Depression can take on many different forms. It can cause exhaustion, where suddenly you want to sleep for five days straight and the thought of having to get out of bed seems completely impossible. It can make you completely unmotivated, introverted, and tell yourself lies about your appearance and self-worth. It can make you feel 100% alone in the world, and, without the proper management, can take over your life.
Our society still has a stigma against mental health issues, and until we start being more open about our own struggles, it will remain this way. The following 30 people offer advice on how they deal with depression, ranging from promoting self-care to simply trying to find humor in the little things.
These tips can help you improve your quality of life even if you're lucky enough not to have to deal with chronic depression. After all, who couldn't benefit from more snuggles from their furry friends?!
Take a cold shower
I take a cold shower every day regardless of the weather — it's been over a year and a half now. I don't know what… https://t.co/UyXrLCgzlz— Ahmed Anssaien (@Ahmed Anssaien)1562074744.0
Celebrate small victories
I re-calibrate my definition of “successful” and “productive” and celebrate the tiny victories instead. 1. Gettin… https://t.co/GdLKcchXtx— Elizabeth Esther (@Elizabeth Esther)1560962609.0
Have something to look forward toEven if it's something seemingly small, like brunch with friends or weekend trip, having something to look forward to can help keep you moving forward and keep your eye on the "prize" rather than focusing on your depression.
Pet your fur babiesThere's a reason why dogs become therapy animals. They're able to sense when we're feeling anxious or sad and provide extra snuggles and kisses until we feel better. Can you imagine a better therapy than that?
Get some rest
Have you ever gone to sleep feeling sad or anxious, and woke up feeling in a much better mood the next morning? Tha… https://t.co/M0G36P93kU— BrightBuying (@BrightBuying)1561248049.0
Know that you're not alone
Realizing I'm not the only one...😢 #HowIFightDepression https://t.co/tr8DDNR8YS— 💜Ⓙⓔⓢⓢⓨ💜 (@💜Ⓙⓔⓢⓢⓨ💜)1560929282.0
Put your best face forwardEven a swipe of lipstick can instantly brighten my mood.
Cuddle with loved ones
I took a walk around town with my 7 month old daughter. No stroller, I just carried her around cuz she likes to rea… https://t.co/rsMlxjGmQ6— Chner (@Chner)1560927121.0
Take your meds
You are not alone. Medication doesn't make you weak. My depression and anxiety threatened to ruin everything I buil… https://t.co/ykfG1fsBsP— NerdyNursey (@NerdyNursey)1561476738.0
Art is #HowIFightDepression https://t.co/3VwA0g6xvW— Brett Kaufman (@Brett Kaufman)1561345515.0
I take my medication. I go to therapy. I have people who help make sure I eat well. I have dogs that comfort me and… https://t.co/4c0yz7dOJf— Charley (@Charley)1560941831.0
Hang with your favorite feline
#HowIFightDepression Cats, I can't stress this enough, but cats just have a calm, loving effect & know when you ne… https://t.co/aZPwDcOaUV— Mac The Cat 🐱 (@Mac The Cat 🐱)1560963878.0
If you are having a bad day, remember to meditate and explore your self-help! #HowIFightDepression #Help… https://t.co/5zT8DRnu5l— KP (@KP)1561606126.0
Stay in the momentThinking too far into the future just creates anxiety. Start off small and go from there.
Music makes all the difference
#HowIFightDepression: Honestly, it’s hard to fight depression. Trying to get 3+ hours of sleep, eating properly, no… https://t.co/oF9frkr4xc— Maria Do (@Maria Do)1560933491.0
Be open with your issues
By helping others, talking about my struggles & doing what I feel is right is #HowIFightDepression.— Russell Davis (@Russell Davis)1560926958.0
Talk to a professional
#HowIFightDepression: I go to weekly therapy. I take medication. I read @maggiesmithpoet’s reminders to keep moving… https://t.co/vgMUQlpECt— Jackie Mitchell (@Jackie Mitchell)1560972728.0
Hit the road
Long drives and loud music 💕 #HowIFightDepression— 𝔼𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕙 𝔸𝕟𝕘𝕖𝕝 🦋 (@𝔼𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕙 𝔸𝕟𝕘𝕖𝕝 🦋)1561288527.0
Gain some perspective
I don't fight my depression, nor do I demonize it. When it reappears & distorts my perspective, I recognize it for… https://t.co/FFleW6TZJy— girl untitled (@girl untitled)1560985987.0
Let yourself be rescued
#HowIFightDepression - with Lily. She knows when I'm feeling down, I dont know how but she always does. She rescued… https://t.co/0jitDyvPBD— JP (@JP)1560956830.0
Find humor in the little things
#HowIFightDepression LAUGH AT SILLY THINGS "The name is Bond, James Bond, and you are?" https://t.co/syhkSSfzwm— Anaglogs Daughter (@Anaglogs Daughter)1560956096.0
Enjoy a good cryIt sounds counterproductive, but a good cry can actually make me feel instantly better and more capable of tackling my issues. Give it a try next time you're feeling down.
Don't believe the lies
Remember that depression tells terrible lies. They are so believable when I'm in that dark place, but whever I cra… https://t.co/tlNYQWKW1s— Jenny Lawson (@Jenny Lawson)1560952913.0
Embrace. Accept. Move on #HowIFightDepression— Everything is Everything ✊🏼 (@Everything is Everything ✊🏼)1561339379.0
Do the best you canYou're only human. Do the best you can, and try not to beat yourself up.
Be there for others
#HowIFightDepression Focusing on helping someone whose problems are bigger – or simply different – than my own. D… https://t.co/AxjIU1MtBE— Chase Masterson (@Chase Masterson)1560982400.0
Don't allow yourself to feel guilty
#HowIFightDepression is to stop feeling ashamed. shame makes you feel guilty. guilty for putting yourself first. st… https://t.co/oVVS2U3mdN— Jordan Doww (@Jordan Doww)1560977871.0
Remind myself that things are not always as bad as they seem just as they are not always as good as they seem. A sh… https://t.co/muaS3y894F— Ken Shelton (@Ken Shelton)1560975175.0
Get some fresh air
For me it's always- go outside & get space. Breath, journal a lot, listen to music #HowIFightDepression— Rachel Miner (@Rachel Miner)1560970400.0
#HowIFightDepression With humour. Depression hates humour.— Dyslexic_aDve (@Dyslexic_aDve)1560958638.0