KleenexYou think you have depression and wonder what you can do to help relieve your symptoms. Obviously if the depression is serious you should go and see your doctor or psychologist, but here are a few suggestions if you are having a bad day or mild depression.

Get outside, if it's sunny then sunshine really helps depression. If it's not sunny, then being outside is still good for you. The best time of the day to be outside is between 11am and 12 noon. Look at the clouds, appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. If it's dark appreciate the stars.

JoggingExercise, ideally outside. Walk, run, hike, cycle. Or go on your treadmill or exercise bike.

Get engrossed in a book. Don't read a how to book that you've always wanted to read, read a novel that you just can't put down.

Reduce your stress. Is there too much stress in your life, can you reduce it?

Sleep at night. Get a good night's sleep, try not to sleep during the day so that you will sleep better at night. Don't stay up all night watching infomercials.

Treat yourself. Take a bath, relax, do something you enjoy. Have a haircut or a pedicure, something that will make you feel better.

PrayingPray or meditate.

Avoid computer screens, which tend to make you feel depressed when you use them for a long time.

Talk to a friend, family member or therapist. Talk out your thoughts and feelings.

Eat healthy food, don't eat junk food. Drink pure water. Make sure you are taking a multi-vitamin, supplements that are known to help depression include omega-3, folic acid and St John's Wart.

See your general physician to make sure there isn't an underlying physical problem.

Find something for free online, maybe a free movie, or listen to music for free. Watch a happy movie, a comedy, or a movie that makes you cry. Listen to music, dance when no one's looking.

Count your blessings. List all the things that are good in your life. Say positive things to yourself, about yourself and about others. Try and say encouraging things to others and they will say them back to you.

Write about your feelings, start a journal.

Be creative, draw, make something.

Retail therapy. This is good for short term, but be careful you don't spend too much and be more depressed the next day.





This does not constitute medical advice, if you suffer from clinical depression you should see a doctor.