Depression Recovery Support
Depression is an often overwhelming mental illness that can take a lot out of a person. When you are depressed, reaching out to others can seem almost impossible. But most individuals who are suffering from depression find that connecting with others helps more than almost anything else to heal the depression.
While you might be feeling down now, things are not completely out of your control. One major thing you can do for yourself is fight the urge to isolate yourself.
If you are able, try some of these suggestions:
- Call a friend or family member who usually makes you laugh. Avoid those friends and family members that make you feel bad about yourself or who always talk about negative topics.
- Go out in public. Even if you are low on cash, just stepping out of the house and even going somewhere free like the library, or low-cost, like a coffee shop, can work wonders for your feelings.
- Step out under the sun and get some fresh air. Even if it is cloudy, step outside. You don’t have to look perfect; you can step outside in your pajamas. Just walk around a little, if you must, count out the steps and don’t go back inside until you have taken 50, 100 or 500 steps around outside. Exercise and movement kicks up endorphins, chemicals in the brain that create good feelings.
- Watch a silly movie or cartoon show. Read the comics. Take a break from thinking and look at something fun. Even if it doesn’t feel fun right away, it might make you feel better after a while.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to surround yourself with a supportive group. Sometimes depression gets so severe that the best place to find this support is in a treatment center with professional counselors and therapists.
Many treatment centers are not the way they have been historically depicted in popular media. Modern treatment centers look more like a spa experience than a hospital experience. A good treatment center will offer you the support you need in a calming, peaceful environment. Plus, treatment centers offer you an opportunity to break the cycle and physically move away from the locations where you have been most depressed.
After treatment in a treatment center, many individuals move into what is called outpatient support. This is much like therapy, with a regular therapist and the aid of group support. A supportive group will help you learn about the experiences of others and learn new skills for yourself. Most depression support groups are filled with people just like you—professionals, students, young and old adults of all races and backgrounds.
Many people discover that just finding a local support group helps. Being around others who “get it” and know where you are coming from can go a long way toward making you feel better.
If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, help is within reach. You don’t have to find support on your own. We offer a free 24-hour helpline to aid you in finding the best treatment to fit your life. Please call today and find out more about your options.
1 (866) 612-7501