Tools for Coping With DepressionAuthor: Diplomat Pharmacy Date: June 10, 2019
Do you think you might be depressed? You can take control of your life. Here’s how:
Set Healthy Limits
Shop with a list or put cash in a purchase-specific envelope and spend only the allotted money. Extend healthy boundaries to personal interactions by limiting time spent with people in your life who leave you feeling drained.
Before you engage in a self-sabotaging behavior, like binge-eating or excessive shopping, ask yourself: Am I hungry, angry, lonely or tired? If the answer is “yes,” address that need.
Writing down your thoughts and feelings every day can help you understand the source of your depression. Journaling can also help you discover more about yourself as you write things down that you would avoid talking about with someone else. Use your journal as a private way of expressing any thoughts you have and read them later to reflect on where you have been compared to where you are now.
Studies have shown that exercise can provide mood-boosting endorphins as well as increased self-confidence. Even 10 to 15 minutes a day can make a big difference.
It’s been said that depression is living in the past and anxiety is living in the future. Learn to live in the present by meditating each day. Meditation also lets you practice nonattachment — when a negative thought comes to mind, acknowledge it and let it go.
Talk to Someone
Opening up to family, friends, or a trained therapist can help you recover from depression. A healthcare professional can also suggest medication options. If you feel like you need to talk, start by calling a friend who you can be vulnerable with, and who will listen without judgment.
Seek Immediate Help
If you are considering suicide, you should call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, or call a suicide prevention helpline. Don’t lose hope. There’s help ready and waiting.
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