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Lily-Bee

Advice on how to deal with depression from a fellow sufferer;
- Find a balance between acceptance and not giving up.
- Allow yourself to be lazy, to sleep, to just hang but dont wallow, eat, take your meds, talk to your friends, keep your house and yourself clean.
- Practice mindfulness/meditation.
- Read, read, read and then read some more good books on things like selfcompassion, acceptance, mindfulness etc. Alternatively if youre not into reading, get an audiobook, check out youtube vids or sign up for a course of your choosing.
- Practice, try out coping skills and stick to what works for you.
- Be gratefull, even in the darkest night there is beauty. Take note of it!
- Remember that one step is more then no steps, so applaud yourself for every little thing you manage. Set only small goals, the rest will follow naturally in time.
- Dump unsupportive friends and cherish the good ones. Invest in them, do not shut them out. If you dont want to talk ask how they are. If you lack friends join a club of your choosing even if it is "only" online.
- Fuel your passions, feed them. If you do not know what your passion is search for it, what interests you, what did you like as a kid, try out things.
- Give your time to a good cause, find a cause that speaks to you and somehow contribute. You have worth and you can do good in this world.
- Practice (self) compassion like your life depends on it, it actually does! Learn to give yourself what you need.
- Listen to your gut. Do not be afraid to set bounderies, be your own advocate, protector. This is your job. If you dont no one else will, youll lose yourself and there is nothing more depressing then that.
- If you love animals consider getting a pet, they can be very therapeutic.
- There is absolutely no shame in seeking proffessional help. The most interesting people are those that have or have had tons of therapy ;)
- Express yourself. Doesnt matter how, find what suits you; writing, painting, acting, dancing, talking, photography, singing, whatever.
( People Ive learned from; Kirsten Neff, Steven Hayes, Jon Kabat Zinn, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Russ Harris, Marsha Linehan, Rick Hanson, Jack Kornfield, Christopher Germer, Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Dalai Lama, Augusten burroughs, Ruby Wax, Stephen Fry, Andrew Solomon, Ajahn Brahm and many others).

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artemis84

Thank you for these pearls of wisdom Lily-Bee, they are so important.

It is very easy to lose track of what is good for us at times of darkness. I for one will be coming back to this list many times. :)

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Pickle59

Wow ((((Lily-Bee)))).........That is one fantastic list and I agree with (((SettingSn))) about possibly pinning it, somewhere really obvious.............(for me lol)

It's so easy to forget

Thanks so much for sharing this.xxx

Pickles

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pharmacysell

Really very nice suggestions are provided by you here..These would be so helpful sometimes in life. Thanks so much for sharing...

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Auret

Excellent suggestion so LB 

Thank you for the suggestions.They are really helpful. People hesitate to seek professional help is a problem. Its true that specialists can provide a better solution for all issues of depression.Visit Needstreet

This appears to be one of those obnoxious pay to speak to a doctor online commercial sites. I think it should be removed. Profiting from people's misery. It's an insult to Lili excellent post 

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