Depression - Tips
Tips for coping with depression
Would you like some tips and advice how to deal with depression?
This forum is a great place to:
- explore several tips.
- respond to tips / share your experience.
- share the tips that work for you.
What's your tip how to deal with depression?
Tip 1 - Exercise and stay active
Stay physically active through regular exercise. Depression, fatigue, lack of energy and apathy can cause psychical inactivity, and exercising can often seem like the last thing you want to do.
Exercising and staying physically active is very important, for two reasons:
1) You can help improve your mood, and lower your feelings of d
2) When you exercise, your body releases chemicals which help to trigger a positive feeling in your body.
Thus, do exercise! For example running or swimming. Or go dancing. Or bicycling, or hiking every day. Or do gardening, or walk to the grocerystore instead of talking the car.
Tip 2 - Keep regularity and structure in your life
Keep regularity and structure in your life, also when you do not have any plans. Get up in time at a certain time. Eat on regular times. And go to bed in time at a certain time. This way you keep control over your life.
Tip 3 - Take action
The idea that you don't control your life makes the depression stronger. As soon as you take action you will notice that you have more control then you thought. Also with small actions.
Tip 4 - Keep a gratefulness diary
Keep a gratefulness diary.
Gratefulness is like a medicine for body and spirit. Research shows that people that are grateful, are happier in life, more successful, more forgiving and have more energy.
Grateful people are less likely to get a burn-out, depression or fears. Gratefulness is not a quality you are born with, it is something you can develop! You can start even today with a gratefulness diary and you will be surprised by the effect.
Write down every day 5 things you feel grateful for.
Tip 5 - Look at what you feel good about
Make everyday time to think about the things you did that day that you feel good about. For example just before you go to bed. What you don't feel good about already gets way too much attention!
Tip 6 - Eat healthy, varied and sufficient.
Eat healthy, varied and sufficient. When you eat unhealthy or not enough and do not get enough nutrients in your body, this can make you feel even more weary, down and apathetic. So eat healthy. It's also very important to drink enough water.
Tip 7 - Find a counsellor
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