Let me start by saying that I am in no way an advocate for consciously refusing mental health treatment when you have the resources to do so. But many of us also want to use natural/ alternative methods alongside medication to treat our anxiety and depression.
Here are some of the ways I cope with my anxiety and depression in conjunction with medical treatment:
Therapists aren't doctors, they're trained counselors. A good therapist will help you get to the root of your anxiety and depression. They'll give you the tools you need to begin healing. And therapy is more affordable than people think. If you don't have health insurance, many professionals provide services on a sliding scale, making it more accessible.
2. Weed (of course)
There are hundreds of strains that are great for calming your mind and uplifting you from depressive moods. A major key to reducing your anxiety is sleeping well, and there are also many strains that relax your body, mind, and work as sleep aids.
3. Schedules and Routines
Setting schedules and creating routines for yourself is vital in reducing anxiety and coping with depression. Both give us a sense of security and stability so that we aren't overwhelmed with our day to day. And yes— plans, routines, and schedules change, and we need to be conscious of that. But this is a great way to relieve some of that anxiety-inducing stress.
4. Set Positive Goals
Setting goals— not matter how small— is a good way to keep you going day to day. It can be something as simple as showering and making lunch, to something like attending a concert. This keeps you motivated and looking forward to something good each day.
This is my personal non-medication arsenal for coping with mental illness. Regularly seeing my therapist, medicating with cannabis, and giving myself security with set schedules and routines allow me to function better day to day.