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Elena Deeley

How to Overcome Depression: A Simple Guide

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Elena Deeley, (2021, January 5). How to Overcome Depression: A Simple Guide. Psychreg on Health Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/overcome-depression-guide/
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All over the world, there are about 264 million people that suffer from depression.

If you feel like you’re one of those millions of people who are depressed, you may be wondering how to overcome depression.

Thankfully, there is help and support out there, so keep reading to find out what to do.

Get a different point of view

You may want to try and get a different point of view. When you’re depressed, your brain will think in a negative loop.

Even if positive things are happening to you, your depression will convince you that you’re sad and lonely. 

Once you get in that negative loop, it’s very difficult to get out of it and see the good in the world. You might want to make a gratitude list to help put it all into perspective.

And one way to retrain your brain is to write down a negative thing that you’re thinking. Then turn it into a positive, and eventually, you’ll be able to see the positives in your life.

Give yourself time to be sad

It’s okay to be sad every now and then, and sometimes wallowing in it can be good for you. But you have to pull yourself back up out of the hole at some point. 

You shouldn’t suppress your feelings, so let yourself feel your emotions, but realise at some point that you have to pick yourself up. 

One way to be sad and productive at the same time is to whip out a journal. You should write down everything you feel because this is a great way to get it out of yourself. 

Sleep better

It can be hard to get a good sleep when you’re depressed, but not getting enough sleep can really make you feel even more depressed. 

In order to try and get a night of good sleep, you should make sure that you turn off all of your electronics about an hour before you go to bed. If you’re going to read, use dim light to get yourself relaxed. 

You should also make sure that your bed is only for sleeping or sex. If you start working in bed, you’ll condition yourself to be alert and ready rather than relaxed while in bed. 

Eat well

Your diet also helps to affect your mood, so this can be a key to overcoming depression. 

When you’re depressed, you may tend to eat unhealthy foods or not eat at all. However, you should include lots of vegetables and fruits in your diet. 

If you don’t feel like eating, make sure that you choose a healthy snack rather than grab some junk food. 

If this doesn’t help, you may want to consider getting some medication on this site!

Learn more about how to overcome depression

These are only a few ways on how to overcome depression, but there are many more ways to help as well.

We know that dealing with depression can be stressful, but you don’t have to do it alone. 

We’re here to help you! If you enjoyed this article, make sure that you explore our website to find more articles just like this one!


Elena Deeley did her degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.


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