Get a pet

Getting a pet has proven to be one effective method to combat the effects of depression. The presence of one has statistically shown to reduce stress levels, blood pressure, and heart rates for sufferers on a daily basis. This is due to the pet not only offering unconditional compassion to the sufferer but also acting as a distraction from negative thoughts. One individual who recently purchased a pet as an emotional crutch stated “I was astounded that this creature was capable of the empathy that I so craved in my closest friends and relatives. It was like she could read the pathetic and sad thoughts that disabled me and wanted me to know I was lovable in the midst of my suffering.”

Start a creative hobby

Studies have shown that engaging in a creative hobby can be another wonderful method to combat the emotional effects of depression.

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Painting and writing allows individuals to channel the emotional distress from depression into a creative outlet. Cooking and learning to play an instrument allows sufferers to not only channel emotion through music, by also learn and master the invaluable skill of cooking. If none of these activities seem appealing, studies show creating and completing a list of goals works just as well. Sufferers have reported that taking part in these types of activities both revitalized and reinvigorated their desires to be lead productive lives.

Talk to someone about it

Talking to someone about your troubles have proven to be one of the most effective methods for combating the effects of depression. Studies have shown that most individuals suffering from depression feel as if they have no one who understands their respective situation.

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Fortunately, there are a variety of completely free and confidential services that are willing to talk and listen at any time of the day. Past users of such lifelines have stated that “No matter what problems you’re dealing with, whether or not you’re thinking about suicide if you need someone to lean on for emotional support, use every resource you have! If you are fortunate enough to have someone in your life to talk to, do not hesitate to speak to them!” #Holidays #advice #Christmas