10 Daily Tips to Manage Depression

I have worked for many years with people who have depression, and while there is no easy solution, I have found certain attitudes and behaviors more helpful than others. These simple guidelines can also help even if you don’t have depression.

  1. Set goals and priorities.
  2. Meditate.
  3. Do it now. Don’t procrastinate.
  4. Keep a regular sleep schedule.
  5. Look good and feel good.
  6. Exercise.
  7. Take prescribed medication.
  8. Be honest.
  9. Think “I can,” versus “I can’t.”
  10. Nourish relationships — with yourself and others.

I have this list printed as a handout to give to clients. They often tape it to their bathroom mirror or other place that they usually go in the morning as a checklist for starting the day.

Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. There is only one You; taking care of your mind, body, and spirit are essential to living fully and sharing your gifts with others.

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2 Comments on “10 Daily Tips to Manage Depression”

  1. edward ocean Says:

    Excellent list, Kathryn. Thank you for sharing. I’m going to print out a copy, in a nice font on fun paper, and post it on my cork board, next to my various notes and to-do lists.

  2. Raspil Says:

    Thanks for posting this, I need something to help my dad and I can’t figure it out on my own — thanks for being there/here/you.