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Americans are seeking mental health care in record numbers, and many are struggling to find it.

Tips for Managing Depression

Things that may help you manage emotional and mental stress.

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Americans are seeking mental health care in record numbers.

Do just two of these things, any two, to reduce the effects of depression and anger.

Shower. Not a bath, a shower. Use water as hot or cold as you like. You don’t even need to wash. Just get in under the water and let it run over you for a while. Sit on the floor if you gotta.

Moisturize everything. Use whatever lotion you like; unscented lotion, dollar store lotion, fancy lotion that makes you smell yummy. Use whatever you want, and massage it into your body.

Put on clean, comfortable clothes.

Put on your favorite underwear. You know the ones. Put them on.

Drink water. If you want, add some mint or lemon for an extra boost.

Clean something. Doesn’t have to be anything big. Organize one drawer of a desk. Wash five dirty dishes. Do a load of laundry. Scrub the bathroom sink. Pick up 30 things and put them away.

Play music. Listen to something upbeat. Blast something that’s got lots of energy. Sing to it, dance to it, even if you suck at both—no one is watching, so just have fun.

Make food. Don’t just grab a granola bar or a snack bag. Take the time and make food. Even if it’s ramen. Add something special to it, like a soft boiled egg or some veggies. Prepare food, it tastes way better, and you’ll feel like you accomplished something.

Make something. Write a short story or a poem, draw a picture, color a picture, fold origami, crochet or knit, sculpt something out of clay, anything artistic. Even if you don’t think you’re good at it. Creating something gives your mind something new to focus on.

Go outside. Take a walk. Sit in the grass. Look at the clouds. Smell flowers. Play in the snow. Put your hands in the dirt and feel the soil against your skin. Make a snow angel or go sledding. Throw snowballs.

Call someone. Call a loved one, a friend, a family member, call a chat service if you have no one else to call. Talk to a stranger on the street. Have a conversation and listen to someone’s voice. If you can’t bring yourself to call, text, or email, just have some social interaction with another person. Even if you don’t say much, listen to them. It helps.

Find something to be grateful for. Look around and count the things you have or own.

Cuddle your pets if you have them or can cuddle them. Take pictures of them. Talk to them. Tell them how you feel, about your favorite movie, a new game coming out, anything.

This list may seem small or silly to some, but it can keep people alive.

Remember, even at your absolute best you won’t be good enough for the wrong people. But at your worst, you’ll still be worth it to the right ones. Remember that. Keep holding on.

In case no one has told you today, we love you and you are worth your weight, and then some, in gold. Be kind to yourself, and most of all, keep pushing on!

Depression can be serious. If you experience the “blues” for longer than the few weeks, consider consulting a professional or your family doctor.

Someone is always available to listen. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.


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