Welcome to HealingWell and the Depression Forum. I promise you that you are not "ruined". Depression is a nasty disorder but you will recover.
Coping with depression can be challenging. Depression makes it hard to engage in the behavior and activities that may help you feel better. Talk to your doctor or therapist about improving your coping skills, and consider these tips to cope with depression.
Simplify your life. Cut back on obligations when possible, and set reasonable schedules for goals.
Consider writing in a journal to express pain, anger, fear or other emotions.
Read reputable self-help books and consider talking about them to your doctor or therapist.
Don't become isolated. Try to participate in normal activities and get together with family or friends regularly. I know that bed looks like a great place to hide but do try not to isolate.
Take care of yourself by eating a healthy diet and getting sufficient sleep.
Stay focused on your goals. Recovery from depression is an ongoing process. Stay motivated by keeping your recovery goals in mind. Remind yourself that you're responsible for managing your illness and working toward your goals.
Learn relaxation and stress management. Try such stress reduction techniques as meditation, yoga or tai chi. Consider therapy. It has helped myself and many others here in HealingWell.
Structure your time. Plan your day and activities. Try to stay organized. You may find it helpful to make a list of daily tasks.
Don't make important decisions when you're in the depths of depression, since you may not be thinking clearly.
Most of all believe in yourself that you will overcome this bout of depression.
Again a warm welcome to HealingWell.
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