Depression is a medical illness that affects how you think, act, and feel.  You might notice fatigue, lack of interest in activities you once loved, difficulty concentrating, sleeping too litle or too much, feeling sad, worthless, or guilty.

Check your thoughts.

Unhelpful Thought

  • I am a failure.

  • I am going to feel likes this forever.

  • I don't connect with anyone.

  • I have had and have accomplishments in my life like being a student at WVWC.

  • I have felt this way before and it did not last forever.

  • I have felt this way before and it did not last forever.

- or -

I do connect with people: (name them) (they are not necessarily people on campus but other connections

in life).

Factual, Challenging Thought

  • Reach out for support

  • Practice non-judgement

  • Read a book

  • Watch a favorite movie or TV show

  • Listen to your favorite music

  • Draw, sketch, color

  • Journal

  • Do a puzzle or crossword

  • Take a relaxing shower

  • Deep breathing

  • Tapping

  • Abstain from alcohol consumption

  • Get a massage

  • Do yoga

  • Meditate

  • Take a short nap

  • Gentle stretching

  • Cry

  • Go to group therapy

  • Cook

  • Pray/go to religious ceremony

  • Practice mindfulness

  • Drink water

  • Exercise

  • Eat right

  • Visit friends

Self Care 

Have you heard the term 'self care' before but never quite understood what it meant? 

Self care is taking intentional steps and making choices to build a life you don't need to regularly escape from. This can be "treating yourself" to a face mask, movie, or dinner. But self care is also parenting yourself and making choices for your long-term wellness. This includes drinking water, getting enough sleep, incorporating movement, and nourishing your body.  When struggling with depression, it can often feeling like these tasks are impossible. However, they are taking care of your most basic human needs and essential to your healing process. 


Self care is not trying to "fix yourself" by a few small acts but rather actively take care of yourself over and over again. It may seem like a daunting task to undertake but by picking just one is a huge step!


Below are some additional examples of practices you may  begin implementing in your day-to-day life to help heal the depressive symptoms you may be experiencing:

Self Compassion

What is self compassion? How could it help you in navigating your struggle with depression?


P O D C A S T S 


  • Youtube subliminal depression music

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