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Tips for Managing Depression

by The Urban News
Americans are seeking mental health care in record numbers.

Do just two of these things, any two, to reduce the effects of depression and anger.

Shower. Not a bath, a shower. Use water as hot or cold as you like. You don’t even need to wash. Just get in under the water and let it run over you for a while. Sit on the floor if you gotta.

Moisturize everything. Use whatever lotion you like; unscented lotion, dollar store lotion, fancy lotion that makes you smell yummy. Use whatever you want, and massage it into your body.

Put on clean, comfortable clothes.

Put on your favorite underwear. You know the ones. Put them on.

Drink water. If you want, add some mint or lemon for an extra boost.

Clean something. Doesn’t have to be anything big. Organize one drawer of a desk. Wash five dirty dishes. Do a load of laundry. Scrub the bathroom sink. Pick up 30 things and put them away.

Play music. Listen to something upbeat. Blast something that’s got lots of energy. Sing to it, dance to it, even if you suck at both—no one is watching, so just have fun.

Make food. Don’t just grab a granola bar or a snack bag. Take the time and make food. Even if it’s ramen. Add something special to it, like a soft boiled egg or some veggies. Prepare food, it tastes way better, and you’ll feel like you accomplished something.

Make something. Write a short story or a poem, draw a picture, color a picture, fold origami, crochet or knit, sculpt something out of clay, anything artistic. Even if you don’t think you’re good at it. Creating something gives your mind something new to focus on.

Go outside. Take a walk. Sit in the grass. Look at the clouds. Smell flowers. Play in the snow. Put your hands in the dirt and feel the soil against your skin. Make a snow angel or go sledding. Throw snowballs.

Call someone. Call a loved one, a friend, a family member, call a chat service if you have no one else to call. Talk to a stranger on the street. Have a conversation and listen to…

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