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How Using Mindfulness for Depression Helps You Get Well

How Using Mindfulness for Depression Helps You Get Well

Mindfulness for depression helps you get better and stay well. Learn more about how using mindfulness as a depression treatment soothes your depressed brain.

How can using mindfulness for depression help you recover? Well, mindfulness is about living in the now by taking notice of what’s around us and the feelings that are inside of us. It’s about being fully present and removing the extra layer of thought that we normally attach to people, things, and events. Using mindfulness for depression changed my life because my depressed brain was anything but peaceful.

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Plan Ahead to Reduce Depression During the Holidays

Plan Ahead to Reduce Depression During the Holidays

Depression during the holidays is manageable with a plan. Check out this article and video aimed to lessen depression during the holidays so you can have fun.The holidays are quickly approaching, and in order to cope well with depression during the holidays, we need to have a plan in place. While this may be the most wonderful time of the year for some, winter holidays can be the most difficult for others. Those of us depression may be faced with a myriad of potential triggers during the holidays; however, there are some things we can do in order to equip ourselves to cope with them and better deal with our depression during the holidays.

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Introduction to Michelle Sedas, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Introduction to Michelle Sedas, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Michelle Sedas, author of "Coping with Depression," talks about her history with mental illness. Learn about Michelle Sedas and how she handles depression.My name is Michelle Sedas, and I am the Author of Coping with Depression. I’m delighted to get to blog for HealthyPlace. As the saying goes, “Write what you know,” and with my history of depression, I can’t think of a blog more suited for me to write.

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How to Enjoy Life and Have Fun While Coping with Depression

How to Enjoy Life and Have Fun While Coping with Depression

You can enjoy life and have fun while coping with depression. Try these gradual phases of enjoying life and having fun for yourself. You deserve it. Read this.

Enjoying life and having fun is an important part of our existence. Incorporating it into our daily lives is an essential part of learning how to live with and manage our depression in a healthy way. While we know this is true, the challenging part can be putting enjoyment and fun into practice. I’ve discovered some ways to make this easier, and I’ve found that making time to enjoy life and have fun is beneficial to learning to cope with depression.

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Overwhelming Depression Makes Daily Tasks Difficult

Overwhelming Depression Makes Daily Tasks Difficult

 

I have been feeling overwhelming depression for the past couple of weeks. Living with a mental illness can make anyone exhausted, turning simple daily tasks into daunting and dreaded foes. My responsibilities loom before me like an abysmal darkness that I cannot escape. Practicing self-care feels impossible. Even thinking about housework or errands exhausts me. Welcome to the hard days of overwhelming depression.

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Introduction to Jennifer Smith, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Introduction to Jennifer Smith, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Jennifer Smith, new author of 'Coping with Depression,' talks about how it took a near suicide attempt to get her diagnosed with depression.I’m Jennifer Smith, and I’m thrilled to be writing for Coping with Depression at HealthyPlace. I was diagnosed with major depression in January 2017. This came as a result of a near suicide attempt which required inpatient psychiatric care. I had struggled with depressive episodes throughout my life, but this was a much more severe event. Up until this point, I had been adept at attributing my depression to simple moodiness or just being tired. I had adopted routines and methods of hiding my depression from others, and the result s of that nearly cost me my life. I am currently on medication and in therapy, and I am learning how to cope with my depression in healthy ways rather than ignore it.

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My Final Post on ‘Coping with Depression’

My Final Post on ‘Coping with Depression’

Tiffanie Verbeke, author of the Coping with Depression blog, shares her final thoughts on feeling like a mental health fraud and achieving mental health.I published my first post for the Coping with Depression blog here at HealthyPlace a full year ago. Today, I publish my last. Since that first, scary click of the Publish button, I’ve read fresh takes on my coping ideas, and I’ve challenged myself to think of depression in new ways. My experience writing for the Coping with Depression blog has rocked my tiny, blue world. I’ve realized a couple of valuable things during my year with HealthyPlace.

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Create a Depression Routine So You Cope and Live Well

Create a Depression Routine So You Cope and Live Well

Depression doesn't follow a routine, so it's important that people with depression do. Establishing a depression routine is crucial. Read this to learn more.

Depression requires routine to successfully cope with the illness. Because depression is not routine, it is important and beneficial to establish patterns that structure the way you live in order to combat the surprises that depression can often throw your way. I’m finding that my depression affects me more the less I follow a routine. I am less capable of bouncing back from a bad brain day; I have less control over my rapidly shifting moods; I dismiss my basic needs (Depression Does Not Eliminate Your Basic Needs). I’ve learned the hard way that living well with depression requires routine.

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Low Self-Control Hurts Your Ability to Cope with Depression

Low Self-Control Hurts Your Ability to Cope with Depression

Coping with depression challenges my self-control in a unique way. I have excellent self-control when I’m having a good brain day; by which I mean when my day is bright and my mind feels light and unburdened. I practice self-care even if I don’t want to and I do what I need to do without complaint. But when I’m having bad brain days and my depression is at its most extreme, my self-control disappears. I make excuses to let myself off the hook for not practicing self-care by not using self-control to properly cope with my depression.

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Comparing Yourself to Others Can Complicate Coping

Comparing Yourself to Others Can Complicate Coping

Coping with depression is difficult enough, but when you are constantly comparing yourself to others, coping can be even harder. Learn why to stop comparisons.

Comparing yourself to others is not beneficial while coping with depression. I live by the phrase, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It means that comparing something of yours to someone else’s can steal good feelings. And while it can certainly eliminate joy or gratitude, a comparison can also steal validation (Mental Illness Validation: Tell Me ‘I Believe You’). Mental health is a vast and varied experience that features ups and downs and pushes and pulls that I can guarantee are not the same for any individual. So comparing your mental progress and experience while coping with depression against someone else’s progress and experience can create massive setbacks in your coping.

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