By Emma Carpenter, MA
Sometimes it helps to have a list of things prepared in advance to help you cope with moments that feel emotionally challenging.
4 tips for coping with depression
1.Challenge negative thoughts. Tell yourself 5 positive things for every 1 negative. Leave yourself little notes that say things like “You are worthy”, “You are loved”, “You are wanted”, “You matter”. Take care of your body. Practice yoga. Go for a walk. Go to the gym. Eat healthy foods, avoid sugars and fried/greasy foods. Drink lots of water. Cut back alcohol intake. Take vitamins.
2. Use meditation techniques to lessen the emotional toll. Visualize your depression as an object, color, or being that is outside of you in order to create space between you and it. When depression hits hard, remember that this is a wave taking you under but you will find the surface again.
3. Reach out to others for help. Ask friends to come over to distract you or keep you company. Go to a family member’s house. Open up to your partner about what’s going on. Go to therapy.
4.Practice other self care. Take a bubble bath. Make a pot of tea. Buy plants or flowers to keep around your home. Open the blinds and let natural light in. Volunteer at the local animal shelter.