Barton Goldsmith: Self-Care For Depression

By Barton Goldsmith
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Dr. Barton Goldsmith, a psychotherapist and author of “The Happy Couple: How to Make Happiness a Habit One Little Loving Thing at a Time” shares his best advice on how to get through and out of an episode of depression.

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Self-care for those who are depressed is very important, yet it may be the hardest thing for anyone dealing with depression to actually do. The basics of life can easily be forgotten. Even things like personal hygiene and properly feeding yourself may be difficult. Here are some tips to remind you of how to defeat your depression and get back into life.

-Talk with someone. This is a psychotherapist’s obvious answer, but that’s only because it works. When you talk about your feelings and someone you respect validates how you feel, it starts you on a path to healing. It also helps you see yourself in less limiting ways, so you can get back to being who you want to be.

-Intimacy and sex changes your mind-set. Physical closeness is all you may need to feel better. I’m not saying force yourself to be sexual, but just be with the person you love and hold each other. For me, that is the most healing thing in the world. And if you are alone, the hug of a good friend is also very good for your well-being.

-Get out of the house. Getting out can be hard if you feel like you don’t want to be around people. That’s okay for now, but at least make yourself get in the car and drive to a nice spot for a view or a place that brings you some peace. You don’t even have to get out of the car. The change of scenery and the fresh air will help you heal.

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