These are tips that can help you fight your depression and keep it in control. These tips are in no way a cure for depression. They are meant only as helpful hints that can speed recovery up.
Learn more about what you are going through. In order to began to solve a problem, it is important to first understand it. Find out as much as you can about depression and other mental illness. Perhaps you were misdiagnosed with depression when in fact you are bipolar. Research over the internet and read books and pamphlets on depression. Understanding depression will help you better understand yourself.
Exercise on a daily basis. It is common knowledge that exercise can make a person feel good about themselves. Staying active is an important step to fighting depression. It can help clear your mind and help your body stay fit.
Seek professional help. A therapist can give you the help you need to overcome depression. They can help you sort through your problems and can decide whether medicine can be one of the solutions to dealing with your depression.
Attempt to have a regular sleep pattern. Disruptive sleeping habits can help lead to depression or make a person even more depressed then previously. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning including on the weekends. Also attempt to get an average of 8 hours a night.
Try to limit the amount of time spend watching television and the amount of time spend at the computer. Although this tip can be a tough one to follow, studies have shown that excessive T.V. and computer use can help cause depression or add to depression. Watching T.V. and using the computer before bed can hinder your ability to fall asleep which in turn can disrupt your sleeping patterns.
Stay away from alcohol and illegal drugs. Many people drink alcohol and take drugs in order to feel better about themselves and to help them "forget" about their problems. But drinking and taking drugs when you are depressed can be a dangerous thing. Alcohol is a depressant and can often deepen the depressive feelings you already have. Using drugs can lead to unwanted sign effects such as addiction.