Although depression is a disease that can’t simply be overcome with a few tips and tricks, you can relieve depression in small ways on a daily basis.
While feeling depressed, exercise may be the last thing you want to do. Getting active is a sure way to chemically boost your mood and energy levels. It releases endorphins, which are brain chemicals that reduce the perception of pain and produce positive feelings in the body.
Set Daily Goals
Take it one day at a time. Set yourself with small, achievable goals, such as getting to school on time. Making promises to yourself—and following through—is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You’ll be taking care of things that need to be done, and you’ll be building your self-esteem.
Get Enough Sleep
Rest up! Get as much sleep as your body needs. Experts recommend 8 to 10 hours a night for teenagers. Sleep is so important to your health, and being well rested gives you the power to be proactive in taking care of your mental health.
See a Friend
Depression can be terribly isolating. Arrange to see someone you love, and don’t bail! Talking things out can be helpful, but even if you’re not up for sharing, seeing a friend will strengthen your support network and remind you that there are people in your life who care.
Laugh, dance and be silly! Let go of your anxieties for a moment. Carrying the burden of depression every minute of every day is enough to weigh anyone down. Give yourself a break by watching a funny movie, going out with your family, and doing something you enjoy that gets you out of your own head for a while.
Take a moment out of your day to be thankful for what you have and for the people around you. This simple exercise puts the focus back on what is good about life. Thank someone who is there for you. Being generous with your gratitude will feel good.