While it may be difficult to know how to deal with mental health issues, such as a depressive episode, it may be helpful to read some suggestions from someone who has been in a similar situation. So read on to hear Peer Educator, Jorge’s suggestions about dealing with depressive episodes.
Coping with a Depressive Episode
by Jorge Roque
With a change in the seasons and weather, many people may find themselves going through a depressive episode. It can gradually return into your life or hit like a tsunami wave all at once. Depression can present itself to you in many shapes and forms. Some days it can be not completing assignments and other days it could be not getting out of bed for the whole day. A depressive episode can vary on how long they last but here are some tips and suggestions on how to try to get through them! Now as a reminder, not all of these may work for you. You should still find ways that work best for you.
- Make an appointment
Try and schedule an appointment with a therapist as soon as possible. Seeing someone for professional help can help you identify some coping strategies.
2 Find a reason to go out of the house
Set up sometime to leave your house, whether it be a group event or a simple one-on-one event. Whether it be going to the park, getting coffee, or maybe even going to a party.
3. Visit loved ones
Seeing loved ones may help keep you occupied and help in the process of recovery. It can also let loved ones know you may need a bit more support in the days coming.
Restock on your favorite things, from snacks to face masks, a simple treat yourself can raise your spirits. Also restock on your medication, if you take any remember to continue taking it.
5. Self care
Remember to set time to take care of yourself. Cook your favorite meal, watch your favorite shows, read your favorite book, or even maintaining a good sleep schedule.
6. Near Future
Plan things that you can look forward to. Plan things you enjoy to do as a way to keep you looking forward to something like hanging out with a friend or going to a concert.
7. Red Flags
Look for things that trigger you and once you find these triggers, work on coping strategies.