How to Cope with Depression When You Have a Job: Tips for Getting Through the Day

It can be hard to get through the day when depression is in full swing. You may not have any energy; you may feel sad or anxious all the time; depression is a beast of its kind, and it does not make things easy on those who are suffering from it. But that doesn’t mean depression has to control your life. You can do things to help yourself cope with depression and get through the day, even if you have a job! Here are some tips for getting through the day if you’re suffering from depression.

- Exercise — even if it feels like the last thing you want to do when depression hits hard. The physical benefits of exercise outweigh any other reasons not to get moving! Plus, regular exercise has been shown through research studies to reduce symptoms of depression more effectively than antidepressants alone (which may be why people who live active lifestyles have lower rates of depression).

- Spend time with others — depression becomes more manageable when it’s shared, and the people in your life can help you get through a tough day with their support, love, and laughter. Connecting to other humans is essential! Find groups of friends with similar interests or support group online if you’re feeling down about isolation.

- Keep your routine — depression thrives on chaos, and if you can keep a positive pattern of life, depression will have less to work with.

- Stay hydrated — depression causes dehydration in the brain, which worsens symptoms, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Try herbal teas as well for an additional boost!

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