How to Feel Good After Depression (8 Great Ways!)

Depression can be a debilitating illness that can destroy lives, sometimes without the person even realising that they have it. The feeling of depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain: Sometimes well meaning people tell someone with depression  to ‘get over it’. This rarely helps.. Here are 8 proven ways to help you to feel good after depression. Different approaches work best for different people. Start by trying those methods that seem to be a fit for you!

It may help take your recovery slowly and understand that there is no need to pressure yourself into taking all of these steps at once. Start with one step each week, or how ever often you feel is right for you, and regularly bring in another element to aid your recovery.

1) Keep people around you

  • Turn to the friends and family that you trust and share your troubles
  • Regain contact with old friends and make new friends
  • Socialise if you find that being with other people counteracts the depression
  • Spend your time with positive people who feed you positive emotions
  • Join a support group were you can talk to others with similar challenges and seek to boost each other up

2) Look after your body and mind

  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Do some exercise each day (it is as affective as anti-depressants)
  • Get enough sleep (about 8 hours each night)
  • Go outside into the sunshine
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Avoid stressful situations
  • Do something you enjoy even if you don’t feel like it

3) Change your routine

  • Do an activity you have never tried and keep it up
  • Factor in some time for fun and pleasure each day
  • Get out and about rather than sitting at home

4) Give yourself a challenge each day

  • Make a list of tasks you need or want to do in your daily life
  • Tasks can be anything from going to the shops to cleaning the car
  • Do a task each day and after congratulate yourself
  • From this you can gain confidence in your achievements
  • Over time you are likely to feel more capable

5) Take care of your physical appearance

  • You are more likely to feel more like going out if you are clean and dressed
  • Dress in clothes that make you feel confident
  • Invest in your appearance to show yourself that you care about yourself

6) Look back on past successes

  • Remind yourself where you have succeeded before
  • Remember your strengths and skills
  • This will help to build self-confidence and success for the future

7) Challenge negative thinking

  • When you have negative thoughts write them down
  • As yourself what triggered those thoughts
  • Think about another way/s to view the situation that is more balanced and optimistic

8) Give somebody a genuine compliment

  • This takes the focus off yourself and helps you realise that everybody has problems
  • Filling a person with self-confidence from your compliment can help make you feel better

These steps are here to help you to rebuild your life. If you do these you are likely to discover  that you can feel good after depression and have a positive future.

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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.

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