Whenever I broach a conversation about depression with one of my friends, her response is usually, “Snap out of it.”  It used to bother me, and I would get defensive because what does she know about depression, but, she may have a point.

Here are three simple tips you can use today to snap out of it, if you are feeling some gloom:

  1. Glam it up! Last Saturday I bought a dress at Burlington Coat Factory. It was kinda tacky but, it was originally $150 down to $39.99, and the rack was full of them so not too many people were buying it.  I can pull it off, stand out, be cheery.  It had pizzazz, and was a throw back to the 80’s with rhinestones sprinkled all over the front. Not my usual taste but, wearing it made me feel a snap.  Clothes make a difference when you are trying to snap out of it. 
  2. Find something to clean. After buying that dress I went home and felt gloomy when I walked into my loft. The floor bothered me, and I couldn’t recall the last time I cleaned it. So, I got on my hands and knees, and scrubbed. I had previously purchased some all-natural floor cleaner at Whole Foods, and noticed a difference versus the usual Pine Sol, and it made me feel a snap. Your home has something you can clean today so pick something and clean it. 
  3. Internet surfing. Most of us have our go-to websites we read every morning, and sometimes it can feel like a rut when you continue to surf the same sites over and over. LA Times, CNN, PageSix, Huffington Post, Drudge Report, NY Times, BBC, USA Today, LinkedIn. Those more or less are my go-to websites to glean information for my day. But today, pick something else. Where else can I get my news? Why not try the Washington Post? So what if I don’t live in Washington. News is news. Shaking up your web surfing content is a simple thing you can do today.

These three suggestions have worked for me. So, I am sitting here today reading the Washington Post in my glam dress and feeling pretty good. My desk could use some cleaning so, there’s something quick and easy to help me snap out of it.

Just think simple, easy, snaps.

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