Welcome Vahal and Marie66 and Polish
you have been given so great information, I will add some of the things I do that help me stay out of the dark depression and/or pull me out.
The things that pull me out, and this could take a couple of days, however I try to stick to repeating until it works:
hold ice over the sink until it hurts 6 sec maybe, then 3 cleansing breaths. deep breath, raise arms shoulder height then let breath with a noise exhale and just drop arms.
get outside for 10min. I sit out back even if it is just on the step for 10 mins, sometimes I even time it if I am bad.
The light and fresh air will eventually work unless there is a medical reason you can go out.
eventually I get back to walking.
I have 2 dogs and this gets me up and out of bed, does not get me off the couch necessarily, but I do need to let them out and feed them. Petting and cuddling them helps.
The unconditional love is a medicine that can not be bought.
I understand some people are not pet oriented, so perhaps a small fish tank with 2 fish, this has been proven to be relaxing and reduces anxiety
I use mindfulness and meditation. Insight timer is a free downland for your phone and has lots of helpful stuff. Alsohttps://mindful.org
is a good site. Search is in top right corner.
When I could not get out of the dark places and was inpatient, I had a long talk with a compassionate nurse. She suggested I do things I was told I was to stupid to do when I was young. I am 58 now. so...
I am teaching myself piano, using books and youtube. I have a $200 keyboard. I do it when I feel like it and enjoy it.
I started messing around with paints on cardboard just to release some emotions, and I now enjoy painting. I even sell one every so often. I paint what I feel, when I feel it. I have no training.
I sew, embroider, needle point, crochet
Post for donations on the neighborhood website, collect hats, gloves, blankets for a mens shelter and The Covent house near me. Also yarn to make hats for both.
Try to find a support group. I attend one for mental illness. Mostly biopolar attends, but there are people with my dx's. Been going for 5 yrs. Just making a few good friends. Depression and other things makes it hard for me to trust. Took a year for me to get comfortable in the group. It was so worth it to stick it out!!
Lately I have begun going out to lunch with a friend from my support group.
I hope some of this helps you.
Peace and strength
Moderator - Depression
"...when the gift of sight is cause enough for jubilation."
Billy Collins from the poem. HIGH
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain;Hemicrania Continua; Complex Migraines: raynauds;Complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder with psychotic features. Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease [LPR]