CarolinaJones
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Hi CarolinaJones,

It's nice to see you, my friend. And that's a really good question. I think a client asks me this question about every week.

Depression tells you how bad you feel. And it tells you that there is nothing you can do about it. That's the double whammy of depression. And it's not true. Depression is treatable.

I know it can be hard to live with depression. You might experience some good days, some just okay days, and other days when you really feel down.

First and foremost, I really encourage you to work closely with your doctor and/or therapist. If you are living with depression, I hope you have some kind of treatment in place, whether it is medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. Getting a treatment plan in place is the starting place for feeling better.

You might also talk to your doctor or therapist about things you can do to feel better day to day. Here are some of the ideas that I suggest to my clients:

Eat healthy and get adequate rest

Spend time with supportive people, don't isolate

Do things you enjoy, just the simple pleasures of life

Stay involved in your daily life, have some kind of a routine, starting with getting out of bed in the morning and getting your day underway

Pick something every day to be grateful for

Depending on the advice of your doctor, get some kind of regular exercise, even just a walk outside if you can

What I always encourage my clients to do is to take action in their lives. Positive action. Even on days when they don't feel like it. Take positive action and let the feelings catch up.

Again, I really encourage you to work with a mental health professional. Have a treatment plan in place and then stay in close contact with your doctor or therapist as you move forward with your plan. Take really good care of yourself.

Again, nice to see you. I hope you will stay in touch with your friends at Depression Connect. Let us know how you are doing.

Gary

Watch your self-talk, give yourself some encouragement

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