Depression: 7 Best and Easiest Steps You Can Take To Help Yourself

Everyone experiences a slight depression from time to time for a variety of reasons. Maybe you just broke up with your significant other, got a divorce, a loved one has died, your pet has died, or you’ve lost your job and you’re having trouble finding another one. Mourning these losses is normal, expected, and in fact healthy, for a reasonable period of time.

There are many reasons why people go through a short, usually limited depression from time to time, and it is perfectly normal. It is only when the depression hangs on overly long or gets worse that it becomes a serious problem. In that case you should seek professional help.

It is important to try to keep your spirits up. Before depression becomes a serious issue, there are things you can do yourself that may improve your outlook and help you keep a positive attitude while you work through whatever problem may have set it off.

Even Minor Depression Affects Your Whole Life and Your Body

Depression affects your whole life and can have a profoundly negative affect on various aspects of your life. It can sabotage your job prospects, destroy a relationship, and sadly, even lead to suicide. Yes, and it can even cause negative physical affects on your body.

Do not let depression make itself at home in your mind. It is fine to mourn an important loss like the death of a loved one, or the breakup of an important relationship, or the loss of a job, or some other major catastrophe for a certain period of time, but after what is a reasonable time of mourning for whatever has happened in your life, you need to be learning how to cope with what has become, like it or not, a new normal in your life.

The “reasonable mourning time” will vary according to exactly what event has triggered the depression, and the personality of the individual experiencing the loss or change.

We do not all cope with disaster in the same way, and allowance must be made for that fact. Further, it is expected that it will take longer to learn to cope with the major events mentioned; loss of a loved one, loss of a job, etc., than it will to move on from the damage or destruction of a family heirloom, or a relatively minor car accident, for example.

When it feels to you like your depression is taking too long to lift, if you are having suicidal thoughts, or if friends and family who care about you are very concerned that your depression is becoming a major issue, it is time to consult a professional. Do not let depression get such a hold on you that you allow it to sabotage your job search efforts, so that you affect your children’s lives adversely on a daily basis, or that you actually make an attempt on your own life. These are just a few of the negative affects depression can have on an individual. Seek help from a professional in these situations, and do it quickly.

Steps You Can Take That May Help Lift Your Depression or Prevent It From Getting Worse.

For less serious depression, or depression that is just getting underway, there are a few steps you can take to help yourself. By making an early intervention on your own behalf, you may be able to help yourself work through whatever event has triggered your depression, and possibly prevent your depression from worsening.

Music

Yes, play uplifting music throughout the day. I often recommend Sousa marches, but one of my favorite songs is Old Fashioned Rock and Roll by Bob Seger. There are lots of songs that make you want to get up and move. Play some of them at various intervals all through your day. Have them on your cell phone or CD player so that when your spirits dip low for too long, or you’re feeling sad, you can push a button and hear some rousing music that will immediately lift your spirits.

If your sadness is due to the loss of a loved one, clearly you will not feel like dancing right after you have come home from the wake or funeral, but after two or three weeks, you may want to start lifting your spirits. My guess is that your loved one would not want you to wallow in emotional pain for the rest of your life and would expect and want you to move on.

That does not mean you forget about your lost loved one, but rather that you gradually take steps to learn to live life without them. No matter how sad you are or how long you mourn, you cannot reverse their passing, so keep them in your heart. When you think of them, remember the best of times and be happy for the time you had then in your life.

Exercise

Exercise has been proven in many studies to improve one’s outlook. Regular, daily exercise for 20 to 30 minutes everyday can make a world of difference in how you feel about life. Play some rousing music while you do your workout. Exercise that gets you up and moving not only burns more calories, but also makes you feel better.

Get Outdoors Into Some Bright Sunshine

If possible, get outside and enjoy some bright sunshine. If necessary, make it possible! It has been determined through many studies that people generally feel at their lowest point during the hours of darkness, and during dull, dreary weather. If a person can be persuaded to postpone their suicide intentions until the sun comes up (or out again), most of the time they will not follow through with their suicide.

There is something about sunshine and being out where you can see beyond the limits of a dark room that brightens a person’s outlook and creates hope. Go outside for a few minutes, take a walk around the block, have a conversation over the garden fence with a neighbor, go to the park and watch the children playing, and get yourself a bushel basket of hope. Do it everyday.

Help Someone Worse Off Than Yourself, or Just Help Someone In Need.

Everyone needs some help once in a while no matter who they are or how perfect their life may seem.

Knowing that there are other people worse off than oneself does not always do the trick by itself, but getting to know those people and lending a hand can make the difference. Making a positive contribution to someone else’s life, helping in a way that you know has made a difference for them, even a small, but positive difference, can lift one’s spirits immeasurably.

Help someone carry their groceries up the stairs, give someone a lift to the doctor, volunteer at a not for profit organization. Do these things regularly everyday so that you make a positive contribution to your community and people in need living there. Knowing someone is better off for your help and that your efforts are appreciated and needed, and that if you were not there you would be missed, always feels good, so give yourself a chance to feel good everyday.

Make A List of Thing You Enjoy Doing

List your favorite things to do, especially if you have stopped doing them because you just do not feel like it. Force yourself if need be, to do one or more of the things on your list everyday. Be good to yourself. Always be your own best friend.

Develop or Maintain A Regular Routine

Keep a regular schedule and force yourself to keep if necessary. Having structure in your life, not to the point of being regimented, but having regular activities, a regular time to start your day, and a regular time to go to bed, will help your outlook. Take a walk around the block or to the park everyday around the same time. Visit a shut-in friend around the same time everyday.

Set Goals For Yourself

Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time? Learn how to do it and schedule time to work on it everyday. Set reasonable goals for accomplishing your new skill.

Spend at least an hour everyday if you are unemployed, searching for work or networking with other people in the same situation. Take at least an hour everyday to build up your endurance exercising so that you can loose weight and improve your health. Spend at least an hour everyday learning about and practicing a new skill. Take lessons if necessary.

Do Not Go Into a Denial State of Mind

If you are experiencing severe depression, or if you have been experiencing depression for a long time, do not pretend you are not or ignore your symptoms. Do not lie to yourself about what you are feeling. You cannot solve a problem until you recognize there is a problem.

For some reason people have no problem understanding when their other organs are malfunctioning, but when their brain is having trouble coping they imagine it is related to strength of character.

Like all the other organs in the body, the brain has certain requirements in order to function as it should. There are a lot of reasons why a person’s brain may not be healthy. Brain chemicals and hormones can make a huge difference in how clearly one thinks or how one feels and behaves.

Physical illness or accident can cause brain issues. Major emotional events can trigger serious brain malfunction and that is because what a person thinks and experiences affects the chemical balance in a person’s brain. There are many variables that can cause the brain to fall into a depression.

If the steps outlined above do not help and your depression has gone on for more than a month, consult a professional psychologist or psychiatrist for help. Do not take the chance that your condition may end in tragedy, and do not spend your life feeling bad. Get the help you need so that you can enjoy your life to its fullest.

Symptoms of Depression

Here is a list of symptoms of depression from the Mayo Clinic.

Feelings of sadness or unhappiness

Irritability or frustration, even over small matters

Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities

Reduced sex drive

Insomnia or excessive sleeping

Changes in appetite — depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it causes increased cravings for food, and weight gain

Agitation or restlessness — for example, pacing, hand-wringing, or an inability to sit still

Irritability or angry outbursts

Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements

Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration

Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy — even small tasks may seem to require a lot of effort

Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren't going right

Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things

Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide

Crying spells for no apparent reason

Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

For some people, depression symptoms are so severe that it's obvious something isn't right. Other people feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.

Depression affects each person in different ways, so symptoms caused by depression vary from person to person. Inherited traits, age, gender and cultural background all play a role in how depression may affect you.

More info: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/depression/ds00175/dsection=symptoms

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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas Author

Minnetonka Twin, Linda, thank you for coming back and voting on and sharing this article. Thank you for your high praise and for sharing your personal experience.


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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Patricia (pstraubie48), for reading and commenting on this article and for sharing your personal experience. I say several times that one shouldn't mess around with depression, but get professional help if it becomes more than a little bit of the blues. If one engages in one or more of the activities listed here it may be possible to prevent going into a profound, deep depression, but it if isn't working, then professional help is the solution and no procrastinating about it.

Thank you again, also for the votes, share and always for the angels!


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Minnetonka Twin 20 months ago from Minnesota

My second time coming to this hub. It's very informative and helpful for anyone struggling with it. I have learned how to best to handle depression when it hits me. I exercise, meditate, do things for myself that make me happy, take medication, etc.,

You did a great job on this article. Voted Up, Hit many buttons and Sharing.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

Hi AuFait

I do not think I have commented on this.It is a topic that is very significant to many including myself (I have written about it as well).

I was clinically depressed about 35ish years ago. It was a lonely frightening dark scary place to be.

And it crept up on me and enveloped me, tried to consume me, tried to take my life entirely away before I even knew or understood what was happening.

Many factors contributed to this descent into Hell ...and climbing out of that chasm, that smothering abyss, took time and serious reflection.

The good news is that I recognize any signs that my world may be a bit 'off' now...and will no longer sink into that scary place. That does not mean that I will not mourn the loss of those who leave the planet too soon or when I face some huge disappointment, but it means that I am prepared and equipped to cope now.

Great tips, AuFait, for anyone who is going through mild depression.

Angels are on the way to you.

Voted up++++ and shared ps


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for coming back to comment on this article again, and for the votes and share on FB and with your followers. These steps are mainly to help get through the occasional bad times most of us experience from time to time. If someone is experiencing depression due to menopause, and especially from post partum, or bipolar, they should be seeing a professional. If it's hormone related it may take more than uplifting music and exercise to make a difference. With bipolar and post partum depression, it can be dangerous to self-treat.

Thanks again for your interest in this issue. More people need to take it seriously. :)


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Paul Kuehn 21 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

I am revisiting this hub again because it is so fitting and useful for a lot of people. A lot of people don't really realize the depression that a lot of women experience during menopause. Also, if someone is bipolar, they will experience a lot of bouts with depression. Your suggestions for dealing with depression are outstanding. Voted up as awesome and useful and sharing with HP followers and on Facebook.


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Patricia (pstraubie48) for reading and commenting on this article. I did state more than once that one should consult a professional if experiencing a serious depression, but often times the person going through it doesn't realize what's happening and those around them, as you pointed out, think depression is less important than a paper cut and so no help is consulted. These steps I've listed are great for avoiding depression or getting out of light depression, but professional help is best if it is worse than that. So many people attempt or succeed at suicide because of depression and so often because no one takes it seriously.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

True...these are really good suggestions and do help stave off depression. If one is in the grips of a clinical depression getting help is crucial.

Often times those around the depressed person tell them to get a grip, get over it, when that person is powerless to do so.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

DeborahDian, thank you for reading, sharing your friend's experience, and for sharing this article. I'm so glad you like this article and I wish it could help more people before expensive professional help is the only alternative left, however this article is and has been idled for quite a while, so it's not indexed by Google. The only way to find it is to visit my profile page and peruse the various articles listed.


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DeborahDian 22 months ago from Orange County, California

I have had two friends recently who told me that they are depressed. Both have had a lot of family issues, so their depression is understandable. However, I thought I would forward your article to them so they would have some ideas about how to help themselves. I really appreciate this article.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you JayeWisdom for bringing attention to this important issue. The Wong article is the most informative and I highly recommend it.


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

Thanks for the article recommendations, Au fait. While I've suffered from causal depression during my lifetime, I've never had clinical depression or other mental health disorders that include severe and ongoing depression. I've studied enough about these issues to understand intellectually how they affect people and can empathize, but until one has actually felt the same way, it's not completely possible to understand on an emotional level. It's been very important for me to study them, however, because these situations exist in my family and among friends.

I'm fortunate not to personally suffer from clinical depression because I am very disillusioned about the violence, hatred and sheer idiocy running amok on the planet. It's not too far a stretch of the imagination to realize that someone who already feels hopeless and helpless about life just could not accept the realities of today's world any longer.

Thanks for sharing your views, and I'll read both Hankscita's hub and Wong's article.

Take care.....Jaye


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

JayeWisdom, thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns on this issue and for the votes and share. It is indeed important to take depression that lasts too long and that interferes too much with one's life seriously.

I hope you know that Robin Williams was under the care of a professional and had been most of his life as he suffered from depression since childhood. Not all depression is the result of one's surroundings, experiences, or recent/current situations. Some are the result of chemicals in the brain and/or other 'abnormal' conditions in the brain.

For some reason people have no problem understanding a broken leg or a severe cut or damage to one's ears or eyes, but when it comes to brains most people seem to imagine they are immune to all harm or malfunction for any reason, perhaps because people can't actually see the brain and therefore view it's injury, disease, or inability to function in what we call a 'normal' way.

Not everyone sees the world the same way. In an interview with NPR Robin Williams said this, "'I get bummed, like I think a lot of us do at certain times. You look at the world and go, 'Whoa.' Other moments you look and go, 'Oh, things are OK.'"

Here is a comment I left on the hub 'Do You Just Disappear,' by Hank Scita, about a week before coming across Robin Williams' statement above:

"Very interesting. I really think most suicidal people give clues that they are considering suicide but no one wants to be bothered. Lots of people say they would do anything they could to help change that person's perspective if only they had known, but in fact they are too focused on themselves to even catch those clues.

People choose suicide because nothing is working. They lose hope that things will ever get better than they are and have always been. They look around the world and see all the selfishness, arrogance, mean spiritedness, and worse, and they just don't want to be a part of that anymore. Everything looks hopeless and it is losing hope that is the last straw.

The people around them make it just too hard to get out of bed and face the world. It's always the same petty crap day after day. What do we learn from that? What lesson is in that garbage that is so important?

The Bible gives examples of what the hereafter will be like. As many times as I have read the Bible I have never found anything that indicates what happens to people who kill themselves. I'll have to try and focus on that next time around and see if I've been missing something. It never fails that I discover and learn something new every time I read the Bible."

I left the above comment on the Hankscita hub before I came across Robin Williams' statement regarding his perspective on life. Do you see how we have both said the same things? That sometimes when we look around we see a hopeless world that only gets more and more viciously hateful and violent with each passing moment, while other times it seems like a world that is workable, if just barely. Most people seem to let the ugliness in our world wash off them like water off a duck, it has little if any affect on them, but some of us don't.

So far, very few people have read the above statements and made any sense of them. What does that say about people?

Not everyone views the world in the same way and many people make the mistake of imagining that everyone is like themselves (it's called false consensus in psychology). So when they read what Robin Williams or myself have to say about why people commit suicide, it makes no sense to them and they go away still not having the answer to their why. It wasn't an answer they wanted to hear, or maybe they just can't understand the answer.

It seems like for many people mine and Robin Williams' answers were the same as when they pray to God for something and He doesn't give it to them or doesn't give it immediately. They go away from their prayer thinking God is ignoring them, He hasn't answered them. They think that because His answer wasn't the answer they wanted. His answer was either 'NO," or "Not now." Neither answer is to their desire and so they say God didn't answer their prayer. He did answer it. He said no. God is not a yes man.

Mr. Williams and I have both answered the question about why some people commit suicide, but no one wants to believe this world could be so horrible that some of us would rather not be in it. They don't want to accept that they may be a part of the reason why some of us find this world so unhappy and just plain miserable to live in.

I guess most people are happier than 2 bugs in a rug with this world and all the ugliness in it, so to them their question of why people commit suicide has not been answered, when in fact it has. It was not the answer they wanted.

Not everyone commits suicide for the reason Mr. Williams did, or for the similar reason that I have given, but an awful lot of people do. People who do not fit in and never will because they have a different view of the world and that view is not much appreciated by the masses.

David Wong, editor of Crack magazine wrote an excellent article on this subject titled: Why Funny People Kill Themselves. I recommend the article and you can find it by putting the article's title and Wong's name in the Google search box.


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

Au fait - This is an excellent and important article to help people both recognize when they're suffering from depression and some actions they can take to reduce it. It is crucial that you urged getting professional help if the depression continues or worsens. Depression should be taken very, very seriously.

Voted Up+++ and shared

Jaye


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Lisavanvoorst, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts and experience on this issue! I was unemployed for 3 years and was getting ready to move into my car when I got the job I have now and I'm still underemployed. So glad things are better for you!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Rebeccamealey, thank you for stopping by and commenting!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you, Shyron, for stopping by and voting on and pinning/sharing this article! I have more than a touch of it and that is why I can't get anything done. What did you hear 'yesterday?' Hope it wasn't bad news.

Strangely it hasn't been hot enough to dry my car out . . . have a great Sunday!


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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

A very well written hub. Depression as you said comes in many forms. I was very depressed when I was out of work for 23 months and no matter how hard I job searched and how many interviews, I still could not find a job. Winter was especially depressing. Learning to cope and the suggestions you gave do really help. I have now been employed for three months and my spirits are up and so is my income! Thank you for a great hub!


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

These 7 tips to help cope with depression are simple and straight forward.Well thought out hub.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

I came back to share this again, I think I have a touch of this right now. Have to research what I heard yesterday, before letting it get me down.

Voting this up, UAI, sharing and pinning.

Blessings my friend, I hope your car had dried out.

Shyron


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

PegCole17, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this important issue. Everyone feels a little down sometimes when things aren't going well, but usually things get better and the activities I've outlined here are proven to be helpful to most people in mild depression. It's a good idea to do some of them even if one must force themselves so that one doesn't get down in the dumps so far it's even harder to get back out.

The blues are normal in certain situations. The profound depressions some people experience are a combination of things and often include some chemical imbalances. Light to severe depression can even be a sympton of thyroid disease or other physical disorder, so if depression doesn't get better with these activities within a couple of weeks, seeing a medical doctor should be the next step.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These suggestions you've shared are great ways to pick ourselves up when we're feeling down. Life can really throw us some curves at times. I'm sorry to hear that you have suffered from depression following job loss and the loss of loved ones. Those things are so difficult to get past.

There was a point in my life when I was extremely depressed and nearly ended it all. My marriage ended and I had to leave everything behind; my house, my car, my beloved young step son and my precious dog. Thankfully, I made it out of that situation and began a new life somewhere else. I moved out of state and started over as if I were an entirely new person. It took a while to get past those events, but it was well worth the journey. Life is not easy, but hopefully we learn to make the best of it everyday.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Queen Hypatia, thank you for sharing your thoughts. It is strange that the greatest loneliness can often be experienced in a crowd. Clearly physical and emotional closeness are not the same.


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Queen Hypatia 2 years ago

This advice can be very helpful to many if only they can find it before their depression becomes too deep. Is it not strange that the smaller and more crowded the world becomes, the more alone so many people feel?


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for your high praise and for sharing this article. Most people who are experiencing a light depression can help themselves. It's really just profound depression that requires help, though one should also seek assistance if their depression deepens, or to make sure it isn't fueled by physical problems. A lot of physical disorders, like thyroid disease for example, can be the cause of depression. When the thyroid issue is addressed the depression goes away.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

This time of year can be especially difficult for people who struggle with depression. While it may be helpful to consult with a doctor, everyone who is prone to depression should also learn how to help themselves. This article is one of the best I have ever read on the topic and I am happy to share it again with my followers.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for sharing this article!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Came back to share this hub once again because so often the holidays exacerbate symptoms of depression. Hopefully it will help some people get past this.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Moonlake, thank you for pinning this article!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for stopping by and for sharing this article again. I hope it will be helpful to as many people as possible. Depression is no fun.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Came back to pin this hub. Full of good information.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

The holidays can be very difficult for many people who feel lonely, sad or depressed. I am sharing this again so people will realize that there are some steps they can take to help themselves through this tough time of year.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Paul Kuehn for stopping back. I wish I could take credit for the information I gave you regarding elder depression, but in fact I learned it in the many PSYC classes I completed.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Paul (fpherj48) for reading and commenting, voting and pinning this article! These are all tried and true activities that I learned about in my PSYC classes. They work for most people who are experiencing the light depression that we all have from time to time. I say light because even though it can be very painful it is much more easily dealt with than profound depression, which requires the help of a professional.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

DDE, thank you for stopping by.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Au fait,

Your thoughts about depression in older people are really well stated.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Paul Kuehn for reading and commenting on this hub, and for tweeting and pinning and sharing this article on FB and with your followers, too!

Older people tend to become depressed more often than young people probably because their lives are often more limited. Many if not most of them get really depressed when institutionalized in nursing homes or assisted living situations.

Older men are more prone to depression than women and that is partly because of a man's innate nature. Men need to feel useful and they need to believe they are contributing in a worthwhile way. Retiring is very difficult for a lot of men because suddenly they have nothing to do and feel useless as a result.

Men more than women need to plan for their retirement and find something that they both enjoy and that they feel makes a worthwhile contribution to their families or society or somebody. Of course if an elderly man (or woman) is limited in mobility they will tend to become depressed because they lose hope that things will get better largely because of their age. After all, at a certain age things just aren't going to get better, true?

It's important for all older people to stay involved and connected. Like I pointed out in my article on Poverty Kills, one of the side affects of poverty can be isolation from other people. When an older person loses their spouse it is imperative that they find another person with whom they can connect and bond with. It need not be sexual in nature and it doesn't have to be a significant other. It just has to be someone they have a close relationship with and with whom they have frequent contact. Otherwise they will likely die before much time passes, say 6 months to a year, because the loneliness is just too profound.

There, that's my psychobabble for now . . .;)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Au fait.....BRAVO, for sharing this with your readers. Wonderful, helpful suggestions to handle an all too common issue for so many. Yes, as you have pointed out so well, there are steps one can take to help lessen the severity and/or frequency of these unwelcome bouts of depression.

This hub can potentially make an enormous difference for many of your readers. VotedUp +++ and pinned!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Depression 7 Best and Easiest Steps You Can Take To Help Yourself very helpful and informative, a useful and interesting facts here on this topic. You have created a hub to help many readers to learn more about depression excellent idea thanks


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Au Fait,

This is another awesome hub which I found both interesting and useful. I remember feeling quite depressed one summer living on the farm when I was 15. My parents cured my depression in a hurry by arranging for me to take a train ride up to Marshfield on the old Sioux Line RR to visit my maternal grandparents. According to my mother, my father suffered from depression during the last year of his life. One of the things she insisted on him doing was to accept my offer to come out to Maryland and visit me and my ex-wife for a few days. My mom and dad had a great time visiting Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and the Lurray Caverns and Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia. My father also saw a doctor about the depression and was taking Paxil. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you SEO IT! for reading and commenting on this article! Appreciate that you shared your personal experience as well. Yes either extreme can indicate depression and if it's a light depression such as we all experience from time to time, these suggestions should be very helpful. Anything profound and it's time to see a professional.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you rajan jolly for reading, commenting voting on, and sharing this hub.


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SEO IT! 3 years ago from Tucson, AZ

Useful and interesting. The inability to sit still was a surprise to me. I've definitely been depressed, but thought there had to have been something else going on. I couldn't sit still! I thought I was too "hyper" to be depressed... great tips, too. Helping someone else is definitely a top way to pull out of depression. It takes the focus outward rather than inward and it flat-out makes a person feel good to do it!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

At some point of time most of us tend to get depressed. These are very useful suggestions and tips. Thanks for sharing.

Voted up, useful and shared.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you moonlake, for reading, sharing your personal experience, voting on, and shraring this article! I'm glad you were able to help yourself, especially since you were so young. It must have been tough for a little girl to deal with alone.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I'm rarely depressed as a grown-up but I can remember being depressed as a young person. At age 12 it was the worst and I know I could not talk to my parents about it they would never understand. I had to get myself out of the depression. Great article, voted up and shared.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you DrivingPeace for reading and commenting on this article.

If you know for a fact that exercise is going to make you feel better, that alone should be sufficient to persuade you to get started and end the pain of depression if only for a little while.

Keep a CD player close so that you can push the button and have a nice Sousa march blaring, or play That Old Fashioned Rock and Roll by Bob Seeger to encourage you to get up and movin.'

If you have trouble getting up, get yourself an east bedroom with windows facing the east. Open the curtains/blinds after you've turned out the lights to go to sleep and hopefully the sun will hit you in the face first thing in the morning.

When all else fails, see a professional. Don't let depression get so bad that you do something that will hurt your family and friends forever.


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DrivingPeace 3 years ago from Montana

You know, of all of these, exercise has always been the most important for me. Once I get started, I always feel better. The trick is getting started.

Do you have any suggestions for how to make yourself go exercise when you're so depressed you can't even move?


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for commenting on this hub Deborah-Diane. Yes, getting outside and breathing some fresh air and seeing some open space along with exercise are 2 fantastic things a person can do to lift their spirits.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

This article on depression is so important! All of us get depressed from time to time. However, if we don't shake it off after a reasonable period of time, we need to take these steps so we can begin to heal. I have especially heard how important it is to get outside and get fresh air, exercise and sunshine. Thanks!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for commenting and voting on this hub vespawoolf! Yes, one needs to avoid sad things as much as possible in this situation, which is why I recommended music that makes you want to get up and move. Getting out into wide open spaces, fresh air, exercise are all quick pick-me-ups.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

These are very useful suggestions and I think I've tried most of them at one time or another in my life. One thing I've found is that too much sad music can have an adverse affect on my state of mind. I try to listen to music that makes me feel happy, set goals and keep a good routine. Very interesting. Voted up!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

epigramman, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub! If you found suggestions or information in this hub that was helpful to you, then writing it was more than worthwhile for me. Depression is horrible and anyone who has experienced it knows how painful it can be. PSYC is my main interest, and many of the suggestions in this hub are textbook basics. I'm so glad if they have helped you!


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epigramman 3 years ago

Returning to this world class hub presentation just to tell you this has been a handy reference guide for me and helped me quite a bit - it's always good to see the other side of things and you definitely have done your homework here . Thank you.

Sending you warm wishes from lake erie time 9:19pm


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Shyron!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by to read and comment on this hub Nicole S. The recommendations in this hub have been proven to be helpful for most people with mild depression. Glad you found it useful.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Very useful information here.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for commenting on this hub rajan jolly. You are correct, not to mention the emotional/psychological pain of depression that no one can understand who has not been there. Thx for the vote!


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Nicole S 3 years ago from Minnesota

Very nice tips. I think you really have some great advice here.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Useful suggestions Au fait. Depression that lasts long can have serious repercussions on health.

voted up.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for reading, commenting, voting, & sharing on this hub. There is indeed a great deal of difference between feeling 'blue' like we all do sometimes and being in a clinical depression which is pretty much immobilizing and profound. Appreciate your understanding.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

bac2basics, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub, and for the high praise. I hope it is helpful to people who are going through a low spot.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you truthfornow, for commenting on my hub and for making more useful suggestions. One thing I've noticed is that knowing other people are suffering as badly or worse somehow doesn't make a person feel any better.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

HattieMattieMae, thank you for reading, commenting, and for adding some additional great suggestions to this hub!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Minnetonka Twin, thank you for leaving a comment and including some of your own experience with this issue. So glad you have found some help and relief from what can be a horrible experience every day.

And thanks for following!


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bac2basics 3 years ago from Spain

Hi Au fait. This is a truly awesome hub and spot on advice for anyone suffering from what can be a crippling illness. Very well done.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Shyron. I hope these strategies will be helpful to people.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Depression is hard. Making plans and keeping busy helps you focus on something else ~ if just for a short period of time. I always try to keep in my mind that things could always be worse and that some people are going through a lot more than me. Great tips.


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HattieMattieMae 3 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Very nice...I would add affirmations, devotions, positive quotes, reading about successful people, and how they've overcome obstacles. Believe it or not many people have failed and made mistakes and ended up being very successful after being depressed or losing things in life. Meditation is another thing that helps people with depression. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

I loved all your tips on combating depression when it isn't severe. I love love love, playing music. As a matter of fact, I have the radio playing one of my favorite songs right now. I am also an advocate of some type of physical exercise, even if it's just walking to the mailbox during the depression. All your tips are great and as a person that has struggled life-long with depression, they work for me. I am also on a anti-depressant now which has really stabilized the chemicals in my brain that contribute to depression. After years of struggling, I had finally said, enough is enough. Life is too short to power struggle needing meds. I was "sick and tired" of being "sick and tired." Great hub my friend.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

You always tackle each subject with facts and finesse. Just feeling "blue" is a far cry from clinical depression where one needs professional help and your suggestions can definitely help in the early stages of feeling depressed. A person who is severely depressed may not have the energy or inclination to follow the tips and the only way out will be help from professionals with the use of medications and/or therapy of one type or another. Important topic because at one point or another, almost all people are faced with problems which can cause various stages of feeling depressed. Up, useful and will share.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Great suggestions to fight depression.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Neinahpets, thank you for reading, commenting, and voting on this hub! I hope the suggestions here will be helpful to your friend.


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Neinahpets 3 years ago from Greater Toronto Area, Canada

Thank you for sharing this article. I have just shared it with someone that I do believe may be experiencing a little more than mild case of depression. Thank you, voted up and useful.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

lovedoctor926, thank you for commenting on this hub.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

HoneyBB, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub! Get some fresh air, listen to the birds sing, play some music that makes you want to dance, and then get busy writing some more great hubs! Take the time to take care of yourself everyday. We all go through some rough spots now and then, and some of them are pretty rough indeed. You aren't alone. You can get through this -- this too shall pass . . .


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

epigramman, thank you for your high praise, and for reading/commenting, and sharing this article! I hope it will help you and lots of people lift their spirits. Music is great for that purpose, and like you, I love to hear the 'music' of nature. The breeze in the trees, the birds singing, etc. I'll be your cats are very entertaining and comforting too!


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HoneyBB 3 years ago from Illinois

Thanks for reminding me of things I can do to get out of this depression of mine. I used to always listen to music and take walks and I never really had much of a problem with depression; however, lately I think it's getting the better of me. I will definitely do more of the things you have suggested here to help get me out of this. Thanks for sharing. It is really helpful information.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

A very informative and well-presented hub. This is an article worth reading.


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epigramman 3 years ago

You have such a world class and eclectic choice of hub subjects. The mind boggles - and that is such a good thing. I will post, link and share this essential hub presentation to the Hubpages FB group - and it is one very close to my heart (and mind) right now as I have recently suffered from situational depression and anxiety too - so I read this very closely and will use it as a handy reference guide. Thank you for taking the time and courtesy for your research here - you are truly helping people ..... including me -

Sending you my warmest wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 1:05am I love music too - and it certainly always adds something to my days and nights - there is nothing quite like it - oh yes there is - the music of silence and hearing the wind and the rain and the waves rolling into shore at my lake here - the sounds of nature - and the sounds of my two cats Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you again Georges. Very much appreciate your stopping by and leaving some comments!


georges 4 years ago

you are most welcome and you have a good and kind thanks from me.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Georges, for stopping by and reading my hub! I'm so sorry you had the bad experience you mention here and I do hope you have had good results with the suggestions here and from your doctor for making things better.


georges 4 years ago

In fact I am someone who caught a stress depressive attack after a road accident occured on in 2001.

I have been able to manage same with the help of my doctor and with many mentioned in your articles.

good and very important notes you have given,

God bless you and have a good continuation.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Frank Atanacio for reading and commenting on this hub.

The best time to learn how to deal with a light depression is before it happens so that a person will already have ideas on how to deal with it when it does happen. Thanks again!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Au fait these types of hubs are so important.. they help even if they're not used right away they can be used for later references.. thank you for the share and bless you :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

It is very difficult indeed and I'm still doing it since the only job I have found is seasonal and part-time. When it goes on for so long one really does just want to give up. Thank you carter06 for your insight and understanding and for leaving a comment on my hub.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you healthylife2 for reading and commenting!

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Aficionada: No, these suggestions are not new, and in fact I said they were tried and true, but you would be surprised how few people are familiar with them. Thank you for your comments!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

It is really hard to keep your spirits up when unemployed!! Actually I think it's one of the hardest times in life...the anxiety of not knowing if the next paycheck is going to come is seriously one of the worst feelings to ever have!! sorry to hear you've experienced this, it sucks it really does!

All I can think is something my mum used to tell me 'where there is life there is hope'...take care...


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you carter06 for reading and commenting on my hub! I think as technology separates people more and more and as it becomes more difficult to manage in our terrible economy, people are getting more discouraged and that leads to depression. Hard to keep one's spirits up when unemployed for long periods of time. This I know from experience.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you billybuc for stopping by and commenting!


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Very helpful...depression is prevalent so many people will relate to this. Often diet is a contributory factor to depression.


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Aficionada 4 years ago from Indiana, USA

This article is excellent. I have read a great deal about depression through the years and, even though these suggestions may not actually be brand-new or original, this is absolutely one of the best presentations of the suggestions I have ever seen. Thank you for contributing it!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Well thought out and written hub on an altogether debilitating but very common condition...some really good help here as the increase in depression in recent years is alarming...voted up etc...cheers


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great suggestions to combat a crippling condition. Well done!

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