Calming the mind and doing any type of physical work will alleviate depression. The problem is when you are depressed the last thing you want is doing anything at all.
So I usually just stop thinking and... ... get on my bike to visit a friend, or ... go get into the pool, weather permitting, or ... get on the elliptical and call someone, or ... go outside to groom the ivy fence, etc.
The point is I will do some physical work that's easy to get to.
+1 Physical work is good. Also, being outside has measurable benefits, both from the sunshine and from looking at green things in the natural world (from an article that I read). - Of course, in the heat we've been experiencing, it might be smart to choose the right time of day for that.
Sometimes, if it's simply feelings of being depressed - as opposed to clinical depression - I find that doing some small task that I've been postponing can help boost my mood.
I can be prone to depression sometimes. There are many things that can alleviate it for me, but I have discovered the secret of the best cure. Help someone in need. Visit an old folks home, volunteer at "Daily Bread", work with Habitat for Humanity, collect and deliver books to the county jail, help a remedial reader at a local school, raise a therapy dog, and like that.
There was a study done. I can't find it, but they concluded that it helped to help. It actually effects your brain chemistry to help someone out. I worked at a mental health facility for adolescents for ten years. I was a vocational instructor. When my students attained a certain level of behavior and skill, I made them "apprentices" and they in turn helped to train new students. They always rose to the occasion and their behavior improved tremendously.
If you want to beat depression, and it is not totally clinical to the point where you can't function at all . . . find some way to give.
20 minutes in the sunshine each day. You will see the results in a couple of weeks. No sunglasses. No hat. Allow the Vitamin D/sunshine to get into your body through your skin and your eyeballs. This was suggested by a therapist, and it works for me and others. I am not prone to depression. If I'm feeling down, I pick up a distraction. Usually, a hobby or a phone call to someone in my inner circle.
Hmmm...interesting question. I notice that most people who respond to this question find some way to distract themselves. I personally do the same. My method of distraction is usually silly computer games, writing, sleeping, or reading. While I think distraction works for most people in the short term, I think it's also wise to take some time to try to determine WHY we are depressed and change our thought patterns accordingly. For example, a lot of times my depression stems from financial pressure and relationship pressure. While distracting myself may relieve the feelings of depression for a while, attempting to deal directly with the source of depression, although possibly more uncomfortable, will help to prevent depression in the long run. For example, I might tell myself to simply stop worrying about things I cannot change, or choose to not get upset at piddly things that make me upset in the relationship. Just my two cents.
I batten down the hatches and ride out the storm. Never know how bad it's gonna be but know it will eventually pass. Resistance is futile. Best to surrender and go with the flow. My kitties on my lap, plenty of soup (ramen's perfect!) and either Law and Order reruns or Lifetime Movie Channel always get me through.
For less severe (still able to be mobile) depressions, I wholeheartedly agree. Get out of self. Service is a direct path into gratitude.
I don't really get depressed, but if I start to feel the 'blues', I usually go outside. I live in the sunshine state and it does help to be out in the light, and seeing the big blue sky is peaceful. Sometimes I take a walk, or go for a swim, or out for a Starbucks. Being around people can help, even strangers. We all have this life to experience. Everybody goes through down times. It's nice to give a smile to someone you don't know. Music helps. Family. My dog.
But i have to show that I am all fine and happy in front of my son and hubby. Its frustrating. Have you ever felt like this and then what one needs to do? It is hard to smile when actually i don even feel like reacting.
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