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Self Help 12 Ways to Battle Depression

Updated on December 7, 2017

Roses Have Thorns And Are Still Beautiful .. Such Is Life

"Every Rose Has Its Thorn"

If you touch the thorn of a rose and prick your finger it hurts.

Did your painful finger take any of that beauty from the rose?

In life painful things happen, depression can set in taking away the beauty of your life.

Funny how that works.

Depression resembles a thorn on a rose. When it begins to set in if we stop, take a breath and look at the beautiful things in our lives it softens the pain and relieves the depression.

Ways To Fight Depression

When depression begins to set in you may feel sleepy.

As the days go by you get sleepier and sleepier. When this happens you either just sit and stare at a wall or sleep all the time. Things begin to pile up around you. This creates stress.

Hate, anger, and feelings of helplessness and lonliness follow.

Ways to fight this is to take deep breaths, find that inner strength we are all born with, remember the rose, and take tiny steps to get up off that couch or out of that bed.

This first step is the most difficult part of fighting depression, getting up.

By getting up I mean taking control of your life instead of allowing the depression to control it for you.

You can get up by doing something small that would make you feel better.

You would be surprised at how one small thing that makes you feel better can lead to another and another and pretty soon you will feel the healing.

hang a picture on a wall,

clean out a closet,

go to the store and buy some flowers,

get a new house plant,

a hair cut,

get a pedicure,

write a poem,

take a walk and observe the sky, trees, flowers...

go shopping and buy yourself something nice

go to a hot tub

Basically just do something , no matter how small.

Then do something else, and something else. After the first thing you do it gets easier and easier and pretty soon , your up :)

Take baby steps and with each thing you do that makes you feel better, the good feelings will begin to add up until you have fought that depression off and realized the beauty of your life.

Listen to This Song .... And Sing Along

© 2010 starme77


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      starme77 3 years ago

      I wrote this hub three years ago and it still does not cease to have traffic :) I am happy to have helped so many people to get over depressing situations in life

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      starme77 6 years ago

      glad to be of some help :) always like to put smiles on faces :) Thanks for letting me know ... makes my day :)

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      dkanofsky 6 years ago from Bethalto, Illinois

      All very very positive ways of coping with depression.

      Thank you for sharing and putting a smile on my once depressed but now very happy face.

      Kindest regards,


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      M.s Fowler 7 years ago from United states

      Nice Hub!

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      starme77 7 years ago

      Thanks Cagsil , I have way better control now :) this hub has a few typos I gotta fix but my psychologist took it for use with her clients so I thought that was pretty cool :) glad ya like it and glad to be back

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Starme, I came across this hub, after you posted in the forum "Recommend a Hubber's Hubs" thread and found it an interesting read. I hope you do not struggle with depression and have better control now. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas. :)

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      starme77 7 years ago

      hey thanks, and I look forward to reading your hubs :)

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      rickzimmerman 7 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      starme: you've nailed it with this one. You might like my upbeat hubs: saving the world, mind over matter, living a stress-free life. (Or maybe just check out The Cactoose!) Regards, RickZ

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      starme77 7 years ago

      Thanks Habee :) Always good to hear from ya :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, I love the first paragraph! Good ideas here.

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      starme77 7 years ago

      Well, I have never been . like diagnosed wtih depression or anything like that , but I know I have been depressed many times through out my life and have never used a pill , I did start dinking a bunch of beer once - after My real mom died (I was adopted two times by bad families)- but quickly realized the beer was making it worse - so , I have used these tactics to keep myself rolling when feeling down and they work for me every time :)Thanks to all for the compliments - I highly appreciate all of you taking the time to read my hubs :)

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Apparently most people suffer depression as some point in their lives. You are absolutely right... take small steps in any activity - dont think about how far you have to go to get to full recovery, just take it one day at a time. Small celebrations in the fact that you have got through another day.. a day of coping.

      Thanks for this hub:)

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      Danny R Hand 7 years ago

      I commend you on your hub. I don't know if you speak about deprssion from experiance or not, but it sounds as though you do. I personally have issues with depression and have chosen to deal with it without medication. The 'get up' senario you speak of has been one of my best weapons against depression. Even if it's doing dishes or cleaning a toilet, it gets me up and out of myself, which makes living life better. Thanks for your hub!

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Fighting depression is really tough, but can be very easy if one knows these great tips and have a true supportive friend.Great article.Thank you :)

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Wonderful advice for those who suffer from depression. I believe these could be called 'baby steps,' and those are how we begin to recover.

      Thanks for a great hub.