How to Help Depression

Depression can take the joy out of life. It can steal your energy and make you feel like there is no hope, or no reason to go on living. If you are depressed, getting dressed and out of the house can feel like climbing a mountain. Feeling this way can also make your health get worse.

It can be hard to believe that life can get better again–but it can. Learning more about depression, and getting help will make you feel better. Read on to learn how to help depression.

How to Help DepressionHow to Help Depression: Feeling Depressed

It is normal to sometimes feel afraid, confused, sad, and angry. One of the most helpful things you can do about these feelings is to talk about them. Feelings are real and need to be shared. You may have been taught that it is “weak” to talk about personal problems or even cry, but sometimes that is exactly what you need to do. It is not helpful to hold stress, anxiety, sadness and fear inside because doing so can lead to more health problems.

Try the suggestions listed below every day for a few weeks. They have helped many people feel better. If they do not help you at all, or if you feel like you want to give up, ask your healthcare provider for help right away. Depression can be effectively treated and there are many ways to help you feel better.

How to Help Depression: What to Do

Some people find it helpful to talk to someone with similar problems or tojoin a support group. Some people benefit from counselling and/or medications to help them through difficult times. You may also have ideas on what may help you, so talk to others about your needs. Whether you are a person living with depression, or you are supporting someone who is, there are services available to help you manage and cope better.

What can I do if I am feeling….

I just want to pull the covers over my head and sleep all day.
  • Become aware of how you are feeling and thinking.
  • Make a plan for the day.
  • Try to keep busy with your daily activities and take rest breaks when you are tired.
  • Do things you enjoy in your life.
I have no energy/I’m restless and feel out of sorts.
  • Start exercising, even a little.
  • Spend at least 15 minutes every day outside in the fresh air, go for outings or walks
  • Even just sitting outside can be refreshing.
  • Decide which activities are really important to do and give yourself plenty of time to do them.
I feel that life is very hard for me.
  • Think about what is making life hard for you.
  • You could write down these thoughts and ideas.
  • Think about what steps you could take to make things better.
  • Ask for help from others.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Try to focus on what you are able to do instead of what you cannot do.
I can’t go on like this.
  • Reach out to your family and friends for support.
  • Talk to your social worker or religious counselor.
  • Seek professional help–ask for a referral to a counselor or psychiatrist.

Have patience when looking for the answers on how to help depression. You may need to try several different medications and strategies to find what works best for you.