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I have found a list of "self-help" ideas for depression and anxiety and was just wondering if anyone had any other ideas or suggestions to add to the list?

talk to someone you trust
try peer support
try mindfulness
look after your physical health
try to keep active
keep a mood diary
spend time in nature
practice self-care.
 
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If possible look to the route causes, ask yourself why am I feeling this way, and what can I do differently to overcome this (assuming the tried and tested have been exhausted). Try and occupy your mind with things you are good at, things that inspire you and/or entertain you and motivate you. Anything that stretches the mind/imagination. Keep pushing forward and progressing. Stay positive :) As mentioned above if possible, surround yourself with positive people who understand you, and able to help you overcome obstacles and give you a better understanding of yourself, and your potential :)
 
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Don't short change yourself on sleep.
Try to get as much as you need each night.
If you're relying on the alarm clock each day, you probably need more.

Change your routine, try something, anything within reason, new. It is unlikely to make you feel worse and just might make you feel better. Even if it all feels pointless and life feels washed out, sooner or later you will find activities you enjoy more than sitting on the sofa.

Talk to someone you wouldn't normally chat to. Ask them about themselves, their lives, their opinions. That will give you new food for thought.

Listen to what you tell yourself, is it kind and caring?
If you wouldn't say it to a friend, why say it to yourself?

Try to find the compassion for yourself that you have for others.
Remember you are as worthwhile as everyone else in this world.
We are all just people trying to live our lives as best we can.
The people you admire, the people you hate and the people around you have their strengths and weaknesses just like you.
 
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Well, seeing as you liked that...

Set an hour of me time each day. Treat yourself in that hour to something you want or enjoy.
You have the right to say, no, I don't want to do that, I want to do this.

Superman is perfect, the rest of us will need a break, feel down sometimes, fail at something, make mistakes or simply take a day off. Don't blame yourself for being a human being. Don't feel guilty for things beyond your control.

It is easy to slip into the habit of dwelling on the negative.
Get into the habit of looking for a positive in everything.

Stop to enjoy the small things.

Congratulate yourself on each small victory. Remember how far you've come. Congratulate yourself on your progress.
 
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Thank you for your responses.

I guess that loving yourself needs to be a priority because if you don't value and love yourself then how can you expect anyone else to value and love you.

Socialising and trying new activities does seem the best way to meet new people and keep myself occupied so I have less time to mull over my thoughts and feelings.
 
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For me a healthy mind is one that can deal with the everyday blows that come our way. If you feel a burden of negativity towards yourself, anything else that is thrown in your direction daily, just adds to it. Not healthy. Labels are also another negative burden in my opinion. Accept the labels, look beyond them, and move forwards. Positivity. Put everything negative down to this label we have been given, and you end up focussing on the negative label. No progress made, just another day wading through the mud, with yet another potential day of wading through mud to follow. Quite depressing when you look at it from that angle wouldn't you agree?
 
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I workout when able to - to my fitness dvds, and when able to;
attend fitness zumba gold and zumba classes,
listen to musicals and music and knitting,

and to volunteer in charitible organisations.
 

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