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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:57 am 
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What activities do you do to get yourself out of a depressive funk? You know, when you feel so bad you don't want to get out of bed.

I like to bake things, like a simple batch of cookies or some bread. It gets my mind off whatever is bothering me. Plus i'm good at it, so i feel better about myself. And of course, there's the added bonus of a yummy treat, which is especially cool because i generally don't want to eat when i am depressed.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:10 pm 
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When I hit the point that I don't want to get out of bed I normally don't without medical intervention!

When I feel my mood slipping, though, I use lots of distraction techniques such as baking or cooking while listening to music, go to the gym, walk my dog, get my friend over for a cup of tea (talking and socialising is the most important for me) or I do a jigsaw puzzle. As long as it is something I enjoy because cleaning the bath isn't going to give me that boost.

If I'm a little lower and finding motivation an issue I do some self care stuff (I hate that phrase!) such as relaxation, taking a bath or shower, watching a fluffy, feel good movie (Harvey & It's A Wonderful Life are my go-to) with some hot chocolate and the curtains closed, ordering my favourite takeaway etc. Stuff that doesn't require too much concentration!


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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:12 pm 
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Depends on how bad I am. If I am bad enough I literally will only get out of bed because the dog has to be walked. Other than that nothing will actually work.

If it is only minor low mood then getting out of bed early in the morning and forcing myself to get out on a super long walk and then cooking some meals that I like. Having a tidy environment helps me cheer up a bit too.

If I'm just normal person crabby then hanging out with friends or watching a good comedy works.

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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
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Yea! I'm so happy that you started this thread. This is actually something I'm focusing on right now, activities as a way to break the depression cycle. I've been trying to pick one fun activity and one masterful task per day. I don't always get to the masterful task as Sarah-Jane put it, cleaning the bath doesn't give me a boost! But, I do get self-esteem and accomplished feelings from doing stuff like that, so I'm trying to get there. I adore working with my therapist because she is ALL about the baby steps to get yourself used to doing activities again. Like part of my homework towards that masterful activity is to make a list of all of the chores that I need to do and then chunk them out into a schedule that will work for me. I'm really hoping to get back to enjoying life instead of just barely functioning. For a while there the only thing I could manage would be getting myself to work. Almost all outside of work time was/is spent sleeping. I have found that the more that I do stuff, the better I feel though!

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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:43 pm 
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Like the others in this thread, it depends on how severe it is/how hard it hit me. Sometimes, I can't manage to do much except lay there and feel excruciatingly depressed. If I can tell that I'm headed towards a downward mood, I try to see some live music, get out and walk places, hit the gym more often than normal, eat some fabulous food in a restaurant, bake.
I also on a regular basis try to ensure I'm doing self-caring things like pampering myself by taking bubble baths, doing my hair and makeup (which is something I majorly slack off on when very anxious or depressed, which in turn makes me feel worse), stroganoff, dawdling in book stores and record stores.

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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:38 pm 
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Yoga. It helps me so much. Even if I feel like crepe before, during, and after class, I still feel better than if I don't go. It clears my mind a bit, and prevents me from sitting on the couch or going to bed too early and feeling worse.

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I go swimming (I just float around in the whirlpool and ride the water slide), I have taken up ballet again, I take cooking classes, I volunteer with kitties, I spend time with my kitty, my boyfriend and I go on "culture" dates (basically that means we do stuff like check our Japanese Gardens or go to a museum/art show), and I just try to say yes to anything anyone invites me to. It helps, really. Not a cure-all, but even keeping my google calendar packed with stuff that isn't just work makes me happier.


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Knit, or other crafty stuff. When I'm really ill it means a lot to be able to look at a thing and think "I made this!". Learning new skills is also healing for me. However, it's not a cure, I don't function in the long run without antidepressants.

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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:24 pm 
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- Sex and cuddling helps the most
- I looove all sort of lotions, and cremes and perfumes, and makeup etc. So it helps to take a nice, long shower and then do my hair and makeup and put on nice clothes.
- Keeping the flat tidy and clean
- Yoga and long walks


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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
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I was trying the other day to teach myself how to do the Harlem Shake (the actual dance move), and it made me feel so good! I can't do it; I'm too uncoordinated, but something about trying to teach myself something and moving felt good.

paprikapapaya: I agree about the self care. Even just taking a shower is an important step. The failure to shower is like the beginning of the end for me. It just slowly slides into me laying in bed all day and doing absolutely nothing besides feeling sad and guilty.

I have museums and yoga on my list of things to try/do more. I plan to start watching more movies as well. Not necessarily active, but I'd have to be awake, and some movies are just so beautiful and hopeful. I'm kind of thinking about watching Amelie tonight.

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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
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This is such a good thread! I'm struggling with it as well. I try and make sure I take my vitamin D because I know that it's part of why I'm feeling down right now. Other than that, I say yes to things happening and am throwing myself into physical activity because it usually helps me feel better. Being productive in some way but also doing self care (baking, tea, showering for a long time, yoga).

NDPittman, we should go to Fazenda's and get donuts on soon. Because who doesn't love donuts?!??

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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
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I went to the museum and it was great! Beautiful art, light through the windows and a nice friend to share it with.

My spirits are lifted :)

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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
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Man I wish I lived near some vegans because being around other vegans actually makes me happy. I forgot that one.

And cheesecake.

I need to make a trip soon to visit some vegans and to go get cheesecake. Come to think of it..... doing something vegan related does me the world of good if it is only something minor. Like Sarah-Jane if it is something serious then only a medication bomb will get me out of it. Actually, I once heard the combination of meds I am on referred to as a "bomb for depression."

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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
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i haven't been able to get out of bed most of this week, but today i had a little bit of energy. the first step was showering and getting completely made up, including makeup, hair, and perfume. i like to look up youtube tutorials and try them out on days like this. next i blasted some metal and cleaned like a mother hubbard, with plans to cook something besides a microwave burrito later. also when i'm feeling a little bit better but still crappy, i send out a bunch of texts asking to hang out with people, so that i have something to look forward to later in the week.


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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:15 pm 
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Cleaning my apartment. Not because I love cleaning, but focusing really hard on getting crepe out of my grout distracts me from feeling shitty. Same with re-organizing spices, books, etc. I feel like I've sort of accomplished something afterwards too.

Watching funny films or reading non-depressing books can cheer me up, but that's obvious.

Going for walks or calling my mom (who spends the entire time talking about her cats.)

Grooming. I don't always feel like taking a shower, but I usually feel better when I do. Same goes with combing my hair or playing with makeup or whatever.

Writing long-ish letters and emails to pen pals or people I haven't heard from in a while.

Flipping through my massive cookbook pile and making lists of ingredients to get for the recipes I want to try, then cooking some of them.

I do occasionally have those days where I feel like it's tough to do ANYTHING, but usually I at least try to do one of those things to get myself started.


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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:23 pm 
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Limone wrote:
Cleaning my apartment. Not because I love cleaning, but focusing really hard on getting crepe out of my grout distracts me from feeling shitty. Same with re-organizing spices, books, etc. I feel like I've sort of accomplished something afterwards too.

Watching funny films or reading non-depressing books can cheer me up, but that's obvious.

Going for walks or calling my mom (who spends the entire time talking about her cats.)

Grooming. I don't always feel like taking a shower, but I usually feel better when I do. Same goes with combing my hair or playing with makeup or whatever.

Writing long-ish letters and emails to pen pals or people I haven't heard from in a while.

Flipping through my massive cookbook pile and making lists of ingredients to get for the recipes I want to try, then cooking some of them.

I do occasionally have those days where I feel like it's tough to do ANYTHING, but usually I at least try to do one of those things to get myself started.



I dont use make up and my mum doesnt talk about cats alot but YES to everything else. Feels a bit weird reading this.

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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:42 pm 
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I have this problem where when i get depressed, i lose my motivation and ability to make decisions. And then i just do nothing but feel sad until i finally do something. So, i am planning on putting together a pretty little handbook to have around full of good things to do when i'm sad. I'm going to decorate it with glitter, stickers, and maybe a few pictures of kittens.

-Watching something funny is my go-to, cos it requires little effort and successfully distracts me.
-Cuddling is definitely a good one. Being all snuggled up with my boy is very comforting and warm. Plus, if i'm in a good enough mood for sex, then yay endorphins!
-Playing with my cat. She's a big puddle of a cat and totally rocks.

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 Post subject: Re: Anti-Depression/Sadness Activities
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I love the idea of a handbook! Maybe I will copy your idea for when I'm feeling gloomy.

I get really depressed during the work week, just hating my job/school and thinking about quitting, etc., and I've found the best thing to get me out of that funk is to spend about 30-60 min in the sun. I usually grab a tea or coffee and just soak in the rays. I always thought the connection between sun and mood was a little iffy (excluding S.A.D.) but man, it has helped me *a lot*. If there's no sun to be had that day, I still grab that tea or coffee and try to walk for 20 min in my university's park areas, away from traffic and people. Just the physical act of walking or being outside really helps me to feel better and put things in perspective.

I also try to tidy up the house a bit, since I've noticed that dirtiness is a trigger for my depression. Cleaning up the kitchen, cleaning the bathroom, picking debris off the carpet, and getting the laundry done helps a lot. I feel like I need a lot of order in my life and when things get too disorganized I hit the point where i can't get out of bed and stuff. So forcing myself to stick to a bedtime/wakeup time, eating a healthy breakfast, making lunch and dinner (instead of buying or eating crepe), and keeping the apt picked up also does wonders for keeping my mood in check.

I hope you find some things that work for you, and that you share them all with us! :)

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At the very, very bottom of my worst depression ever, despite being in a day program and having medication, group and private therapy, i was still just on the edge of the abyss. I had a coworker who took me on as her charity, literally, and made herself responsible for going walking with me at lunch breaks, meeting up with me on the weekend (giving me a reason to get out of bed and take a shower), and thinking up pointless tasks (i realized now) that simply were excuses for making me use my brain and my body.
I really and truly believe that she saved my life, and to this day I think of her when I'm having a rough time and I go for a walk or go for a run.

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enjoy the sun if there is some! i also try to put on music and organize!

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@ torque: that is so awesome about your co-worker. Obviously it's terrible that you were in such a bad place, but it is comforting to know that there are people out there who will go out of their way to help a fellow human.

I'm going to add cleaning to my handbook. I don't enjoy cleaning, but it's pretty easy to disinfect the bathroom. And then i can look at it and be like "yay i did something!"

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I haven't been doing this much lately, but I used to do a lot of hand-sewing to keep my hands and mind occupied. I once covered an entire shoe with a pattern of individual sequins and seed beads... it took FOREVER but boy oh boy did it take my mind off things.


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Limone wrote:
Going for walks or calling my mom (who spends the entire time talking about her cats.)

This is me. My dad thinks twice before calling me sometimes because I only tell cat stories or live action of what they are all doing.

Anyway, I have definitely experienced the 'I can't get out of bed, but now I've spent all day in bed and I feel worse than if I would have just made myself get up.'
Anti-depression activities:
making lists, watch daytime TV, call my sister, lay in the bottom of the shower, smoke hookah. My acupuncturist told me to go to the edge of a forest in the sunshine and dig a hole and scream into it.
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reading books, giving myself whatever I want (examples: veggie grill, restaurant soup, naps, breaking all plans), get outside and climb something tall and feel above yourself and breathe in new air, listen to music and cry, hug cats, watch The Cosby Show, blow money on magazines and read them, walk around bookstores alone and try to physically feel the aloneness, make plans for trips, go to the beach, get hugs from jdfunks.

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My acupuncturist told me to go to the edge of a forest in the sunshine and dig a hole and scream into it.

I love this.


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@ torque: that is so awesome about your co-worker. Obviously it's terrible that you were in such a bad place, but it is comforting to know that there are people out there who will go out of their way to help a fellow human.

I'm going to add cleaning to my handbook. I don't enjoy cleaning, but it's pretty easy to disinfect the bathroom. And then i can look at it and be like "yay i did something!"

If you haven't already, check out Un-fuck your habitat. There's an app as well. One day when I was feeling down I clicked on the random 5 min challenge (on the app) and it told me to wipe down my bathroom counter and put away the clutter. Another was to make my bed. I was like, um....are those things to be proud of??? But I got off my duff, did them, they were easy, and I felt a little better.

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