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Clearly, if you are feeling so depressed that you cannot function or if you are feeling suicidal, you need to get professional assistance as soon as possible. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), most people with depression do not seek treatment, although the great majority—including those with severe depression—can be helped.
Depression can make you feel exhausted, worthless, helpless, and hopeless. According to NIMH, “Such negative thoughts and feelings make some people feel like giving up. It is important to realize the actual circumstances. Negative thinking fades as treatment begins to take effect.” In the meantime, there are many things you can do to help yourself avoid or reduce the occurrence of depression.
Try several of the following tips and see which work best for you. Some may work better than others at different times, so be sure to try a variety of approaches. Use the tips as starting points. Then let yourself be creative in developing other ideas.
While trying the many activities suggested below, allow yourself to be guided and comforted by the following general reminders from NIMH in regard to depression recovery:
Set realistic goals in light of the depression and assume a reasonable amount of responsibility.
Set priorities and do what you can when you can.
Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately.
Feeling better takes time.
People rarely “snap out of” a depression. But they can feel a little better day-by-day.
Positive thinking will replace the negative thinking that is part of the depression and will disappear as your depression responds to treatment.
Let others help you.
Tips for activities you can do alone to avoid or reduce depression
Sweat exercise: Do any form of aerobic exercise—such as brisk walking, biking, or running in place—until you work up a healthy sweat.
Turn on your favorite music and dance, dance, dance—until you work up a sweat.
Sing in the shower.
Instead of listening to the radio or talking on your cell phone, roll up the car windows and sing loudly.
Get a dog or other pet—or simply visit a pet store to boost your spirits.
Plant and tend a garden—an herb garden takes up very little space.
If you are really upset, take a brisk walk and focus exclusively on the physical and emotional sensations you experience in your body. Stay out of your head—no thoughts allowed!
Rent funny videos or see funny movies and plays.
Go to the store and read all the humorous greeting cards.
Treat your self to a great cup of coffee—if you take half-decaf and half regular, you can have two cups a day (too much caffeine can bring you down, but one cup is safe enough).
Let nature bring you up—walk by the ocean or other waterways, hike the hills and forests.
Draw, paint, or write.
Avoid foods that zap your energy—for most people, sugar and pasta can be downers.
Give yourself a hand or foot massage, or go get a back rub or body massage.
Take a hot bubble bath with candles and music in the room.
Tips for activities you can do with others to avoid or reduce depression
Strike up conversations with strangers—in line at the market, walking in your neighborhood, at the local park, etc.
Pet the animals or volunteer to walk the dogs at a local animal shelter.
Become a “big brother” or “big sister” to a lonely child.
Having lunch with friends.
Ask your friends to turn off their cell phones when they are with you, and do the same for them.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
Set up at least three dates with friends or acquaintances at the beginning of each week.
Take an acting, singing, or dancing class—even if you have no talent whatsoever!
Avoid people that make you feel bad.
Improve your intimate relationships.
Tips to improve your environment to avoid or reduce depression
Cut and arrange flowers or bring a live plant into your office or living space.
Clean up your room (or start with one small shelf, drawer, or corner).
Wash your clothes.
Paint your walls a shade of yellow or another color that cheers you up.
Try different kinds of music in your home—peppy, mellow, country, opera, pop, etc.
Try aromatherapy—use different scents of candles, incense, or oils. Choose fragrances that remind you of a happy place or time or those that are known for their uplifting qualities.
Move the furniture around to create a different feeling in a room.
Change the lighting—try opening windows or curtains; if necessary, get full-spectrum light tubes.