How to Stay on Top of Life when you Feel Depressed — Don’t Lose Hope

“The only thing more exhausting than being depressed is pretending that you’re not.” Some basic advice for those bleak, tough days …. 1. Acknowledge how you feel, and accept that this is going to be a more challenging day. Call it for what it is, and respect your limits. 2. Commit to doing only the […]

How to Stay on Top of Life when you Feel Depressed — Don’t Lose Hope

Strategies for When you can’t Face the Day — Don’t Lose Hope

“No matter how many people surround you, depression is a lonely, solitary place filled with funhouse mirrors. Your world is twisted and distorted, pain reflected back from every direction.” – Unknown There are times when life feels unbearable, and it’s hard to find the will to go on. The door has slammed shut, and the […]

Strategies for When you can’t Face the Day — Don’t Lose Hope

How to Support a Depressed Friend or Partner — Don’t Lose Hope

It can be hard to know how to help a partner or friend who is feeling depressed. The following suggestions might help with this: 1. Find out the kind of depression they are suffering from. Symptoms of clinical depression include sleep difficulties, loss of appetite, a desire to isolate themselves, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, […]

How to Support a Depressed Friend or Partner — Don’t Lose Hope

7 Ways of Dealing with the Winter Blues

Winter is a hard time for many of us. The days are dark and cold and the nights are long. No wonder we feel down and have to fight to change our mood.

If this describes you, then maybe try the following:

1. Stay active – Make sure you build exercise into your life.

2. Stay warm – Wear plenty of clothes, and have hot drinks and meals as feeling cold can make you feel depressed.

3. Go outside – And get all the light you can. The days may be short but you can still grab some fresh air.

4. Eat a healthy diet – As high carbs affect our mood, and a drop in sugar level will cause feelings to slump.

5. Connect with other people – Don’t isolate yourself. Being with good friends and family can keep your spirits high.

6. Keep busy – Try a new activity or do something you might love, as feeling bored and empty exacerbates the blues.

7. Play your favourite music – The kind that lifts your mood, and blows away the cobwebs, and leaves you feeling good.

How to Develop Self-Compassion

1. Acknowledge to yourself that you’re having a hard time.

2. Don’t beat yourself up for struggling.

3. Let go of the drive for perfection.

4. Ask for support from those who care about you.

5. Make sure you enforce healthy boundaries with others.

6. Drop some commitments, and give yourself more space.

7. Take time to relax, and do the things you like.

8. Learn how to enjoy, and benefit from solitude.

Quote of the Day — Survivors Blog Here Mental Health Collaborative

Originally posted on Don’t Lose Hope : “So many people are holding on with the thinnest of threads. Treat people with kindness. You could be that thread.” Never underestimate the value of your words. People wear a mask – so we often we don’t know if someone else is struggling, or at their breaking point.…

Quote of the Day — Survivors Blog Here Mental Health Collaborative

7 Ways of Dealing with the Winter Blues

Many of us struggle with the winter blues. Here are some suggestions to help life your mood:

1. Stay active – Make sure you build exercise into your life.

2. Stay warm – Wear plenty of clothes, and have hot drinks and meals as feeling cold can make you feel depressed and blue.

3. Go outside – And get all the light you can. The days may be short but you can still grab some fresh air.

4. Eat a healthy diet – As high carbs affect our mood, and a drop in sugar level will cause feelings to slump.

5. Spend time with other people – Don’t isolate yourself. Being with good friends and family can keep your spirits high.

6. Keep busy – Try a new activity or do something you love, as feeling bored and empty will exacerbate the blues.

7. Play your favourite music – The kind that lifts your mood, and blows away the cobwebs, and leaves you feeling good.