Top 10 Tips for Beating Depression

10. Develop Interests


Perhaps one of the most common reasons for depression is a lack of enough interests and activities. A small number of them tend to become routine and often boring. Interests and activities are very important in mental health, contributing to self-esteem and happiness. They give satisfaction, help make you feel good about yourself, and keep your mind off problems and negative thoughts and emotions. Simply cultivating them can sometimes cure depression, grief, addiction, explosive anger, anxiety, excessive worrying, or guilt, especially if you do the activities whenever you feel the negative emotion. There are many things you can do in this area: house work, visiting the sick or elderly, developing a hobby that involves the use of the hands, and so much more.

9. Keep Positive

Brady Bunch

Negative thinking habits play a very important role in depression. Research shows depressed people tend to minimize their accomplishments, talents, and qualities. Happy people experience failure, disappointment, rejection, negative emotions, pain, and great sorrows, too, just like depressed people. But happy people keep a positive attitude by gracefully accepting sadness and suffering as normal parts of life, while doing what they can about their problems. This also makes them more pleasant to be around and improves their social lives. Part of happiness is a courageous choice of loving life in the face of suffering, a chosen position or view of things.

8. Fix your Personal problems


Work on your personal problems, using small steps to make sure you avoid becoming overwhelmed. Work on only one or two simple things at a time, breaking large or complex problems into goals you can easily accomplish. Use rewards, friends, family, and support groups. What negative or stressful situations exist in your life? What can you do about them? Don’t give up and allow your problems to continue. Brainstorm solutions and ask other people for ideas. Some depressed people reject all the possible solutions, finding reasons to eliminate each one as unacceptable, unpleasant, or unworkable. Don’t let negative thought habits interfere with problem solving. Keep an open mind to all possible solutions.

7. Create a Positive Social Life

Fabulous Social Life

Work to make your social interactions more positive by showing warmth toward other people, taking an interest in them, developing and sharing interests and activities, etc. Ask your friends and loved ones to ignore your depressed behaviors and to cut telephone calls and visits short when you dwell on complaints or drown in self-pity, spending more time with you and showing more warmth and interest when you act in more normal ways. Tell them to avoid taking pity on you and feeling guilty for not catering to your depression. Which leads us to point 6:

6. Stop Bad Behavior


When you complain, cry, talk of sad feelings, or discuss problems, your friends and loved ones probably respond with sympathy and tender loving care. Unfortunately, these loving responses reward and help maintain the depressive behaviors. Some friends or family even take over chores for a depressed person who stays in bed or asks for help. Again, this rewards the passive or dependent behavior. Perhaps you reward yourself when you drown in negative thoughts or self-pity. Many depressed people eat, spend money excessively, abuse addictive substances, or have sex without love to feel better. Eliminate these and any other subtle rewards for depressive behavior.

5. Be Realistic


Reexamine your expectations or priorities in life and, if necessary, adjust them to suit reality better. Depressed people often think they can’t be happy without certain things, such as a lover, a particular lover, material possessions, a much higher income, etc. You can eliminate such problems by changing your negative thinking and learning to accept the situation. Certain situations or troublesome people simply won’t change. When you can do something about a problem, however, you should. For example, you may need to leave an alcoholic spouse or to go to school to prepare for a better job.

4. Make Changes


Change bad habits that keep you depressed. Work on replacing negative thoughts with positive thought alternatives every day. If you tend to blame circumstances or other people for your depression, combat these thoughts of helplessness by reading or by repeating, “I made myself down over that. I didn’t have to respond that way.” Use assertiveness skills, good problem-solving skills, or more positive thinking the next time a similar situation arises. If you often assume other people think badly of you read or repeat “I can’t read other people’s minds.” Humor also helps a great deal in facing life’s problems without drowning in negativity.

3. Become active

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Exercise and proper nutrition should be looked at, not as a quick fix, but as an ongoing way to make our tomorrow a little better and as an aid to facilitate our other therapeutic endeavors. We are then less likely to give up after a short time because we are not expecting an instant cure, just a little more control over our emotions and our life situation. You don’t have to run a marathon – just a daily walk for 30 minutes can be a huge step in the right direction.

2. Fix your diet

Steak Dinners

Overeating, starving, and binge drinking are all ways we use to suppress our feelings. When feelings are suppressed, they eventually emerge later in other ways – such as through depression. By overeating, you are just putting off feelings that need to be dealt with. Think of it like this: every time you eat/starve when you are not hungry, you are trying to suppress your feelings which will, in turn, make you eat/starve more. Next time you are going to starve or eat your feelings away, think of a phrase like this: “I want my feelings to come out so I can deal with them – if I eat/starve now I will be hurting myself and making the problem worse. Because of this I am going to wait until my next meal.” You will be surprised how quickly your eating habits come under control with this thinking. Try to eat a balanced meal three times a day with no snacks in between. Remember that hunger is not a bad thing – it is a natural physical reaction to having processed all of the food you have eaten. NOTE: I am not suggesting you go on a health food diet – I believe you should eat whatever you want – as long as you only eat a small portion.

1. Control your thinking


Another thing is to consider removing the word “depressed” from your vocabulary. Instead, think of these feelings as low moods. The term “depression” has so much baggage attached to it – by thinking of your feelings as a “low mood” you are more easily able to appreciate the fact that there are also high moods. Low moods seem more controllable.


Matt Nathanson – Come on, Get higher

I miss the sound of your voice
And I miss the rush of your skin
And I miss the still of the silence
As you breathe out and I breathe in
If I could walk on water
If I could tell you what’s next
I’d make you believe
I’d make you forget
So come on, get higher, loosen my lips
Faith and desire and the swing of your hips
Just pull me down hard
And drown me in love
So come on, get higher, loosen my lips
Faith and desire and the swing of your hips
Just pull me down hard
And drown me in love
I miss the sound of your voice
Loudest thing in my head
And I ache to remember
All the violent, sweet
Perfect words that you said
If I could walk on water
If I could tell you what’s next
I’d make you believe
I’d make you forget
So come on, get higher, loosen my lips
Faith and desire and the swing of your hips
Just pull me down hard
And drown me in love
So come on, get higher, loosen my lips
Faith and desire and the swing of your hips
Just pull me down hard
And drown me in love
I feel of your heart
I taste the sparks on your tongue
I see angels and devils
And God, when you come on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on
Sing sha la la la
Sing sha la la la la
So come on, get higher, loosen my lips
Faith and desire and the swing of your hips
Just pull me down hard
And drown me in love
So come on, get higher, loosen my lips
Faith and desire and the swing of your hips
Just pull me down hard
And drown me, drown me in love
It’s all wrong, it’s all wrong
It’s all wrong, it’s so right
So come on, get higher
So come on and get higher
‘Cause everything works, love
Everything works when you’re on

Tripod sparked Sheridan panic

Campus in Oakville swarmed by heavily armed police

A tripod likely was mistaken for a “long gun,” police said today after ending a lockdown of Sheridan College’s Oakville campus and adjoining student residence.

Dr. Robert Turner, president of Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, said officials took the information “extremely serious” and had no choice but to operate as if there was a real threat when a professor thought he saw a young man with a weapon walking through the hallway.

After school officials watched surveillance video of this person, it still appeared that he could have had a weapon, Turner said. At least eight other student witnesses, who described what they saw as a “long, tubular object,” came to the same conclusion and alerted campus security. They reported seeing the person walking through the hallway near the library, at the back of the campus around 2:20 p.m.

The person was wearing a camouflage jacket, which raised concerns of the people who thought he might be carrying a weapon, said police inspector Jackie Gordon.

“When you look at the video, there is a possibility that he was actually carrying a tripod, but you have to err on the side of caution,” she said.

“In the end, this was a false alarm.”

The lockdown, which initially involved the school campus, was extended to the nearby 350-student residence after receiving information that the alleged suspect may have entered the dormitory.

Several ambulances and paramedics were on standby, although there were no reports of any shots being fired, or anyone being injured.

Police led an exhaustive, two-hour search of the school until about 4:30 p.m., when students were allowed to leave.

During the search, they arrested a person matching a description of a suspect, but released him when they determined he was not the person they had been searching for.

Following the professor’s report, campus security contacted police and school officials who sent the Oakville campus, located at 1430 Trafalgar Rd. just north of the Queen Elizabeth Way, into lockdown.

Although some students were released initially, police continued to keep many others inside their classrooms as the search continued from floor-to-floor and a K-9 unit was sent to the site.

An announcement on the public address system told the students it was “not a drill.”

Police didn’t receive any threat before Sheridan security called them.

“There was no threat phoned in, nothing to lead up to the incident,” Carr said.

Rob Till, director of student affairs, was locked down in his office at 3 p.m. after an announcement on the college’s public address system at around 2.20 p.m. ordered staff and students to go into their offices and classrooms and stay put.

“They didn’t say what was happening but they said: ‘This is a real lockdown; please stay in your offices while the investigation continues; this is not a test,’ and they repeated it about 20 times,” said Till, adding the cause of the lockdown was not explained.

On any given day the college could have 7,000 to 9,000 students on campus, he said, and between 1,200 and 1,300 staff members.

He said the college recently installed a public address system “for just this purpose” and recently held a lockdown drill.

The college is often known for its animation program, with more than 3,300 full-time students learning the high-tech art in a program that has produced some of the top animators in Hollywood.

Sheridan grads have worked on such movies as Shrek, Shark Tale, and Madagascar and have won or been nominated for Emmys and Oscars.

DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has hired a number of Sheridan grads over the years and has visited the campus.

Still, the highest concentration of students is in Sheridan’s business school.

No weapons found after Sheridan College lockdown

Heavily armed police officers patrol near Sheridan College after a lockdown was called when a teacher saw a suspicious person enter the campus in Oakville, Ont. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008.

nearly two hours-long lockdown on Sheridan College’s Trafalgar Campus ended Friday afternoon, with Halton Regional Police confirming that no guns have been found, no shots were fired, no one was injured and no one has been arrested.

After a report from a teacher this afternoon that a man with a long-barrelled rifle was roaming the campus, police were called to the Oakville, Ont. college and students were told to stay under their desks. The call came around 2:15 p.m. through the school security after being reported by a teacher at the school, according to the Canadian Press.

No guns were found despite a two-hour search, and a man arrested early in the investigation was released once he was found to have no relation to the occurrence, police said.

At about 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, a message over the campus loudspeaker system advised staff and students to take cover until further notice, student Jason Ostafichuk told from the scene. He said students were remaining calm but were not told details of the situation.

“We are still sitting under our desks,” he said around 3 p.m. “We are still hearing messages that we are under lockdown… Unsure what’s going on.”

Those stuck inside classrooms were allowed to leave late this afternoon after hours waiting and worrying.

Some students spoke with CTV Toronto’s Chris Eby about their experiences during the lockdown.

“There were a lot of people panicking,” said one male student. “People were in class crying, everyone was expecting the worst.”

“I wasn’t too scared at first but then I started thinking about my family, thinking ‘what if this is real?'” said another.

Police say there is no remaining safety risk.

The college’s website confirmed the lockdown, saying normal operations had been suspended. It has since returned to featuring its regular online offerings.

With files from the Canadian Press and CTV Toronto’s Chris Eby