How To Cope With Depression

Thanks in advance for sharing! Jeanne :)

As well as the typical treatments, there are certain tips, which can help you, cope with depressions.

How To Cope With Depression

• Set your alarm, get up, and get dressed every day, even if you have nowhere to be. There are a lot of days where you won’t want to, but it’s helpful to give your day purpose when you struggle to find yours.

• Familiarize yourself with relaxation techniques to manage your stress. There is meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, and more.

• Go for a walk every day, even if it’s just a short fifteen-minute walk around the block.

• Exercise at least four days out of the week. Aim for 30-minute workouts, but don’t worry if you have to start out with shorter stints and work up to that.

• Start practicing your hobbies again, even better if they require physical activity and socializing.

• Socialize with friends; aim to meet up with someone at least once a week. It can be at your home or a coffee shop, just don’t withdraw.

• Be open with your feelings, whether it’s with your friends, romantic partner, parent, or a pastor. You need an outlet for the emotions that you’re experiencing, bottling them up won’t help you deal with your depression.

• Speak to your doctor about a support group; it’s helpful to hear from other people who are going through the same issues that you are.

• Avoid falling back on your harmful habits as a coping mechanism, if that means keeping alcohol, junk food, and cigarettes out of your home, then so be it.

• If you’ve experienced a heart event speak to your doctor about a cardiac rehabilitation program, this includes an exercise program (whether at home or at a center, as well as providing a support group).

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Tips For Family Members

• If you suspect a loved one is suffering from depression gently, encourage them to speak to their doctor. You can’t force them to go, but people who are suffering from depression often don’t realize that it’s happening to them. Just be gentle in your approach.

• Take the time to learn as much about depression as you can so you have a level of understanding about what your loved one is going through. It will help you deal with their behavior and reactions.

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• Depression does not mean that your loved one is weak or that they have failed, it’s a disorder with a variety of components. You wouldn’t shame them for recovering from a broken leg, so don’t think tough love is an appropriate reaction.

• Help them put their treatment plan into practice, whether it’s coping techniques or working on their problem-solving skills. Support is key.

• Check in to make sure they are taking their medications properly and that they are attending any scheduled therapy sessions. Offer to go with them, whether they want you in the room or for you to sit in the waiting room – it’s a daunting experience and support is helpful.

• It’s normal for depression to be expressed as irritability, hostility, or outright rejection. Don’t take it to heart – it’s not personal. Continue offering your loved one support. It will be draining, but it’s important – just make sure that you look after yourself by practicing self-care. Depression is a liar and it often makes people shut themselves away, leaving them lonely and isolated.

• Don’t push them to go out and do things. Instead, put the power in their hands. So, don’t suggest grabbing dinner, instead say you’d love to go out to eat and ask what restaurant they’d like to go. Once treatment begins it will take at least three weeks for you to see any improvement, and full recovery will take months. It’s an ongoing process, so when you see improvements take notice of and offer praise.

• While it’s important that you don’t force them to socialize, it is vital that you find a way to reward them for doing so.

• Support groups are available for you, too. Don’t be afraid to visit one – you can also attend a group therapy session if it will help.

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Thanks in advance for sharing! Jeanne :)

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