Twenty Ways To Beat Depression
1. Try not to spend
too much time with people who are miserable or pessimistic. Spend as much time
as you can with people who are cheerful and optimistic.
2. Try to spend
at least an hour every day doing something that you enjoy.
3. Take a
break. Go away for a few days if you can. Don't take work with you - and don't
tell anyone the telephone number.
4. Let yourself go occasionally. If you
feel tense or uptight go outside and smash a tennis ball or football. Or dig the
5. Learn to laugh. It really will make you feel better. Visit a
local joke shop or toy shop. Buy books and magazines that you find entertaining
and amusing rather than just educational. hire a funny video and invite one or
two friends round to enjoy it with you.
6. Visit your local travel agent
and pick up a collection of holiday brochures. Look through the illustrations
and imagine that you are there - soaking up the sun.
7. Write down your
problems. They'll seem less threatening when they're written down. And you'll be
able to tackle them more easily too.
8. Don't be afraid to cry. Tears
shed for emotional reasons contain special proteins - crying is a useful and
constructive way of dealing with sadness. Crying will make you feel rested,
calmer and happier.
9. Make sure that you have something to look forward
to - an outing, a trip to the cinema or a meeting with friends.
yourself a rocking chair. There is evidence to show that rocking backwards and
forwards produces calming, relaxing hormones.
11. Try to reduce your
exposure to stress and pressure. Look through your regular commitments - see
where you can cut back.
12. Build up your self-confidence. People who
suffer from depression often lack self-assurance. Write an advertisement for
yourself listing all your good qualities. Carry your advert with you and look at
it whenever you're feeling down.
13. Talk to your friends. Explain to
them how you feel. If they are real friends they will want to listen - and want
to help you. If you don't have any friends ring the Samaritans - the telephone
number will be in the phone book.
14. Get a friend to give you a massage
- it will help remove the tension from your muscles.
15. Go for a brisk
walk. take big, deep breaths. You'll feel revitalised.
16. Check your
diet. If you're eating irregularly or eating too much stodgy, junk food that can
make you feel tired, lethargic and depressed. Make sure that you're eating
plenty of fresh fruit. And remember - a little of what you fancy will do you
17. Make sure you get a good night's sleep. Do some hard physical
exercise - a brisk walk maybe - then soak in a hot bath for 15 minutes. Get into
bed with a good book. Or a partner you love. (Sex is a real antidote to mild
18. Take up a new hobby - maybe something that you've always
wanted to try. If you can't think of anything you want to try pop into your
local library - you'll soon get some ideas.
19. Try to decide what is
making you feel depressed. If you can change things do so. If you can't find an
explanation talk to your doctor.
20. Have you got your priorities right?
Make a list of the five most important things in your life. Do you spend enough
time on them?
Copyright Vernon Coleman