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Self-help: Recovering from depression

There are a number of strategies that help you to rebuild your self-confidence and regain control of your life while you are recovering from depression.

Depression recovery
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Try to plan your day so that any potentially difficult tasks become easier to deal with, and practice relaxation techniques on a regular basis. You might like to try some of the following ideas:

  • Make a list of things that you have to do each day, beginning with the most important.
  • Tackle one task at a time, and reflect on what you have achieved when each is done.
  • Set aside a few minutes each day to relax by breathing deeply or stretching (see Relaxation exercises).
  • Exercise regularly to help to reduce feelings of stress (see The benefits of exercise).
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Take up a pastime or hobby that distracts you from worries.
  • Join a support group where you can meet other people who have had similar experiences.

Posted 09.09.2010

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