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Here's 10 ways that help me, and could help you with depression/stress.

10 things to help with depression/stress::

1. Try to take a relaxing walk. (Find a place near you that's calm and peaceful. Parks are always nice, and if you can find one where there's a nice place to sit, do so, and sit there and think of how beautiful nature is.)

2. Read a good book. (Books help a person escape reality, and expose them to a different place where anything is possible allowing them to see things differently.)

3. Take a warm bath with some candles and relaxing music. (See if you can find a moment to yourself, where the house is empty, and just sit in the bath and breathe deeply, freeing your mind of everything but the calm sounds around you.)

4. Scream into a pillow. (I know it seems a bit strange, but doing this can help relieve more than just anger. Screaming is a release, and it can help purge the body of negativity, allowing a calm to develop afterward. It may take a few tries to start to feel better, but it does work. But remember to breathe afterward ;))

5. Draw/write. (It may seem as though you can't even think of drawing when you're depressed, but simply place the pen, or pencil onto a clean sheet of paper and just let it go. Even if you just write or draw scribbles, art has the power to help release tension and relieve stress. Don't be afraid to ruin a good sheet of paper with random babble/scribbles, paper can be recycled and reused, emotions/sanity can't.)

6. Pet a cat/dog. *or any animal for that matter* (Animals are here for us, even when we don't know it. Petting a cat or dog at least 10 minutes a day can't help lower your blood pressure, as well as calm your inner being/spirit. Sometimes the feeling of another being around you, or near you, touching you can help you feel less alone, aiding in helping you heal from the loneliness depression can sometimes cause you to feel. Animals appreciate you unconditionally, and take pride in knowing that. The love us for who we are, not what we are.)

7. Sleep. (Most of the time these days sleep eludes at least 50% of the worlds population at night, so we often feel groggy, unfit, or just plain blah everyday because we're walking around the world on little to no shut-eye. Depression can lead to insomnia, and for those who suffer from depression, we all know about this. However, there is a solution. Take one day to yourself, and during that day, sit back, put in a good movie or some good music, and just lay in bed until you drift off to sleep. Don't worry about messing up a sleep schedule, because if you suffer from insomnia, you don't have one already. Sleeping during the day is often frowned upon, or looked on as being lazy, but truth be told if that is the only time you can sleep, then do so. For those who are in school, weekends work best to do this. Ask anyone who is in your household before hand to leave you be alone, and just ignore everything until you can sleep. It's not sleep that eludes you, it's you who eludes sleep. Depression causes people to think too much, and as such they lose track of things that are important for their health *sleep, food, social contact, ect.* and so involuntarily they screw themselves over. So sleep.... it's good for you.)

8. Talk about it. (You heard me, find a good ear, and talk about it with someone. There's an abundance of good people in this world who are willing to just sit back and listen to anyone who needs to vent. If anything, try taking a trip to the local 'mature living' center, and talk to the people who live there. Older people, or people who are in the last years of their life have seen, and done many things, so their advice is worth more than that from people who are younger. Elderly people understand a lot more than we younger generation think, and even though they may appear brash and 'hard as nails' 99% of them are lonely and would love to talk to someone, even if it's about that person's problems.
Also, going to friends is a good thing too. Friends *the TRUE ones* are always there to help you and give you a hug when you need it. Tell them everything that is on/in your mind, and just let it all out. They'll listen, and possibly give you some of their own dose of advice if they can relate to what you're going through.)

9. Punch something, kick something, rip and tear up the grass, or break a stick. (Now I'm not talking about ruining a perfectly good tree, or creating bald spots in the lawn, but sometimes ripping something shreds can help just as much as screaming at the top of your lungs. Grass can grow back, and tree branches that have fallen are already dead, so there is no harm in doing this, as it's not cruel. Kicking a wall, or punching a pillow can relieve stress as well as make you feel good. ;) We humans tend to ball up our anger in fear that if we let it out, those around us will look down on us, however, years and years of balling up your anger can make you a grumbly ol' bat, so you have to let it out some how.
DO NOT PUNCH PEOPLE! ^^; I repeat, DO NOT PUNCH PEOPLE! I know people can be the root cause of your anger/depression, but punching or beating them up won't help. If anything, it'll make things worse. So keep your anger release to inanimate objects.
In winter it's also a good idea to use snow, and throw snowballs as hard as you can at a brick wall.)

10. "In with the good air, out with the bad" *repeat* (This is a silly little exercise, but it WORKS! Sometimes we need to just take a moment to breathe. Find a place to just sit back, close your eyes, and just breathe.  Take in deep, calm breaths, and count. Counting helps concentrate your mind on something other than what you are mad/depressed about, thus enabling relaxation to take place. Take as long as you need until you calm down and feel relaxed, then, try to think logically about things. If you feel you are getting annoyed or depressed again, repeat the breathing exercise again, only this time after you are done, don't think, just go and do something else.
If you find yourself getting annoyed repeatedly, then perhaps you're not ready to find out your problem, so just go about your daily life in hopes your problem's solution will present itself on it's own.)
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Sesshomarul182 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well they are good options but when I'm doing Homework and theres something I don't get I'm sitting there and try everything to get it solved but than I'm getting stressed and my parents allow me nothing until my homework is not finished
thecrazypegasister1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG same
Can we be friends
I dun understand hw at all so mayby we
Can be friends :3
Sesshomarul182 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
E-e-e-ehhhh s-sure but I'm pretty shy around new people ^^"
thecrazypegasister1 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ish ok .3.
BlueMJM Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Student General Artist
I really needed this, thanks.
BlueMJM Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Student General Artist
husnain4343 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
how i reduce my depression and stress because i m fail in 10th standard but i worked very hard

plz lell me the solution

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Xnemico Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Something I find invaluable is exercise.
I do calisthenics, and just 10 minutes into a workout I feel on top of the world, no matter how I was feeling before.
In fact, I feel that a lot of my depression comes from really the lack of things to do, or say, a missed opportunity.

Anyways, it's be swell if someone messaged me, cause I've been wanting someone to talk to about stuff for a while now, especially when I feel shit like now.
drudex666 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the first thing i remember is my grandmother dying in front of my eyes in agony i remember her kicking and screaming ( something in her brains) she was 42 , i was 4 but i still see that image every day , then my uncle aunt and their baby died in a car crash , 3 family members died in 4 months time all thanks to cancer one suicide (i was wih those people all the time ) then my mother got really sick a rare desease only 5 people world wide had it something in the stomach i didnt have much friends at school because for a period of 7 years it was 3 months of hospitall / 1 month home ,.... for my mother and i had to go there everyday so i didnt have any time what so ever noone even noticed me i broke my wrist and was on my own exept for my grandfather but he was more at work then home but still he did everything for me then he suffered but really sufered from cancer and he died then my mother recovered but half year later diagnosed with breast cancer but that got sorted out but still more reasons to be paraoid at some points in the story i got into 4 car crashes that suprisingly enough didnt kill me wich is weird if you see whats left of all those cars (one last year) 2 close friends died aswell and to this date i"m still on my own here but my dog always cheered my up (yey tears again) and they just got it killed in front of my eyes and fucking thrown a door at me for being upset and now everything all the pain is comming back sorry for the long text i really hope these methods will help me :)
YeaitsSilas Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ive been sober for about a week now, but im having the hardest time with motivtation and kicking my ass to do something i should be doing.... Deep down i still want to smoke, but i at least have the motivation to not smoke anymore... my only problem is what do i do now? Anytime I'm not working, i find myself just sitting in my basement, watching my tv or playing video games. For the longest time, ive been yearning to become maybe some sort of Youtube celeb and start my own gaming critic or animation channel or something, but i always find myself at a mental brick wall when working on a script or something... sometimes i wonder if it's either my addiction, my motivation, or just me.
Dark-ShadowXx Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Number 8 only works for people with good friends. If I had honest, reliable good friends, I wouldn't be feeling depressed in the first place. I've also seemed to have lost all interest in my previous hobbies so the only thing I can actually be bothered to do is schoolwork. That cuts number 2 out of the list because I can't be bothered with books--there's just too many that I'm not interested in and too few that I can be bothered with. Besides, i's hard to escape reality in a book when he screaming of your parents can be heard. Also, they're moving our town library to another city though I really don't see the need for that. I can't scream into a pillow either because it would disturb the neighbours and everyone would think I'd gone mad and the thought of taking a walk is too frightening. As for number 6, I really wish I had a pet but unfortunately I don't. It's just an endless cycle with no cure.

Hpwever, I just want to say thank you to the article writer for making this list as I'm sure it'll help a lot of people.
I just wish that some of these worked for me.
Ashley116Red Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, I feel awful for being depressed now! Like you, I can't do number 8 because my friends are mostly classmates, and I can't scream into a pillow, and petting my dog doesn't do crap because he just walks away when I pet him... However I have lots of hobbies and I love reading. Still, I think my hobbies and reading do me more bad than good because I can't do my hobbies well and I give up easily, and the stories I read are always depressing and make me cry more. LOL, I fail... But you don't even have a choice! Ugh, I'm an awful person... (T_T)|||
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TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
good advice
pegasusfreeze5867 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I've done 1 and 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 (9 was burning a picture, but don't worry, I put the fire out before it got the chance to get out of control ;))
Tonot Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Practice Qi gong :)
Felicity-Moep Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is a really nice article :)
Sometimes it helps me to hear music ,too :nod:
Pein-and-Sakura Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
I punched a blow-up doll. I dressed it up to look like someone I dislike.
Really, Really helped
Machu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Wow, these methods all sound good. A mixture of ways which involve both escapism from problems or confrontation with feelings :D
It's good to keep things in perspective though stressful feelings can make that difficult. I've felt that talking to people can be helpful sometimes since it allows someone else to share a different perspective on your situation (one's problem may even simply be an exaggeration of a fear and a friend can help you to see that).
wezenbeesje Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Point 1 explains why so many of us are depressed. There's not enough green around us. And if it is there, it will soon be replaced by ugly building. :( Well, in my country it happens., so if you take a walk you'll see how ugly it is outside and that causes more depression. Anyway, you're right, walking is is good if you have a nice place to walk.

When I draw, I sometimes get more depressed because it fails. People around me are criticizing my work, even if I say I don't want it so it doesn't help me to relax. And that's pity, drawing is my only hobby/way to relax.

Talking doesn't help me that much either. Everyone gets angry or says it's my fault instead they understand me so I get even more depressed. :(
Brambleleaf Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same... I don't have any good parks around me... Everythings buildings and more buildings and ppl abuseing the earth and ppl acting stupid -__-
FreeSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Ah, thank you. This helps me a lot.
Noe-Izumi Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this. I'm one of those persons who suffer anxiety disorders, so thanks :hug:
NorishSophie Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Great advice :)
ReikoChan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helpful indeed. But my cat passed away a month ago, so all I have is my other one. It was hard for me to accept that he was gone, and my depression just got worse, since he was best friend in the entire world, but my other cat and I are much closer than before. He sleeps with me, just like the other one that died.
Rhoey Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009   General Artist
It's all really good advice.

Though, I think you should have added one more, and it's to think positive thoughts. Just telling yourself every day that you're good, that you can do anything, and learn to become thankful for the things you have, you can actually become a quite content human being.
irisieren Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What if there is no time to do any of those things TnT;
Dawn-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Thanks! :D

I really like this article, a lot. I've been feeling really lonely and scared since my pet rat, Timmy, died last Saturday... my room has just been so empty, and I've had nobody around my house. (parents are working)

...I'm sure I'll use these. :heart:
Stella126 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Kicking a soccer ball into a brick wall helps too!
The-Kinky-Elf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
11.Get laid.

12 Get high
griffsnuff Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
xD THIS <3
Rhoey Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009   General Artist
Wow. If that's not the most immature comment I have ever read, then I don't know what is!
Jako-3000 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok i know your post is old but i just found it after some problems im having with the us military and while yes i agree what he said was a little immature it does have some promises....what happens during sex? endorphins are realized in your brain causing you to be happy and forget about everything but the one you are with(*most of the time) and as for smoking you are introducing a chemical that is already in your brain MEANT to calm you down and relax you. while this is illegal almost everywhere i will not deny that it has properties to help you and so did the medical community thus MEDICAL marijuana (which is used to help with depression, stress, and sadness along with other stuff) so I say if you have a mmj card and your depressed by all means toke away, if you do not have a mmj card then its up to you, is your depression/anger/whatever so bad that you are willing to go to a dealer and potentially have to deal with a cop...the answer is different for everyone, i wont just because if i do get hit by the cops with how pissed i am right now i would be likely to take a swing at the guy, and #9 says not to hit anyone.

also on a side note #5 is slightly helping. it may just be correcting an overreaction from someone about a post but hell i already feel a little better( i think its because i had to think of something other then the situation i am in but it worked) now its time to try out #3 - the candles...i would have to walk past my parents to get them and they would wonder if i was planning to burn the house down.
kuraze Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
Don't forget stress and depression are mental things so it doesn't hurt to think good thoughts too. If ya think good thoughts or take the bad situation and find the good or if there is no good make it good. Just thinking happy can work too.
AimeGracen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Student
Whoo, I'm the 300th person to :+fav: it :)

I'm always stressed out - Fine Arts school and I'm not even in college yet. Ugh. Wonderful list. I'll have to definitely try some of these out.
FyrbornXTG Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome News man...
I way agree.
I've been depressed my whole life usually I get over things but,.well sometimes its hard.
fierysoul Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
iv had strass/depression for years and i went down a bad rouite with it self harming and all its not good ended up doing that for 12ish years and i got in to real low places at times where things like that couldnt help and i wasnt open to them but firends aslways pulled me though but that on ly happens when you have some realo good friends. also my boyfriend who i think is truly amazing for this took me on with all my problems and issues and everything even the self harming and hes helping me stop that now so i think friends and people you care so much about help most as well as the things listed abouve becasue with out my firiends i wouldnt be here to be a pain to my boyfriend about it all now haha no but seriously i got to such a low place i cut my self everyday and i lost one realy good relationsip becuase of it and the guy couldnt handle the fact i did it and hid it from him for 6 months. so try not to get ther folks but its easily done. anyway good luck with the getting rid of depression !!!!!xx
shortcutebubbly Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry, didn't mean to double post like that.. I didn't realize the first comment had gotten through! :blush:
shortcutebubbly Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not really depressed, but I do have trouble sleeping at night. When I try to go to sleep and I'm not completely exhausted I think, my mind just does not stop which is why I tend to stay awake really really late and then sleep through the day. I find it easier. But my parents hate it and think I'm lazy and then they get all annoyed with me saying I'm being anti-social ect.

I can mostly relate to #6 in your list. When I was younger I used go through some depression, and then my mum gave away my cat ... I slipped further into my depression, until I got a new kitten (two actually) and I started feeling a lot better. Cats just seem to brighten my day, even if I am allergic to them >.< Anyway, I'm rambling.. lol
shortcutebubbly Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sleep through the day because a lot of the time I can't sleep at night ... but it's because I want to make myself so tired that I won't be able to think while I'm trying to get to sleep (if that makes sense to anyone) ... I'm not depressed, but it wouldn't take much. Anyway, I really liked this article .. it makes a lot of sense and I'm definitely going to try some of it :)

I know I use #6 a lot ... When I was younger I got depressed a bit, then my mum got rid of my cat and I slipped deeper into my depression ... as soon as I got another kitten I started feeling better. Cats just make my whole life seem brighter. Anyway, I'm rambling... lol
EmotionDoesntMatter Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
... Thank you. I have been suffering from depression for a while... But I can't really write so much... I have no drive. (Part of depression.) I am also a schizophrenic... Is that the word?
roxy-hamyham Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
This is a good list of tips ^^
I know i've been feeling overly stressed and depressed lately as my counselor left and my new one hasnt begun therapy with anyone yet. So it's been 2 months of lovely ol' stress =___=

I have an anxiety disorder which leads to me getting depressed and physically ill, so I understand completely how unescapeable it feels :\
Valenciaandzak2008 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
i feel stress free already dude
nameloc312 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
#9 is bad a**
anime-tiger09 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
I like these tips. Very helpful.
nellis-eketorp Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for poiting it out well. Good that some people like you know that depression is the thing that many people suffer with but it really can be cured. :)
druideye Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This reminds me of DBT therapy I went through. Good stuff.
Death703 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Hobbyist
I have been to dr.s, given drugs, placed in "happy places", and told to be happyer. Taking long walks helps alot. Just getting away from the people that you don't like makes you happy. I have gone off the pills(dr. given) for about 3 months now and I really haven't felt so good... will from when they started putting me on them. Ice works too. Holding a ice cube and holding really hard till it melts helps you get the anger out.
DreamyHope Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
I agree with u , This is a useful list ! ;)
I try writing , crying :D , listening to music , and browsing dA :D.. if nothing of them succeeds in changing my mood , I sleep :D!
ladyblackmetal Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Student General Artist
I find the tips very helpful. It's getting hard to keep ourselves "sane" these days - pressure and stresses of daily life.

Sleeping through alarms is quite common for me, and it's hard to wake up on time. At times, I would wake up around 1pm or even 3pm if I sleep at sunrise (6-7am).

As for me to handle daily stresses, I will always have a pen and my inspiration notebook. Looking the surroundings can give me instant inspirations for my artwork. I'll jot it down and when I get home, I start on it or save for later. Or, I can browse through some artworks and looking at the sky. It makes me calm too. =D
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