Different coping strategies work for different people. Here are some ideas.
- Avoid unnecessary stress. Don’t take on another commitment, especially when you already have a lot of stress in your life. Say “No.”
- Seek a change of pace. Take a break from your routine and visit someone, take a short trip, do something you usually enjoy.
- Examine your feelings. Try to figure out why you are depressed and what you can do about it.
- Examine your thoughts. Are you thinking negatively? If you are, try to counteract these thoughts (e.g., “It really wasn’t that big of a deal”).
- Regular exercise. Research shows that aerobic exercise has an uplifting effect. It helps you release tension, relax, and sleep.
- Help someone else. Do something for someone else to help you get your mind off your problems.
- Talk with a friend. An understanding friend can be very helpful by just listening.
- Keep a journal. Writing down feelings, thoughts, ideas, and events is a way to diffuse emotions and gain perspective on yourself. Do not allow yourself to write relentlessly negative things about yourself.
- Seek professional help. If depression does not lift, or if you feel hopeless, suicidal, or afraid, seeking the help of a counselor can help you sort out causes and identify options in a safe and supportive environment.
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