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Coming Back to Life

Signs of Depression:

  • Fatigue: lack of energy for basic functioning
  • Difficulty concentrating and/or making decisions
  • Hopelessness: the future looks bleak
  • Worthlessness: frequent fault finding
  • Isolating self: avoiding social contact
  • Sleep disturbance: difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Escape into addiction (drugs, alcohol, sex, TV, exercise, etc.)
  • Loss of interest in or ability to experience pleasure

Options for Relieving Depression:

  • Get moving! Stretch, walk, run, help out: use those muscles.
  • Eat well: lots of fruits, veggies & whole grains, little fat and salt.
  • Reach out: call, talk, walk, hang out with others.
  • Practice Pleasure!
  • Make a growing list of things you love to do.
  • Do at least one "sure thing" every day.
  • Try a new one at least once a week.
  • Track your thoughts: replace negative with positive.
  • Make your anger productive: change what needs to change.
  • Face fear: what might happen? How would you cope?                    
  • Do what you fear and the fear will disappear!!!
  • Comfort sadness: do what helps in letting go of your losses.
  • Steer clear of negative people.
  • Make choices! What do you really want? Go for it.
  • Get help. Talk to a counselor. Consider medication.
  • Make a list of other ways to help myself:


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