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Self-Help Strategies for Depression

  • Track your thoughts by writing them down. It’s a good way to express your feelings, and it can also help you figure out which thoughts make you feel worse.
     
  • Learn relaxation. Relaxation is great for reducing stress.
     
  • Go easy on alcohol and drugs. If you’re using alcohol and drugs to cope, you could actually make your symptoms worse, both while you’re using them, and in the long run.
     
  • Eat well, keep active. It can make a difference to your energy levels, and helps stimulate hormones (like endorphins) that help you feel better about yourself.
     
  • Take some time out to do things you enjoy. When you’re feeling down it can make it really hard to get motivated to socialise and do things. Try and make yourself do one thing youusually enjoy each day.
     
  • Learn something new. Developing new skills and achieving things lifts your mood.
     
  • Get back into nature. There’s research that shows that when you have contact with pets, plants, gardens, parks etc., it reduces stress and boosts your mood. Go for a walk outside.
     
  • Talk to someone you trust. Talking to a family member or friend is a great opportunity for you to express how you’re feeling. They can also provide you an outsider’s opinion on what’s going on.
     
  • Join a support group. It can be really helpful to talk to people who have gone through similar experiences.
     
  • Set small goals. Don’t expect a ridiculous amount of yourself; it could make you feel down if you can’t meet your expectations. Set yourself small goals and take things one step at a time.
     
  • Develop a healthy sleep routine. Sleep has a huge effect on our physical and emotional health.
     
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a balanced diet. There are a huge number of benefits associated with exercise and a good diet. Start small and work towards having an exercise routine and balanced diet set in place.  
 
Source: http://au.reachout.com/self-help- strategies-for- depression

Article Comments

  • "I have written my thoughts down, but they don't go away. I don't even want to go back and read them."
  • - LadyBurton (28th of March 2016, 01:12:37 PM)

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