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How To Cope With Depression

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Have you suffered from depression in the past or are currently suffering from depression? Are you currently taking medication that works or does not work? Either way you may be looking for alternative approaches for the treatment of symptoms associated with depression in addition to medication. This article will describe specific ways to cope with the symptoms of depression besides the use of medication. They include exercise and journaling.

How Can Exercise Help Someone Who Is Depressed?

One of the symptoms associated with depression is a lack of energy. You may feel sluggish, tired, and experience a loss of interest in your daily activities. You may want to stay in bed all day and sleep. This is not a productive nor a healthy lifestyle to lead. With that said, according to, “Energy loss is one of the key characteristics of depression. Some people feel that it’s the key characteristic of depression,” says Robert E. Thayer, PhD, a psychology professor at California State University, Long Beach, an expert in managing mood, and the author of Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise.” As a result, however, according to, “Exercise generates energy.” It is also important to note that you do not have to be a professional athlete or a marathon runner to experience the energizing impacts of exercise to alleviate your symptoms associated with depression. Just try going to the gym three times a week or going for a walk outside.

How Can Journaling Help Someone With Depression?

In addition to exercise, another way for someone to alleviate the symptoms associated with depression is through journaling. Journaling can be very therapeutic, especially for someone who is suffering from depression. People with depression have a tendency to feel overwhelmed and hopeless. Even if it is once a week to start, try writing down how you feel. Nobody has to read it or look at what you have written. It can be for you simply to reflect on and look at. As a result, what you have written will be private and enable you to improve your mood and reflect on how you feel.


Exercise and journaling are just two ways to cope with the symptoms associated with depression. However, it is important to note they are two practical and inexpensive ways to cope with the symptoms associated with depression. Give them a try. See how you benefit from them.

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How To Cope With Depression

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). How To Cope With Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 31, 2020, from


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