Coping with Depression

Life isn’t always pleasant or easy, but feeling constantly unhappy, or so unhappy you can’t function, is a problem you can overcome.

Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn’t quick or easy, it’s far from impossible. You can’t just will yourself to “snap out of it,” but you do have more control than you realize—even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. The key is to start small and build from there. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day.

What is the best way to cope with depression?

It’s the Catch-22 of depression: recovering from depression requires action, but taking action when you’re depressed is hard. Draw upon whatever resources you have. You may not have much energy, but you probably have enough to take a short walk around the block or pick up the phone to call a loved one. The tips that follow are based on a comprehensive approach that helps you get support while making lifestyle changes and reversing negative thinking. If you continue to take positive steps day by day, you’ll soon find yourself feeling better.

What you can do

  1. Reach out and stay connected to supportive people
  2. Do things that make you feel good—even when you don’t feel like it
  3. Move vigorously during the day—don’t sit for more than an hour
  4. Learn about the mood-boosting benefits of omega-3 fats
  5. Get a daily dose of sunlight
  6. Challenge negative thinking
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