“You can go out there and conquer the world, but then there’s that voice say “who are you? You know you can’t do that. That cancerous attitude, that self-defeatist attitude and it’s always there.”
Iraq War Vet
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There are other ways that you can feel better. Your doctor or counselor may have some ideas about the different things you can do to manage your depression every day. You can also learn more from books, articles, and websites written by mental health professionals.
In the meantime, here are some different ideas to get you started:
- Exercise, like walking, lifting weights, golf, martial arts, team sports
(like basketball, football, ultimate Frisbee, softball etc.)
- Try to be with other people
- Get involved in activities that may make you feel better go to a game, movie, or
concert with a buddy
- Talk to a buddy that you trust
You may want to set some goals and make a plan for how you’re going to fit these kinds of things into your busy life. Here are seven quick steps about doing that:
- Decide what you want to do.
- Look for ways to get there. Make a list of options and choose the one you
think will work best.
- Develop an action plan. Be specific, say what the action is and when you are
going to do it.
- Carry out your plan.
- Review the results. Is your plan working?
- Adjust your plan. Plans don’t always work out, so tweak the parts that need it.
- Reward yourself.