Posted March 21, 2013 by MotiveHub in Article

10 Simple & Effective Tips for Overcoming Depression


Depression can make the best parts of life feel like a challenge. Just getting out of bed in the morning can become a moment you dread.

Living your life becomes a challenge. Many people don’t even understand how difficult it is. They often give advice that just doesn’t work.

Having suffered from depression myself, I can tell you that all of these tips can help. It can be tough at times but there are ways that you can make living with your depression, overcoming depression even, easier.

Life doesn’t have to feel like a chore.

By using these 10 tips for yourself, you might just feel a little bit of the weight lifting.

Get Started

The biggest challenge for many people trying to combat their depression is to actually get started.

It can be easy to get caught up thinking that it just doesn’t matter but it does matter. You only have so long on this earth. You need to get started on following these tips if you expect to see any results at all.

You don’t need to be completely sure of what you’re doing. You just need to do it. That’s often the hardest part.

Accept The Pain

Many people suffering from depression are always trying to fight it.

They spend their whole life trying to deny that they’re really feeling sad. It’s okay to feel sad. Trying to always feel good should not be the goal.

The goal should be to get what your body is meant to get out of the sadness. Your depression is telling you something. You can’t listen until you accept that it’s there.

Find The Message

Once you accept that you are feeling down you should try to understand why you’re feeling that way.

Many times, it will be the same few things that always get you caught up in depression (bills, spouse, etc.). Once you start understanding why you’re getting into the deeper states of depression you can learn to avoid it.

You may not always be able to define why you’re feeling down. If you can’t think of anything that you might be feeling down about then you can look at it this way.

“Your life is so good. You have nothing to feel bad about!” Most people understand that’s a bit crazy but it can help you define what is wrong (if anything.) Sometimes depression is caused by boredom.

Stay Active

The human brain evolved to stay active and involved in a number of different activities at once.

We may not need to hunt, gather, and watch for predators anymore but our brains were made for that. The brain needs to stay occupied. People aren’t creatures built to relax all day.

If you’re not keeping busy then that can be a major trigger for depression. Find something that you enjoy doing. If you have too much to do already then the next tip might be for you.

Stay Realistic

Oftentimes, people set there lives up to please those around them. You can’t keep everyone happy. You need to keep yourself happy to even have a shot at pleasing everyone. Give yourself a break every once in a while.

Talk To Someone

Communicating with other people can be a great way to fight depression. This can be achieved through basic social interactions or professional counseling. Sometimes, the simple act of talking about your problems can make them go away.

Focus On What You Can Change

There are things that just can’t be controlled in life. When you’re feeling depressed, you often feel like it’s all beyond your control. You do have some control.

You can control what you do. Some people clean when they’re depressed. Others go for a walk to get some exercise. Set yourself up in a way that you know you can win.


No one can relax when they feel violated or feel like they’ve violated. Anger at anyone only hurts yourself. If you’re angry at yourself then that’s even more true. Try your best to learn your lessons and accept the things that have happened.

Redefine Your Goals

You need to know what you want to get it. It’s completely natural for the things that you want to change over time. If you haven’t redirected your focus to your new goals recently then it’s time to get started.

Be Thankful

There is no more joyous emotion than being thankful. There are people around you that want to help you. There are people around you that try to help you. There are people around you that love you, even if they don’t always say it. Find what you’re thankful for and focus on that.

It’s something many that have suffered understand about depression, overcoming depression is not always easy but it’s worth it. With these 10 tips you’ll be able to work out many of your problems before they hold you back.