Depression kills. It literally kills. And as much as we hate using the word “literally” because it makes you sound like a teenage girl (no offense teenage girls…carry on with your vernacular) and because English speakers have started to abuse it and many times even use it when they mean to say “figuratively” or “actually”…we will digress and use the word “literally” in its proper form. Depression is a terrible thing. It clouds your mind and makes you feel as though there is no escape from the hole into which you have fallen. In fact, the vast majority of suicides and drug abuse are in some way linked to depression. Even obesity is related. Why? Well, life gets you down, you get depressed, you eat, you gain weight, you lose self esteem, you get more depressed, you eat some more. It’s a vicious cycle. And however your depression manifests itself, it is critical to get help. There are doctors, therapists, and even drugs that can help you bring back that sunshine into your life. So, whether you or someone you know or love is suffering from depression, these are 25 ways to overcome depression and improve your mood!
When you’re depressed this is hard, but if you can distract yourself it will give you a chance to break the cycle of negative thoughts. Things like cooking are excellent for this.
Learn something new
You almost certainly don’t feel like like learning anything write now. What’s the point? But if you can bring yourself to learn something, whether it’s a language or a musical instrument it will give you some direction and redirect your thought life.
Use a sun lamp
If you live far from the equator, then Seasonal Affective Disorder may be causing your depression. An easy way to solve this is to buy a sun lamp.
Journals are a great way to get your thoughts out of your head. Depression has a way of jumbling everything up. Writing will help you sort it all out.
Talk to your friends
Usually when you are depressed you will sink away from your relationships, even the closest ones. Don’t do that. Reach out and talk to someone you haven’t talked to in a while. It can really shift your mood.