Depression is a major mental health problem and strategies for coping with depression abound. There are a great many causes of depression and the seriousness of depression can vary from mild to severe. For milder forms of depression, I am a big fan of incorporating natural solutions for managing depression and improving moods.It’s well known that music, pictures and related factors can trigger positive and negative memories and impact how we feel and act. I recently came across a top 10 list of recommended movies to elevate your mood when you are down. They include: Love Actually, It’s a wonderful life, Tootsie, The Shawshank Redemption, Babe, The Blind Side, Up, Under the Tuscan Sun, and The Sound of Music. Movies can inspire, motivate and encourage; a natural way to cope with depression.
Effectively coping with depression often requires a creative and comprehensive approach. Therapy, life style management , exercise and complimentary therapies can all play a role.
Next time you are feeling down, watch an inspiring movie and notice the effect it has on your mood. More importantly focus on the characters positive coping skills. What life lessons can you learn from the story that might be applicable to your situation?
I would love to hear from others what movies or songs you have watched or listened to that have helped when feeling depressed.
Now if you have CLINICAL DEPRESSION, you should be evaluated and under the care of a psychologist or other trained mental health professional. You may need therapy and possibly medication in addition to the ideas mentioned in this blog in order to feel better and get better.