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How To Cope With The Ups And Downs Of Depression


Being depressed can cause individuals to feel pretty down.  This article will explore ways for individuals to have a balanced lifestyle and prevent the development of depression in their lifestyles.

Never Return To What Hasn’t Worked In The Past

First and foremost, if something hasn’t worked in the past, do not continue with it, whether it is a relationship, work, or even a friend.  Find a new beginning.  There is always an opportunity to start over.  According, the following can be noted:

Whether a job, or a broken relationship that was ended for a good reason, we should never go back to the same thing, expecting different results, without something being different.

Do Not Change Yourself

On a second note, do not change yourself for another person.  To be specific, do not change yourself for another person, whether it is in a relationship or a friend.  According to, the following can be stated:

In everything we do, we have to ask ourselves, “Why am I doing this? Am I suited for it? Does it fit me? Is it sustainable?” If the answer is no to any of these questions, you better have a very good reason to proceed.

Do Not Try To Please Everyone

On third note, do not try to please everyone.  This never works.  You are never going to please everyone.  Quit trying to please everyone.  It is never going to work out.  According to, the following can be mentioned:

When you realize that you cannot force someone into doing something, you give him or her freedom and allow them to experience the consequences. In doing so, you find your own freedom as well.

Do Not Take Your Eyes Off The Big Picture

On a fourth note, do not take your eyes off the big picture.  Always focus on the long term not the short term.  According to, the following can be stated:

We function better emotionally and perform better in our lives when we can see the big picture. For successful people, no one event is ever the whole story. Winners remember that—each and every day.


This article has provided readers with four specific strategies to avoid depression during difficult times in one’s life.  If these strategies do not work for you, continue trying other strategies that do work for you.  The sky is the limit.  Dig deep.  If at first you do not succeed try again.

How To Cope With The Ups And Downs Of 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. (2017). How To Cope With The Ups And Downs Of Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2019, from


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