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Tools To Fight Depression

Updated on August 19, 2013
Depression is serious, and you need to work hard at trying to conquer it
Depression is serious, and you need to work hard at trying to conquer it

Fighting Depression Is Possible

When your are depressed the last thing you want to do is physical activity, much less get out of your nice comfortable bed. Although, physical activity is one of the single best things you can do to make yourself feel better during the massive storm of depression.

Depression is a symptom of mood disorder characterized by extreme emotions of loss, sadness, hopelessness, defeat, and often rejection. Depression can also have some debilitating physical symptoms to go along with it.

  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Severe nausea

Believe it or not, It is estimated that up to 35 million adults in the United States are likely to experience depression at some point during their lifetime. It is also indicated that women are more probable to experience depression than men will. If you suffer from Major depression it is reasonable to suggest it will interfere significantly with your everyday activities.

Symptoms Can Include:

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of interest in everyday activities
  • Melancholy
  • Despondency
  • Nausea
  • Decreased Weight
  • Dizziness

Even though there is no specific cause for Clinical Depression, it is possible it is genetic based, biochemical, environmental, and psychosocial. It is important to recognize that depression is NOT a weakness, it is not something you can magically make disappear or go away just because you want it to.

However, there are things you can do along with other treatment options to help alleviate some of your depressive symptoms. To continue living your life with help from friends, family and support groups.

Don't Just Sit There- Get up and move, no matter how difficult this may seem. Doing something physical creates energy. Energy is what is going to make you feel better.

Walk the dog, do the dishes, wash a load of laundry, brush your teeth, watch a television program, work in the garden, just do something-anything. You need to move. Just a little bit of interest in something will provoke emotion.

Take a Bath Or A Hot Shower- This will perk you up, make you feel alive. That is what you need. To feel alive, even if it is only briefly. Change your clothes, put something fresh and clean on. You will feel better knowing you are clean and look good to go outside without looking like you have been in bed for the last eight weeks.

If your a woman and wear make-up, put some on, brush or comb your hair. Get out that blow dryer, make some noise. Sometimes, with depression we do not take care of ourselves, we stay in the same clothes for weeks on end without a care to our hygiene. So pay attention to the little details. Try try try. Even for one day, just try. This goes for you men as well.

Get Out That Vacuum Sweeper- Get up and do some housework, vacuum rugs, mop the floors, open the drapes, let the sunshine in. Clean out the cupboards, the refrigerator, the pantry. Start out doing one small thing, and go from there. When you're living space is tidy and clean, you feel better. If you are living in a dump, that is how you are going to feel.

Turn Up The Jams- Crank up your favorite tunes, music has a way of soothing the soul. It can make you happy, or it can make you sad. Find something that will help you move, something you can sing along to. Motivate yourself. One, two, three, four. Something you can exercise and jump around to, or just relax and cry if you have too.

Finish Something You Started- Have you been meaning to finish that book you've been writing, well now is the time to finish it. Set a few goals to get things finished. Have you started little tasks and let them go on the way side? Pick one and finish it. You will feel good about yourself. So get cracking. Finish making your bed, it doesn't have to be huge, just one small thing to get you motivated.

When depressed these things are not going to be easy. But they are goals to work toward. You have to work at them. Along with the other options such as therapy or perhaps medications if your depression is severe, and you are unable to move forward. A Doctor or therapist will help you decide if you need other options. If you have serious depression, don't go it alone.

The idea is to take an active role in helping yourself feel something instead of just sadness and hopelessness. You need to do things to make yourself feel better, even if it is just a small gesture. At least you have tried. And you will feel good for doing that much.

If nothing works and you cannot get out of your depression or it doesn't improve you should consider seeing a professional. As I mentioned there are other options to help treat depression. These suggestions are just that. Suggestive tools to help you take a proactive role in your wellness and recovery from the grip of depression.


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    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      4 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you DDE. I know people tend to take depression very lightly to often.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Depression affects many people and the signs should be carefully noticed a well informed hub on this issue.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      5 years ago from Washington MI

      Fighting the dark place together makes the road less lonely.

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      Michele Kelsey 

      5 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      That is the link to the hub I referenced your hub on, and that you can use. It's great that we think alike! :)

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      5 years ago from Washington MI

      Hi misslong,

      I am sorry i have been away. Thank you for reading my hub. Of course you may link my article. I would also link yours if you direct me to the hub. Getting positive information out on depression is essential for those who it affects.

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      Michele Kelsey 

      5 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      Very true and wise advice on Depression. I am writing a hub on the subject myself. You brought out a lot of points that won't be in my hub. Do you mind if I reference your hub to draw more traffic your way and to educate my readers even more on the subject?

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      7 years ago from Washington MI

      Hi Gerard, I am delighted to hear you are winning your war against depression. That is not an easy battle, no matter your level of depression.Your comments are truly touching and inspiring to me. They remind me that I DO have something to live for and i can fight this. Thank you for reminding me that I do NOT have to remain in darkness. that fighting harder for myself and others is hopeful.

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      7 years ago

      crazybeanrider - thank you, you just helped me immensely. I am steadily coming out of a mild depression that was brought on my several simultaneous stressful life changes - and not having the support network to deal with them at the time. I realise this now and although I sometimes get stuck in my old way of thinking I tell myself it will pass and always does.

      Just wanted to tell you that although I maybe can't relate to the severity of what you see yourself struggling with, your numerous postings are your true coherent self - not the warped depressive feelings. You so very eloquent and I wish that you continue to use this gift to inspire others... and just one of many reasons to see yourself out of 'black days'. Keep at it!!

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      7 years ago from Washington MI

      Hi Admiral-_Joraxx- Household chores won't cure your depression but continue to do things like dishes, laundry and you feel like you have accomplished a task, i know I have been severely depressed and fresh laundry makes me feel so much better. Keeping my space neat also helps some. Thank you for commenting, greatly appreciated ;)

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      7 years ago from Philippines

      Wow! I didn't know that doing household chores can help to cope up with depression. Its a great useful idea! Thanks for sharing this crazyBeanrider! voted up!

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      7 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you Sandy, It is good to pass them on, many folks just don't realize how serious depression is...Thank you :)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Great tips to fight depression.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      7 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you very much! Appreciated

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      Jacquie The Underground Goddess 

      7 years ago from NC

      Really good hub! Thanks! Voted up!


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