Ways to cope with depression

Depression is real and it’s not something you can simply snap out of. There are many types of depression, which are often caused by different triggers. Whatever the circumstances, there are strategies to overcome despair, elevate your mood and reclaim your sense of optimism and hope. Here are a few tools that may help to add some light to even your darkest moments.

Have a reliable support network

It’s easy and understandable to want to self-isolate when we’re feeling depressed but it is crucial to have a support system that you can reach out to. This can be anyone, from a trusted family member or friend to a doctor or therapist. It’s easy to get trapped in a spiral of dark thoughts when depressed, so reaching out to someone that cares about you is a great way to get some new perspective and it can help to remind you that you are not alone. 

Reduce stress

The more things or people we have in our lives that create stress and chaos, the more likely we are to stay in a mindset that isn’t healthy. Cut toxic people out of your life and adopt self-care practices that help to keep you in the present. It’s also important to get enough sleep and eat healthy foods that are good for both your mind and body. 

Another way to reduce stress is to try to stop putting things off and procrastinating as this will only cause you to feel more overwhelmed. This includes anything from work to household chores. Having a clean, uncluttered space to live in helps to unclutter your mind and gives you an overall sense of peace and tranquility. 

Make time to play 

Doing things that genuinely make you happy, while not avoiding any priorities and responsibilities, is vital for a happy and healthy state of mind. These don’t have to be grand outings or expeditions. Even the smallest things can help, like reading a book, getting into arts and crafts, taking a walk on the beach, exercising, catching up on your favourite tv shows, listening to music, or playing a video game. These can be extremely beneficial and help you to recharge and feel more fulfilled.

Be gentle with yourself 

Allow your feelings to come and go without judgement. Realise that you are not your thoughts or feelings. Simply let them come and go without guilt or shame. It is okay to not be okay every day. Self-care is so vital when it comes to supporting yourself through depression. 

You can try writing in a journal to help you practice gratitude, monitor your moods, get an idea of what triggers you and help you gain a better understanding of your depression. Remember that there are better days to look forward to. When you are feeling low, it’s important to remind yourself that you will feel better again. 

Therapy to treat depression

Working with a therapist is frequently necessary for successful depression management. A good therapist will help you to adjust your lifestyle and thought patterns, improve your self-esteem and give you tools to help you not only cope but begin to thrive. Seriously consider visiting a therapist if you find yourself in a dark hole – especially if you feel like you have no one else to talk to.


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Written by Taryn Hill

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