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What do you do when you feel depressed?

  1. mrnasir profile image42
    mrnasirposted 5 years ago

    Share your own views what reaction you do.

    1. Haunty profile image81
      Hauntyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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. mrnasir profile image42
        mrnasirposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks.Nice tricks,anyone can take these advices.

      2. Aficionada profile image85
        Aficionadaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        +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.

  2. keshab21 profile image61
    keshab21posted 5 years ago

    I listen to music. Mostly message songs though, very helpful.

    1. mrnasir profile image42
      mrnasirposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree because I do the same.

  3. Reality Bytes profile image81
    Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago

    I spend time with my dogs.  It works every time!

    1. mrnasir profile image42
      mrnasirposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Really! Wow but I don't have...OMG

  4. WD Curry 111 profile image60
    WD Curry 111posted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. mrnasir profile image42
      mrnasirposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Definitely True & Excellent secret.
      Today no one is ready to give anything to anyone but some people are...

      1. WD Curry 111 profile image60
        WD Curry 111posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        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.

        1. mrnasir profile image42
          mrnasirposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          We should learn this and also teach this to others.

          1. WD Curry 111 profile image60
            WD Curry 111posted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Well, you are off to a good start.

  5. stclairjack profile image82
    stclairjackposted 5 years ago

    i got to the bar and i have a slow drink and play pool,...

    the juke box will provide the sound track and i just listen to the sounds in the bar,....

    i love the sound that the balls make on the felt when you get a good break,.... i love it when mike drops something in the kitchen and yells bloody murder,... always makes me smile,....

    i'll order a basket of FF with grilled japalinos and onions just so mike can tease me about his eyes burning,... always makes him smile,.....

    i'll buy the old man at the end of the bar a beer if he''l shoot me a game,..... he always wins,... that makes both of us smile,....

    i talk to the mail/post lady at the slot machine,.. i cut up with the owners son,... i listen to the stories at the bar,... i hear the beer bottles hit the bottom of the trash can,...

    i love the way a bar sounds,.... when ieave after nursing my 2-3 shots i always feel better,... because i made them smile, and they made me smile.

    1. mrnasir profile image42
      mrnasirposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Nice,Well written.You took me to the pool bar with your words because I love playing pool.

  6. prettydarkhorse profile image63
    prettydarkhorseposted 5 years ago

    listen to music, and appreciate what I have - it could get worse.

    1. mrnasir profile image42
      mrnasirposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Very True...
      Those who appreciate what they have instead of looking what they don't have,
      live more happily.

      1. prettydarkhorse profile image63
        prettydarkhorseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        smile

      2. paradigmsearch profile image90
        paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        +1

  7. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    When I become aware that I'm having a negative thought, I just consciously change the subject. And, for me, coffee or soda pop also works.

    1. mrnasir profile image42
      mrnasirposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      very intelligent:)

  8. Bard of Ely profile image86
    Bard of Elyposted 5 years ago

    Actually if it is really bad I have a good cry and that gets it out of me.

    1. mrnasir profile image42
      mrnasirposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This is also a way but we have to be more brave to live this Short, Unpredictable, Spontaneous life.

  9. profile image0
    Arlene V. Pomaposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. mrnasir profile image42
      mrnasirposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Scientific answer. Thanks.

  10. seanorjohn profile image79
    seanorjohnposted 5 years ago

    I just get drunk. And that is not the sensible thing to do. Going for a long walk is way better.

    1. WD Curry 111 profile image60
      WD Curry 111posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Alchohol starts as a stimulant, and then works as a depressant. That's a good way to end up doing something you will regret forever. Peace.

  11. AshtonFirefly profile image77
    AshtonFireflyposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. mrnasir profile image42
      mrnasirposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Very informative

  12. Mighty Mom profile image82
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    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.
    smile

  13. michyoung profile image57
    michyoungposted 5 years ago

    I usually hang out with my friends or read some books or watch some movies at home. Depression is something that you must not ignore. You have to find ways to overcome it. big_smile

  14. Laura in Denver profile image75
    Laura in Denverposted 5 years ago

    Change the venue by going somewhere (walking or bicycling particularly helpful--get that exercise to exorcise the malady!).

    Or change the venue by cleaning it up. Get rid of the clutter and donate it. Two items with one act: destress your life and give to others.

  15. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago

    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.
    smile

    1. mrnasir profile image42
      mrnasirposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Seeing the blue sky is really peaceful. I do the same.

 
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