Depression can be pernicious, whether it's situational or chronic. You can seek counseling and medical help for it to help you feel, but you should also practice good self-care. Good self-care includes using some self-help techniques that can help you cope with the symptoms of your depression as well as help you get past it. 


You may not want to get out and move, but doing some exercise can really help you feel better. You don't have to go out and run a marathon, but walking around the block or doing a yoga tape can get your body's endorphins going. Endorphins are your body's feel-good chemicals. They will give you a little boost and help you feel a little better. 

Get Some Light

You may feel like sitting in the dark under your blanket all the time, but no matter how good sitting the in the dark sounds, it's not a good thing to do. Being in the light can help your body's natural cycles work better. If you can't get out into the sunshine or sit by a sunny window, you can use a lamp that has a natural spectrum lightbulb in it. This is especially helpful if you have problems with seasonal affective disorder. 

Keep a Journal

Anxiety often comes hand in hand with depression. They feed off each other and make each other worse. One way that you can help fight off both things is if you journal. Journalling let you get all the sneaky through that depression and anxiety put in your head out where they are less hurtful. You can keep your journal with you at all times, and any time you recognize a hurtful thought or something that causes you to feel more anxious or depressed, you can write them down. That can help you gain some distance from that thought or feeling. 

Create a Team You

Team You is a support team that is there for you. They are aware of your problems. Your team is there to help you buy getting you out of difficult situations, helping you to realize that you are in a bad cycle, or just to listen to you talk when you need it. Your team can be made up of several people. They include family, friends, trusted teachers, and medical professionals. 

These self-help and self-care techniques can help you to fight your depression and help you learn how to cope better. For more information on self help, go to