won’t even have time to worry!

  1. Make a check list of things that need either organising or planning
  2. List those things in order of priority

Try to include a personal goal, such as writing an article or talking to a stranger. Whatever it is, that goal should make you feel positively fulfilled for the day.

3) Excercise 10 minutes each day 

Excercise will release those vital endorphins that stimulates happiness. So, healthy body = healthy mind.

-Commit to a daily routine of squats, or lunges or whatever takes your cardiovascular fancy.

Try to do an excercise that really gets your heart pumping.

soon, it will become as routine as brushing your teeth!

4) spend time with the people that make you the happiest 

The people we hang around with define us more than we think. A person who always looks on the bright side for example, will eventually change our perspective of things we would usually deem negative.

5) Turn any negativity into positivity 

Have you ever heard of happiness being contagious?

Well, it’s no myth. If we reveal our happier selves to our friends, they will more than likely love spending time with you, and if people love spending time with you, then that must mean… 

We become our happier selves more often.

Your smile will work wonders, it’s free isn’t it?