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Whats are some healthy coping strategies to deal with depression?

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Last Updated: 07/02/2018 at 3:17pm
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August 4th, 2015 8:50am
deep breathing, physical activity, music, crafts/arts, watching movies/comedies, journaling, and hanging out with friends
November 8th, 2016 4:12pm
One thing I like to do is to write 5 things I like about myself every morning when I wake up. It's hard at first but, you end up finding creative ways to compliment yourself like: I like that I was smart enough to put socks on last night to keep my feet warm.
July 2nd, 2018 3:17pm
Realize you aren't broken. Your mind is different. Learn how it works. Work within your depression. "Before you walk away, there's one more thing I want to say Our brains are sick but that's okay"
January 9th, 2015 9:13pm
When I feel depressed, I do my best to stay focused on getting through the present moment because it keeps me from getting overwhelmed thinking I will always feel depressed. Then I do whatever I can to feel better, such as listen to music, talk to a friend or distract myself by reading or spending time with my pets.
March 19th, 2015 6:15am
Eat well! You may be surprised how much better you will feel when you have a good diet. A walk can help too. I'm not a fitness nut, but a controlled sugar intake, good sleep, and a walk can do wonders. It won't do away with clinical depression and it doesn't magically fix any problems, but you will be stronger for it.
April 4th, 2015 9:41pm
Healthy coping mechanisms can include: writing your thoughts down, finding a creative outlet, talking to others like people here on 7 cups, or even exercising.
May 6th, 2015 12:20pm
You can find things that make you feel better (i.e: Music, friends, television, ect.) If it would help you can make a schedule for yourself.
May 20th, 2015 12:02am
Good coping ways to deal with depression include: going out a few times a day, you should never stay locked up in you're room in front of the internet or something like that when you deal with depression. Another way would be to keep yourself busy whether it's studying, playing games, sign up and become part of a club or sport. Then of course theres alwasy therapy i personally think group ones are better
July 21st, 2015 2:00pm
You can do things like finding a hobby like writing or drawing or reading. Also you can improve your lifestyle by eating healthier and exercising and you will feel a difference quite quickly
August 10th, 2015 8:41am
Dealing with depression is usually helped by three things, emotional support-from friends or in the form of therapy, exercise-something that keeps you busy for a good part of the day and sometimes medication. Sometimes a combination of any two will provide enough. It's important to talk to people who understand and can relate and to keep busy. If the depression is more than just situation related, sometimes a little temporary pharmaceutical boost can be helpful, consult a professional and know that there is no weakness or shame in asking for help, it's part of being human, we all need support now and then.
September 1st, 2015 9:26am
Take care of yourself. Do & find things that make you happy. Write, maybe. Exercise and eat healthily.
September 28th, 2015 8:51pm
i think it best to talk to a counselor or peer for further advice other than that i would get professional help depending on how serious the problem is.
December 8th, 2015 12:06am
Life style factors that affect moods, talking to someone you trust, you can express your self by writing, boost your self image, get plenty of sleep.
January 25th, 2016 4:03am
Talk about how you feel when you suffer from depression or any other mental illness. It is hard but it will help you. There are people who really care and really want to help. Don't keep it to yourself-Talk about what you feel.
February 29th, 2016 12:50am
Just try to find joy in the little things! Celebrate small victories, even if it is just getting up in the morning and starting your day!
May 9th, 2016 8:26pm
Connect with other people, Go outside and be in different environments, Exercise your body, Have a regular and healthy sleep schedule.
May 9th, 2016 11:36pm
Focus on things that make you happy and try to stay away from those that make you said. Example: if you like reading and it makes you happy, find a good book to read. But if reading about breakups makes you sad, stay away from those books.
June 14th, 2016 12:28am
You could write down the way you feel. you could talk to someone about it. find activities such as working out or reading .
July 5th, 2016 9:21am
You could try to eat well and do sports, it may be very difficult to do so, but it will help you to have an healthy life and give you the energy you need. You can try to relax and consult someone if you need to talk. :)
December 4th, 2017 6:52pm
From experience, I tried finding something I'd enjoy and that was riding my bike and watching shows.
January 8th, 2018 7:50pm
Try and get yourself to do something, even if it's small. I know focusing on getting out of bed works for me. I take things in steps, so get out of bed, get changed, shower. Each as a hurdle but not an overwhelming obstacle
February 12th, 2018 3:18pm
Finding ways to instill positivity into your daily life. Whether it's a daily affirmation (sometimes there's even an app for that), having a gratitude journal, writing down your thoughts and reading them over as if your friend is speaking to you and responding in a caring way.
June 19th, 2018 8:03am
Some healthy coping strategies to deal with depression are talking to any one, that being friends family or someone you can trust. Another good one is to look forward to the good things, like do something to make yourself happy. Maybe ordering your favorite food?