6 top tips for coping with depression
You might not feel like exercising but anything you can do may help, this is because exercise releases endorphins which are the ‘happy hormones’ in our brains. Even if you can’t go out, try putting on your favourite music and dancing around.
The NHS recommend adults exercise for 150 minutes a week but don’t worry if you can’t do that. Start slowly and build up.
Try not to isolate yourself
It’s likely that you aren’t going to feel much like staying in touch with friends. You might have very low self esteem and low self confidence. You are probably worried about upsetting or boring your friends. I know it’s really hard but try and stay in touch with others even if it’s a phone call or a text.
Try to have a routine
You may just want to stay in bed all day and try and sleep but if you can manage to get up at the same time each day and get into a routine of having something to eat and then set little tasks for yourself; however small, this could help. Perhaps, reward yourself with little things eg: a bath (if you like them), or, a movie on the TV or a favourite programme - when you complete a task.
Celebrate small wins
When depressed, even the smallest of tasks can feel huge so perhaps keep a log of all the things you do manage, cleaning your teeth, taking a bath or a shower, getting dressed etc. As humans we have a tendency to focus on the negatives. For every one good thing that happens we concentrate on 4 negatives.
Try not to avoid things
When anxious it can be tempting to avoid things but doing this will encourage fear. If going to the shop makes you feel anxious, try to go. Maybe start by just getting to the door of the shop and gradually build up to going in.
It can be easy to avoid eating or to overeat. Try to eat a balanced diet. For more tips on eating well search ‘food and diet’ on the NHS website. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
I know that the above is much easier said than done but any one of the above may help tip the balance from a bad day to more of a good day. Feel free to let me know how you get on and if you want to find out more about Counselling and how I work, please get in touch.
If you need help in a crisis dial 999 in an emergency. Samaritans can be contacted free on 116 123 or contact your GP.
NHS tips for coping with depression Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/dealing-with-depression [Accessed 14th March 2018]