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What can I do to relieve Depression?

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 Depressionenjoy.
  • 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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