How to Be Happy When You’re Depressed

How to Be Happy When You’re Depressed
How to Be Happy When You’re Depressed

Do not mistake depression with feelings of sadness. They are vastly different. Depression is a mood disorder that causes prolonged feelings of sadness and apathy for life in general. While sadness is a side effect of depression, sadness doesn’t imply depression in the least bit. In other words, sadness is an emotion that everyone experiences from time to time while depression is a disorder that can last a lifetime.

While it may seem contradictory, it is entirely possible to be happy while you are experiencing symptoms of depression.

If you are looking for tips to help lift your mood while you’re battling depression, keep reading:

Eat More Real Food

Eating real food is another way to get your happy back. Eating quick burning carbs, starchy food (bread & pasta), processed food, and refined sugars (soda) puts your mood on a yo-yo of constant cravings leading to inconsistent moods.

Schedule More Happy Stuff

Schedule things that make you happy on the regular basis. For instance, if you like to sing, take a weekly trip to your local karaoke bar, if you like to stay in the house, take a day to yourself each week in which you do not leave the house at all. No matter what it is, if it makes you happy, put it on the calendar and make time to do it. Your mood will begin to improve soon as more happy stuff is on your schedule.

Listen to The Right Music

Music is proven to improve moods, relieve stress, as well as an array of other positive benefits. Try playing a happy song, or a sad song, or angry song, or any type of song that helps you to channel your emotions. Listen to these songs as long as it takes for you to feel the negative feelings being released from your body and move on to another activity to give yourself a moment to adjust. Overtime, you will likely have specific songs that make you feel better almost instantaneously.

..learning to be happy while you’re depressed may be challenging, but it’s worthwhile.

Practice Meditation

While it may sound overly simple, meditation is a great way to be happier while experiencing the symptoms of depression. Meditation practices ease negative thoughts about the past and future replacing them with techniques to get back to the present moment which provides immediate relief.

Overall, learning to be happy while you’re depressed may be challenging, but it’s worthwhile. You can learn to find healthy ways to channel your emotions when you are feeling especially low, allow yourself some time to healthily unwind, and commit to participating in activities that bring you joy on the consistent basis, you will find that even in the midst of one of your worst instances of depression, you still have movements in which you smile and remember life isn’t so bad after all.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Ending it is a long term solution to a short term problem. Trust in God and give him all the glory. That’s the answer!!!!

  2. Moods change like the wind. Help is out there!
    Call your best friend. If real bad go to the Emergency Room. You will get HELP and find that people really do care!

  3. Medication helps me. I could not deal with my depression without it. Please talk to a doctor. Life doesn’t have to be so hard. Medication can make you feel normal.

  4. Most people with depression need medication to fight it. See a doctor. There is no shame in getting the medical help you need. I fought depression on my own for 20 years. When I started taking medication, I finally felt normal and able to enjoy life. I never want to stop taking it. It helps so much. I still get down but not as low as I used to get.

  5. To anonymous: Seek help right away. Life really is worth living no matter how bad it seems. Look around you, there is always someone else who has things a lot worse off than you. Maybe you could see your way to give them a helping hand?? Count your blessings, I am sure you have quite a few if you really think about it.

  6. Listening to music, the louder the better, helps me when I’m feeling down. It has to be upbeat and kinda crazy but, it works for me.

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