Tips for Coping with Depression

Posted by Kathleen Dennehy

coping with depressionDepression can often be difficult to fight as it usually drains you of your energy. And though you can’t overcome it by willpower alone, you still have some control, no matter how you feel. The suggestions and tips for coping with depression listed below can help you with this.

  1. Keep doing the activities you previously enjoyed (even if you don’t enjoy them as much when you’re depressed).
  2. Try and build some exercise into your day as it releases endorphins – the body’s “feel good” hormones.
  3. Know what your triggers and your risk factors are. For example, loneliness, stress, disappointment and pain are common triggers and risk factors for depression.
  4. Stay in touch with your friends. Often those who are depressed start to isolate themselves – but that leads to loneliness – which makes depression worse.
  5. Try and maintain some kind of routine, especially when it comes to getting up and going to bed. Taking naps in the daytime can cause insomnia and leave you feeling drained, so you have no energy.
  6. Try to get a handle on how much you tend to worry. Take note of your thought patterns; don’t dwell on negatives. Instead, challenge faulty thinking so it’s much less pessimistic … and try to be thankful … and look for positives.
  7. Make sure you do things that make you feel more relaxed. Often people who’re depressed feel uptight and agitated. So it’s important that you find things that help you to relax.
  8. Resist the temptation to self-medicate (especially through alcohol or substance abuse.) That will lead to greater problems – and make you feel much worse.
  9. Seek out support. Talk to a good friend, or someone that you trust. You’ll usually find there’s someone who genuinely cares.
  10. Talk to your doctor. It may be medication is the answer for you so don’t be afraid to try and get professional help.


DSC03763Kathleen Dennehy, accredited counsellor and Heal Your Life Workshop Leader. Kathleen offers a space that is comfortable, safe and confidental, she also offers Workshops based on Louise Hay Philosophy “You Can Heal Your Life” and is also available to give talks to groups. For further information contact Kathleen on 087 9774740 or or visit Kathleen’s website

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About Kathleen Dennehy

About The Therapist Counselling I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist I am a member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) which means I abide by their code of ethics and meet the criteria to ensure the best possible service for you the client. In addition I am a mother with a lot of life experience. The therapy is supportive, confidential and non a directive. Most of our lives we have people telling us what to do, and what is expected of us, and we go along with it until one day the realisation dawns that life does not seem to fit with what we feel. This may cause us to experience anxiety that we cannot easily explain. Together we will work to enable and empower you to make your own decisions and to find creative ways to allow you to make positive and often simple changes. You will be treated at all times with the greatest of respect. You can be assured that what is discussed will be kept confidential. The extent of this confidentiality will be discussed in our first session. Sometimes, I incorporate some elements of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), if it is suitable for you. CBT sometimes involves homework such as recording your thoughts and feelings in a diary. Sessions last for 50 minutes, and are conducted on a one to one basis and the cost is €50 per session. Couples counselling lasts for 90 minutes and the cost is €80 per Kathleen Dennehy MIACP,HYL Tel.-087-1917870

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