How I Manage My Depressive Episodes

  • I try to focus on the present.  I often think of all my mistakes in the past and obsess on them.
  • I force myself to only sleep at night and if necessary, the bedroom is off limits for the day.
  • I take lots of showers and baths.
  • I make sure I eat/don’t binge eat because of depression
  • If I am in a very bad depression my husband stays home or my mother will come and stay with me during the day.  It is good to have someone around you so you don’t hurt yourself.
  • If need be I will go to a hospital or a crisis centre
  • My two cats are the most amazing little creatures; they give me so much comfort.
  • Don’t concentrate on stressful tasks.  Have someone help you with your housework and with the care of your children.
  • Take some time off of work if possible.  There are medical leaves for people suffering from depression; ask your doctor about it.
  • Take your medications.  If there are any drugs you could possibly overdose on ask someone to monitor them for you.
  • Try to force yourself to stay in contact with close friends and family.  It is so easy to drop out of society when you feel this way.  It will force you to concentrate on other things for a while.
  • Don’t watch talk shows!
  • Try to get out of the house, even if it is just for a short walk.  You don’t have to go places with lots of people.  Just around the block is often enough.
  • Let the sun shine in; don’t shut all your blinds and curtains.
  • Try to cut back on social (or other) obligations and responsibilities.
  • Don’t push yourself, be kind to yourself
  • Don’t beat yourself up
  • Distract yourself with easy calming activities such as crafts, reading (if you can concentrate), baking, etc.
  • Exercise has been medically proven to help with depression; or so I have been told.
  • It is important to be able to talk about your issues with a therapist or even just a good friend.  Find someone you trust and let it all out.  It is probably better to find a therapist or counselor because you will be more likely to share things with them than with a friend.  They cannot break your confidence and have the medical know how to help you deal with your problems.
  • Don’t go near alcohol or other mood altering substances because they won’t help.  I know.

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