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5 Things To Do Now If You Are Depressed This Thanksgiving

Depression happens year-round! Symptoms of depression can be more intense during the day or more depending on different circumstances.  Depression sucks! It sucks the life out us, the joy, the happiness, and much, much more.  If you are like me, willing to try anything to get a smidgen of depression-relief then these five suggestions may be helpful reminders or new tools to get that smidgen… Wow, Tommy you survived another year! Do you want me to get the Farms Meds? Turkey Sabotage Reasons Why You Could Be Depressed For The Holidays image

Duck: Wow, Tommy you survived another year!  Do you want me to get the Farms Meds?
Title: Turkey Sabotage
“Reasons Why You Could Be Depressed For The Holidays.”

5 Things To Do Now If Depressed

  • Get out of Bed.  When I’m depressed, the hardest part of my day is getting out of bed, or putting on that first sock. Make Your Bed — Nathan Feiles, MSW, LCSW-R says “Getting out of bed can be very tough with depression. The first step to take is to sit up on the bed, put your feet on the floor, and visualize leaving all of your troubles and thoughts behind you in the bed. Then, get up and nicely make your bed, leaving the troubles behind for the day.” 
  • Get out of the house and Outside — “This can be one of the toughest steps for people who struggle with depression — actually leaving the house.”  Says Feiles. Ya did he call this one, my problem is stepping out of my room, but I find going outside just spending a few minutes is helpful.  Or running an errand or two. I liked his idea of pacing. When I walk, I normally do some self-talking: so I worried what my neighbors would think to see me pacing and talking to myself every day.
  • Go for a walk  – This goes with the above, but take it a few steps more.  Exercise is helpful in the reduction of some the symptoms of depression.  So going for a walk may help to take the edge off.
  • Make a List of Activities – Plan ahead Feiles suggests, “Brainstorm activities that you’d enjoy doing. Include things to do at home and out with people. Try to generate a list of things that includes others and that gives you some time to yourself.
  • This is a Nathan Feiles, MSW, LCSW-R quote word-for-word because it’s that important:

    See Family and Friends — This one is more about the people than the activity. Being around other people is often helpful for mood improvement. Schedule specific dates and times with friends and family, outside of the house. The more you can remove yourself from the environment of depression (usually the home and bedroom), the better chance of overcoming it. 

Dig Deeper:

12-Steps to Creating Motivation When Depressed

Feiles, N. (2013). 12-Steps to Creating Motivation When Depressed. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 24, 2017, from

5 Things To Do Now If You Are Depressed This Thanksgiving

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2017). 5 Things To Do Now If You Are Depressed This Thanksgiving. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 14, 2019, from


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