I'm depreesed, what should i do rn?

I'm depressed, what should I do right now? I have a huge to do list.

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  • Clean your room. Its simple, yet it will drastically increase your living situation. Gives you confidence to take the next step.

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  • Change your environment if you can. Shower. Be gentle, kind and forgiving with yourself. Tell your negative thoughts to fuck off, challenge them.

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  • What works for me isn't necessarily going to work for you, but...

    I like to pray. Sometimes, if I can't get into the headspace to pray immediately, I do mindfulness exercises until I can put a bit of space between myself and my busy thoughts and let go of them, and then I pray. No matter how many things you have got to do, the health of your soul is always more important. Your relationship to God is perhaps the only thing with eternal implications for you, no matter what else you need to do. Also, prayer can empower you in the things you do after you have prayed, because you are existentially centred and have a greater sense of the rightness of things and of your place in the universe.

    Tidying things up can make me feel better sometimes but it takes motivation I don't have when I'm at rock bottom. The pleasure of it is incidentally come by. It is not really a remedy for me.

    Another thing I like to do is focus on making my body feel good. I am a compulsive skin-picker, so instead of picking my skin I might clean the dirt from under my fingernails (at least, the parts of them that I haven't bitten off). I like to rub witch hazel cream on the scars from where I keep attacking facial imperfections with my fingernails (and other sharp implements, where fingernails do not suffice). If there are no open cuts, sores or wounds on my face, I can put a clay face mask on. While I'm rubbing cream or putting clay masks on my skin, you see, I'm not continuing to attack it. I also have a ridiculously nice hand cream from a major perfume brand, which I impulse-bought once. It smells so delicious and feels so silky compared to most rubbish out there that I actually love putting it on my hands. In winter, dry and cracked hands are a real problem in this climate. I have a tub of Vaseline with a drop of lavender and a drop of patchouli in it, and I like to rub it on my lips (which are often dry in this weather), or on the back of my heels (which are blistered raw by the Doc Martens I'm still trying to break in). Doing all these things relieves stress for me.

    Smell and sound are important, too. To calm down, I might open a bottle of lavender oil and smell it. Or put a soundscape on from a Sleep Sounds podcast and concentrate on it intently. Besides ambient sound, there is the spoken word, too. Sometimes just the familiar lilt of my favourite podcasters' or YouTubers' voices are calming enough - even if I'm not actually listening to the words. And there's the various audio versions of the Bible, and Bible extracts that I know of. The sound of those words, no matter who is reading them, is so powerful though that when it hits your senses it can be like salt on a wound, or an ice-cold shower. The wallop it packs isn't always 'pleasant'. It shakes you up. However, it is definitely cleansing, and soothing after the initial plunge.

    So, that's what I do when I feel depressed. That, or just sleep. Borrow what you will.

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  • I always make a list of things that need done and then tackle them one at a time, and in no time you will be done and will not have time to think about being depressed

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  • The great psychologist Fritz Perlz was asked tgat question and said,"Go out and find someone less fortunate than you, and help him". IT Will change your life.

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  • Ponder the mysteries of the universe.

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  • Love yourself a little more. Know that people (like me) have gone through depression, come out on the other side, and are living good and happy lives. Talk to your primary care physician

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  • Knowing that you are not the only one in this situation/depressed should help.

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  • Have a nice warm cup of herbal tea, and a good snuggle with a cat, or dog.

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  • Go for a walk or light jog.

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  • What you should do is actually take action towards the advice you get on here.

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