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10 Tips To

Overcome Depression

  1. Focus on today... Asking "What do I need to do to get through the day?" is a practical strategy that focuses your thoughts and drives improved outcomes.

  2. Listen to your body... Your body is providing hints like sweaty palms and lethargy, indicating that something is not okay.

  3. Assess your lifestyle choices.. Look for a healthy balance of stimulating alone time, down time, and social time.

  4. Focus on realistic thoughts... Question extreme positive or negative views. Look for a balanced outlook that truly reflects all the facts as they exist today.

  5. Do the opposite... to what your depressive thoughts are telling you. For example, get out of bed, shower, get dressed, go for a walk in the fresh air, do some excercise. Do the practical things that have real health benefits.

  6. Avoid unhealthy coping strategies... Like alcohol, drugs, gambling or violence. Look for healthy coping strategies, like exercise or a hobby. Exercise releases "happy" endorphins... seratonin, lifting your mood.

  7. Give no voice to self-harm... Self harm will give you short term relief from other pain but ultimately will do nothing to help your depression.

  8. Start small... Focus on small steps, looking to accomplish achievable goals.

  9. Share your feelings... Look for supportive friends or family to help you through your dark times. This will help you to cope with your feelings of isolation and loneliness.

  10. Seek professional help... Depression can be a serious illness requiring professional intervention. A counsellor can provide non-medical treatment, whilst a doctor can discuss a Health Care Plan and may consider antidepressants as a treatment.

This page is designed as a quick & handy reference guide, providing you with the foundation blocks that will get you on your way to a happier life. As an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, I can help you to integrate these methods into your daily life practically and quickly, allowing you to focus on things that you would prefer to be focussing on... like the rest of your life.

Call me on (07) 3350 422 or 0418 668 448, or email me at Antonia@CounsellorsRoom.com to make an appointment or discuss your options. Medicare rebates available.