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Tools for coping with depression

If you feel you’re struggling with depression, these tools are a starting point to help.

Set healthy limits

Shop with a list or put cash in a special envelope. This system will help you limit your spending to the amount of money you can afford. Meanwhile, it may help to look for opportunities to be with people or pets that make you feel happy.


Before you self-sabotage, like binge eating or doing too much shopping, ask yourself, "Am I hungry, angry, lonely or tired?" If the answer is, “yes,” address those needs first.


Writing down your thoughts and feelings every day can help you understand the source of your depression. Journaling can also help you learn more about yourself by writing down your thoughts and feelings. Use your journal as a private way to express any thoughts you have and read them later to reflect on where you have been compared to where you are now.


Studies have shown that exercise can provide mood-boosting endorphins as well as increased self-esteem. Even 20 minutes, three times a week can make a difference.1


It’s been said that depression is living in the past and anxiety is living in the future. Learn to live in the present by meditating each day. Meditation also lets you practice non-attachment — when a negative thought comes to mind, acknowledge it and let it go.

Talk to someone

Opening up to family, friends or a trained therapist can help you recover from depression. Some health care professionals can also discuss medication options. If you feel like you need to talk, start by calling a friend who will listen without judgment.

Seek immediate help

If you are considering suicide, you should call 911, go to the nearest emergency room or call a suicide prevention helpline. Don’t lose hope. There’s help ready and waiting.


  1. WebMD. Exercise and Depression. February 18, 2020. Accessed July 21, 2021.