25 Tips for When You're Feeling Depressed

We Asked, You Answered



We asked people in our Stigma community who deal with depression, "What advice would you give to someone who deals with similar struggles?" Here's what they said:

  • “Embrace who you are. Yeah, it’s not easy, but once you accept yourself, things get a bit easier. I struggle with who I am, and nothing ever feels like it’s really me. But I have learned to work with who I am and find those little things that make me happy. Stay strong, and one day things will be better.”
  • “I have depression, PTSD, and anxiety. I tell myself to be brave for 3 minutes. Sometimes, 3 minutes is the difference between staying in bed all day and getting up and living.”
  • “If you’re feeling depressed, music helps a lot for me. Put on your headphones, play your favorite songs, and tune out the world.”
  • “Stop and think of the things that are worth the fight, and if you can’t find anything – think harder.”
  • “Don’t give into depression. Life is way too short and things can be far worse than they are. Trust me, I’m living proof of it and I’m still here and happy!”

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  • There are people who love you, even when you can’t feel it. Sharing your struggle isn’t being sensitive. It’s being brave. You’ll get better – there’s no doubt about that.”
  • “There is always a bright light at the end of your tunnel. Hold on to that rope and keep pulling yourself up… We’re going to be just fine.”
  • “Stay strong. People may think they don’t matter, but they do. Stay true to who you are, and don’t let anybody tell you to be somebody else.
  • “When you’re depressed, you have to let someone in. I know it can be hard because some people don’t understand, but there are people out there who have the same feeling. It can be hard – trust me, been there and still doing it, but always crack a smile once in a while. Your smile is too beautiful to hide away.”
  • Don’t be ashamed of feeling the way you feel. Talk to people you trust, and focus on things that make you happy.”
  • “Blast happy music and dance with your curtains open. Let the whole world see you happy for once. Who cares what they think. Also, just hug people you know and love more – it releases a chemical that makes you feel happy.”
  • “Don’t get down on yourself for trying medication or seeking professional help.”
  • “A lot of the struggles we face are mind over matter, and if you can work on the strength of your mind, over time you can heal and get better.”
  • “It’s not the end of the world. It might feel like that, but keep remembering that what’s happening now might not last a lifetime. Think of the consequences before doing anything and weigh your options.”
  • “Tomorrow is a new day, and the dark cloud will pass.”
  • “Cry it out, scream it out, write it out – and it that doesn’t work, look for a supportive ear.”

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  • Don’t be afraid or feel guilty to get help or strive for a better life. No matter what you are going for, your struggles are relevant and deserve your respect. You have the right to a better life, and you have a right to preserve your progress.”
  • “Love yourself. Do what you love to do. Never give up – this is not going to be the end of the world. There’s a silver lining in every story. So never think you’re alone. Someone is always there for you.”
  • “I struggle with depression, and right now I find it impossible to get out of bed and do anything, fun or not. I would advise you to keep trying and to keep waking up every day even when you don’t want to. There are some amazing things that can happen. You just have to give them a chance.”
  • “Learn to like yourself. If you enjoy your own company, you aren’t lonely. There is a difference between loneliness and being alone. That is one of the challenges, I guess… Learning to know the difference and realizing that you’re actually better than okay. You are emotionally self-sufficient and don’t require someone else to complete you. You are already whole. Once you realize who you are, other things fall into place. Everything happens in its own time.”
  • “Care for yourself and love yourself as much as you do your friends, family, and others. You have good intentions for everyone except for yourself. Believe in yourself and trust that things will work out exactly as they’re supposed to.”
  • Try not to isolate yourself if possible. If you have people in your life who care for you, let them in.”
  • “This is not the end. Everything will turn out fine. It may not feel like it right now and it may take a long time, but never ever give in and give up. Even when you think your friends and family are avoiding you, there is always someone out there willing to listen and support you. You are not alone, and you are not weak.”
  • “It gets better with time and distractions. The only way to move on is to forget the bad and move on with the good. Life is beautiful when you take time to have gratitude.”
  • There are millions of reasons to live. Someone, somewhere in the world is dying to meet you. You are beautiful no matter what people say. There are a lot of people who love you.”