What are some coping mechanisms I can use to help with my depression?

Try these coping mechanisms to help with depression:
  • Don't be so hard on yourself. Inner thoughts can be destructive, not constructive. That "critical inner voice" takes away your power. Practice self-compassion. Ask yourself if you're angry. Sometimes anger can be tough to accept, and instead of expressing it, we suppress it, turning it inward, which can lead to depression.
  • Be active. Walking, cycling, exercising. It all counts to help release the mood-elevating endorphins we have. It's a big depression fighter! And the benefits of getting out into the fresh air and sunshine can't be overestimated.
  • Don't be a shut-in. Socializing and being around other people -- especially happy people -- helps lift your mood. Even if you don't know the people around you, it feels good to be out and about rather than sitting alone and feeling sorry for yourself.
  • Set goals. Depression may make you feel like you can't put one foot in front of the other and can make you feel as if you're walking through quicksand. But if you set goals -- especially for things you enjoy doing -- you will be much more likely to do whatever you're not doing now!
And, remember, if you feel like you might be depressed, don't delay talking with your health care professional. There are screening criteria they will use to determine if you suffer from any form of depression. Then treatments can begin that may include self care, talk therapy, medication or a combination.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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Living with depression can feel like a challenge, but with the right tools, you can learn to successfully manage your condition. It's important to follow the recommendations of your primary healthcare provider, take any depression ...

medication as prescribed and utilize the social supports around you. It's also important to eat well, get enough sleep, exercise and keep track of your depression symptoms.

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