Everyone gets depressed. Not everyone gets floored by depression. Sometimes depression is more than situational (when you dog dies). There are times when chemically, emotionally, relationally, socially our lives put us in a position to feel down.
Here are a few things to do when you are feeling down that might help:
- Reach out to loved ones – sometimes being close to someone and letting them know you are having a hard time can help. They have to be the ‘right’ person to reach out to, however.
- Exercise – increasing your physical activity can help produce natural endorphins and chemicals in your body that feel good.
- Eat right – a healthy diet goes a long way with depression.
- Medication – not everyone needs medications when they are depressed, but some do.
- Therapy – talk therapy can be very effective for depression. Learning coping skills and connecting with others is a powerful way to combat this issue.
If nothing else, know that there is help and that you don’t have to do this alone. You aren’t bad for feeling depressed, you aren’t bad for not knowing what to do, you aren’t bad for struggling to cope.
I once had a client who was depressed. They found it difficult to get motivated in life and connect with others. As we worked in therapy, they eventually found a way to reach out to others and found motivation. It was a difficult road, but one that was possible.
Written by Dr. Triston Morgan, LMFT