When you are feeling depressed what do you do?

@AnnaB7 (757)
United States
July 6, 2008 11:01am CST
How do you manage to get thru a day where you feel very depressed? Do you just go to sleep until the depression leaves or do you clean house or go visit a friend/. Sometimes I just go to sleep because I don't always feel like being around people.
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I turn on some upbeat music. Then I get on the phone with a friend. I usually end up feeling better. And sometimes laughing. Or I will start to play with my kid. THat always does the trick. Going to sleep for me only makes it worse.
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
6 Jul 08
sounds like you have found some good ways to get over feeling depressed, and your right sometimes sleeping makes depression last longer, but sometimes it does help at least it does me, maybe sometimes I really just need extra sleep
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6 Jul 08
I always play games or watch tv or just keep sleeping and sleeping with my radio on my favourite channel.
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
6 Jul 08
That sounds like a good idea to me, except the games part i really dislike playing most games I suppose that makes me strange I don't know.
@k9krazy (15)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Hi..hope this is a good day for you. Most of all, I remind myself that how I'm feeling won't last forever. Then, depending on the nuances of the day, I sometimes take a 20 minute nap, call a friend, internet surf, or read a book. My daughters' presence at home forces me to not mope, which is helpful, and my dogs are always good therapy. Wish I could say that I get motivated to clean the house, but more typically I get overwhelmed by everything that I "should" be doing, and cope by not doing any of it...something I'm trying to change. I try to limit sleeping, though not always successfully. It tends to make things worse instead of better for me.
@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Housework can get overwhelming to me to. but I need to get motivated to clean house a lot more often. Anyway, I think if I had more places to put things it would be helpful as in keeping the house clean and neat so long as I did not get more stuff to put into the house.
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• United States
6 Jul 08
I have periodically subscribed to the Fly Lady: http://www.flylady.net/ She reminds me to break down housework into little pieces, make it manageable, and keep my eyes on the goal. And really, what I think I need to do sometimes is just start a bonfire...so much stuff that I have a hard time tossing. It's the "what if I need it in twenty years?" mentality that I'm trying to conquer. I used to tell myself that I just didn't have the storage space, and though that was true to some extent, the truth is that we just have too much junk!
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I have frequented her site also, but for me really I have to little space for the number of people who live here, because this is really a small place I am down to almost nothing and still no room. I will just have to get rid of more stuff i suppose. I don't like cleaning well enough to keep storing things, I mostly have clothes and papers to deal with those are two of the hardest things to deal with in my personal opinion because there never seems to be an end to either of them. I need to get a place found for everything though so that it will be nicer in here hopefully one day.
• Philippines
7 Jul 08
I go online. I read other people's blogs. I read inspirational stuff. I read the Bible. But I find that the Bible and a cup of cocoa is best for curing my depressions. :) Talking with friends about the problems leave me more drained. Praying about them feels better. Gotta try it! :D
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I think that what you said is a good idea, very good answer in my opinion. Hope you have a great day, and thanks for responding to this.
• Philippines
8 Jul 08
Thank you too, Anna! :) Have a great day too. :)
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• Philippines
3 Apr 10
And oh, I forgot that I would always have a cup of coffee and a bar of chocolate to cure my blues. OR, Coffee + Chocolate + Bible + Christian Music. Works everytime. :D
@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
11 Jul 08
i guess, for me, it depends on the severity of my depression at that time. I am diagnosed with bi-polar type 2 with severe depression, with the type two i am always in a state of depression, it is just the severity of the depression that fluxuates. most of the times i find that if i am able to force myself to do something outside such as take a walk, go outside and just write my thoughts, do somem photography, or just go sit at the park, it helps to alliviate some of the depression...again it depends on how bad it is at that moment. If it's a problem that is bringing me down, i will put all my focus into thinking of the solution. distracting the mind, such as watching tv or a movie, playing a video game, or on the computer, can be good but you have to be careful how long you do it for, you may feel a bit better while you are doing it, but your not being very active and just pushing everything aside for a while, it hasn't been dealt with so it is still there to come back later