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Because we all need it sometimes....
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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how i reduce my depression and stress because i m fail in 10th standard but i worked very hard

plz lell me the solution

i m fro pakistan husnain
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                                   mh.husnain_akram_43@yahoo.com
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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.
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drudex666 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 :)
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YeaitsSilas 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.
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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.
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Ashley116Red 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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pegasusfreeze5867 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 ;))
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Practice Qi gong :)
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