Hello friends! Over the last half a year or so, I have sunk deeper and deeper into the worst depression that I've had in my entire life. I have some tactics that are affective for making it better at times but I could use some more ways. And I think there are probably others out there that need a list like this as well. So let's make this a thing!
  1. Admit I need help
    I think that this is the most important part. I'm now getting back onto a medication that will hopefully help and I'm seeing a therapist again regularly. If you are like me and you've reached a point where you can no longer do it on your own, there's no shame in admitting that.
  2. Read books.
    Fantasy books, books that'll make me laugh like "yes please" by Amy Poehler, books that teach me about myself, books about love because one day I'll be ready again.
  3. Take baths.
    Epsom salt to shake off the bad juju. Add beautifying oil from Aveda for extra moisture. Because I can be sad but not dry, ya feel?
  4. Spend time with my parents.
    Who have never once made me pretend to be anything other than what I am in this moment.
  5. Exercise.
    Bc endorphins are kinder then a hangover.
  6. Writing
    I've found writing (in my journal, lists, in a word document on my computer, etc.) very cathartic and helpful. You don't have to worry about being J.K. Rowling, just write. Write about your feelings, or write about something distracting, like a movie or tv show. I'm always surprised by how much better I feel about taking some time to sit down and write.
    Suggested by @lexie_elyse
  7. Take short but intentional social media breaks
    Twitter, List, and Instagram intensify bad self feelings in a very particular way. I find it helpful to peace out for a day or even just an evening, very much on purpose, and do anything but social media. (Loving the irony of writing this on list 🕺)
    Suggested by @roche
  8. Take walks
    Seasonally challenging. But a little sustained movement can put me a in a new frame of mind.
    Suggested by @roche
  9. Shower
    Suggested by @kate81
  10. CLEAN!
    Cleaning my house, de-cluttering, and organizing my belongings helps clear away sadness and gives me a task with a clear end point.
    Suggested by @kashshu11
  11. GET OUT of your apartment/room/house even if just to walk around TJ Maxx or drive with the windows rolled down
    Suggested by @kate81
  12. Meditate. Write down what you like about yourself, and what you want yo change and how to do it. Listen to your favorite music.
    Suggested by @MatthewAlmont
  13. Make/create something
    It doesn't have to be anything big or beautiful or meaningful or permanent. You could sculpt something from playdoh or color or make muffins from a box mix. Doesn't matter. Sometimes keeping your hands active for a bit can help sway your mind as well
    Suggested by @dreadpiratemama
  14. Not taking naps/making sure I'm sleeping properly
    My depression manifested itself by making me oversleep- if I went to take a nap at 6pm I wouldn't wake up until 2 or 3 in the afternoon the next day. Actually. Not productive and extremely detrimental to my physical health, too!! Making sure I'm sleeping at the right times and establishing a routine really helps me 😊
    Suggested by @tiupps
  15. Fresh air
    I confine myself to my couch and breathe the same stale air over and over again. If I can make myself step outside for 5 minutes or even open a window, the fresh air helps to clear away some fog.
    Suggested by @campbelltayb
  16. Antidepressants & Xanax
    Also loads of yoga, eating a vegetable here and there & calling my mom or my boyfriend when I'm spiraling. I also find comfort in knowing others have the same struggle so if I have the energy I'll get in on some Sylvia Plath
    Suggested by @aliciamcelhaney
  17. I read this list/quote.
    Suggested by @HisDudeness
  18. Watch bad Reality TV
    Especially shows featuring people who may be in a much worse position than you at the time. I know that sounds cruel but it works for me... 😬
    Suggested by @emtwids
  19. Phone calls
    Particularly phone calls with the people who are most likely to make me pace around a room or park or wherever I'm calling from because we really get each others' minds working - whether it be from talking about ideas and plans, old memories, or theories about what the fuck is happening in The Shining.
    Suggested by @veshecco
  20. playing music
    even if you're horrible at it like me, it's fun and distracting
    Suggested by @jessacosta
  21. Help others
    I know when I get depressed I am very focused on how hard things are for ME, how I never get good things, how people mistreat ME. So I spend half a Saturday volunteering at the puppy rescue to get out of my head. When I don't have the time, I just find a small way to help someone less fortunate (even if it's a dollar for a homeless person).
    Suggested by @Boogie
  22. I have a box of legos beneath my bed and I get them out to mess with when I can't get myself to do anything. I also will move from laying on the bed to a yoga mat on the floor, move the tv down there and everything, and lay on the mat instead, so that if I want to very slowly start stretching or doing some poses there's nothing between me and that
    Suggested by @CoachK
  23. Talking about it to those you trust.
    Wether you have depression or know someone who has it talking in an open non judgemental way is great #letsendstigma
    Suggested by @Waddy
  24. Talk
    Leave the deep stuff to those you trust, but also try to engage with strangers. On a bus, in the park, at the deli. Remind yourself you're not an island. You'll most likely get just small talk (I hope that's the worse you'll get) but every once in a while, you'll get something meaningful. I hope you feel better. Here's also a free hug when you need it.
    Suggested by @Jaycer17
  25. Eat healthy foods
    A few years ago I was in the midst of a major depressive episode. It happened to be Lent, and I decided to go vegan for it. It changed my life. After Easter, I ate some animal products and within a day or 2, I noticed a huge drop in my mood. I've been vegan ever since and have been able to get off of medication (I think anti-depressants are wonderful and life saving, but I personally did not like being on them long-term). If my mood drops now, I pack in the whole plant foods and am good to go.
    Suggested by @bakesandmakes25