When you are depressed, nothing seems to matter. It is easy to close yourself off from everyone and everything. This is not what you want to do when you want to get to feeling more like yourself again.

The best way to deal with depression is to follow a normal daily routine as much as possible. Try not to stay up late at night so you sleep too much during the day. Getting enough sleep at night will help you be more active during the day. Eat meals on a fairly regular schedule and don’t let yourself simply snack all day and forego meals. Not getting the sleep and nutrition you need will make your depression worse. Avoid drinking much if any alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant and will only make depression worse even though it might seem to be a good way to cope or hide how you feel.

Even if you don’t feel like it at first, get out and socialize with family and friends. Join in whatever they are doing rather than just hanging back and watching. You usually find that you feel better when you are distracted from the depression. Avoiding contact with others will leave you feeling isolated. The company of others helps improve your mood and gives you the opportunity to talk to someone during times when you feel low.

Start exercising if you don’t already exercise regularly. Walking is good exercise and being outdoors lets you get fresh air and see the world around you. It is good for your circulation and being out in the sun for at least twenty minutes a day helps raise your serotonin levels. Raising your serotonin levels will also improve your mood and help you sleep better at night.

When you are depressed, you might find it difficult to talk to people, drive or a number of other things. Don’t avoid these things and do them anyway. They will get easier when you face them and not let them make you withdraw into yourself.

If your depression lasts for several weeks, you should talk to your primary doctor about getting more help to deal with your depression. Your doctor may refer you to someone who can help you with talk therapy and if necessary, prescribe medication. You may also learn of other self-help methods of coping.

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