Depression affects more than 16 million American adults each year and is the leading cause of disability for people between the ages of 15 and 44.
Are you one of those 16 million people? Are you wondering how to deal with depression?
Well, we’ve got 6 tips for you. 6 healthy ways to help you cope with your depression and get you feeling better.
- Find a Therapist to Find Out How to Deal With Depression
Finding a therapist is a great way to start figuring out how to deal with depression. Your therapist can teach you skills and coping mechanisms that you can use to supplement the other coping mechanisms listed here.
On top of that, a therapist can help you discover what’s at the core of your depression and help you work through some of your darker spells. They can even help you get to the bottom of your negative core beliefs that may be causing some of your depression. (More on that later.)
Additionally, since depression is linked to addictions like alcoholism and drug use, having a therapist can help you deal with this addiction.
- Develop a Positive Routine
Find a routine that helps you feel good and that is filled with positivity. Do things like starting your day with positive affirmations (“I am worthy of love”) and end your day by completing a gratitude journal. In this journal, you can list things that happened that day that are good or that you’re thankful for.
Doing things like this will help you maintain positivity and help to lighten your spirits and your mood.
- Practice Mindfulness and Meditation
Practiced mindfulness and meditation can help reduce symptoms of depression. It can help manage stress and reduce anxiety which can both trigger depression.
Additionally, it will help you be mindful of your thoughts and what’s going on in your brain, making it easier to identify when your thoughts are straying towards negativity or when you’re engaging with your negative beliefs.
- Identify and Challenge Negative Beliefs
This is particularly important as those negative beliefs can keep you mired in your depression even when you want to get out. When negative thoughts happen – things like thinking you’re bad, feeling hopeless, or getting down on yourself – then it can increase your depression.
It’s important to identify when these thoughts are happening (again, mindfulness and meditation can help with this) and challenge them:
I am not worthless. I deserve good things. Things will get better.
- Stay Connected and Social
Staying connected and being social is super important because it’s important to build up a support network to help you when you’re feeling down. Friends and family can help remind you that you’re loved and good and can be a powerful factor in challenging negative beliefs.
- Get Yourself Moving
An oldie but a goodie. Exercise and movement help with endorphins, so getting yourself moving and exercising can help with depression.
In fact, it’s one of the most important tools in your recovery.
To get the most out of it try and exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. And it’s okay to start small – even a 10-minute walk can improve your mood.
Have you read these 6 tips and find yourself still searching for information and strategies? No worries! We have more.
Check out this post for 4 more ways how to deal with depression.