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What to do when you are getting depressed?


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#1 Sunshineinmyface

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 05:08 AM

These are some simple ways to help yourself alleviate symptoms while you are waiting for other help, or trying to keep things on an even keel. They may not solve the underlying problem, if there is one, but they will provide some relief, I hope:

* Get help while you still can: the longer you wait, the harder it gets. Depression can be very dangerous. Medications take from 4 to 6 weeks to work.
* Use cognitive therapy techniques to get you out of negative thought patterns or read self-help books on cognitive therapy by say Burns.
* Plan your day with some activities you have to do and some activities you enjoy or use to enjoy. Rate your expectations for these activities, and then reasses how you felt after their completion.
* Break down difficult tasks into smaller things you can get done and feel you accomplished something.
* Give yourself crdit for even the smallest things you get done.
* Remember that depression passes. Focus on living one day at a time.
* Get emotional support form a family member, friend, or mental health professional. Get involved in a fun activity with someone you enjoy. Cuddle with your mate. Spend some time with your pet.
* Talk to an understing, nonjudgmental person for as long as you need to talk, or several people might take turns talking to you. It needs to be okay to talk about anything and everything and to be emotional.
* Listen to or help someone else.
* Use whatever spiritual resources you are comfortable calling on.
* Get some exercise, whenever you can muster it...walk, run, bike, swin...on and on...
* Get out in the sunlight as much as possible. If you must be inside, sit or work near a window.
* Use full spectrum lighting indoors, and avoid areas lit with conventional fluorescent lights.
* Eliminate sugar, caffine, and junk food form your diet. Eat three healthy meals a day or break down even further to extra small meals.
*Buy yourself something you have been wnating and would enjoy and can afford.
* Read a funny or light book or watch a funny video or listen to music you enjoy.
* Get dressed, putting on something that makes you feel good.
* Take a long, hot bath.

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Posted 04 October 2005 - 10:01 AM

(((((((((((Sunshine))))))))))))

thanks for sharing
there is some really good ideas

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 04:24 AM

bump.....seems the beast is very active as of late....full moon who knows but here are some reminders I got from someone and don't know authors but could help some of us.

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