Posted by: Kelley Dees | January 4, 2011

Beating Depression

The end of one year and the beginning of another can be a very depressing time for some people. January can be one of the saddest months of the year. The holidays are over. All of your family has gone back home. The weather can be rather bleak. The combination of all these things can make one very depressed!

How can we overcome these things that can make us so sad? While coping with depression can be challenging, talking to your doctor or therapist can help improve your coping skills. You can also try these tips from the Mayo Clinic:

  • Simplify your life. Cut back on obligations when possible and set reasonable goals for yourself. Give yourself permission to do less when you feel down.
  • Consider writing in a journal. Journaling can improve your mood by allowing you to express pain, anger, fear, or other emotions you may be feeling.
  • Read reputable self-help books. Your doctor or therapist may be able to recommend books to read.
  • Join a support group. Connecting with others who are facing similar challenges can help you cope.
  • Don’t become isolated. Try to participate in social activities and get together with family or friends regularly.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
  • Learn ways to relax and manage your stress. Examples include meditation, yoga, and tai chi.
  • Structure your time. Plan your day and activities. You may find it helpful to make a list of daily tasks, use sticky notes as reminders, or use a planner to stay organized.
  • Don’t make important decisions when you’re down. Avoid decision making when you’re feeling very depressed, since you may not be thinking clearly.

If you’re finding yourself feeling down, use these tips to regain control of your life. While applying these principles may help some overcome depression, there are many cases of depression that require the help of a qualified doctor or therapist. If you feel you need professional assitance, please don’t hesitate to contact a qualified professional.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from the Mayo Clinic.

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