Resources for Managing Depression & Grief

Resources for Managing Depression & Grief

We provide evidence based therapy for depression and supportive therapy for grief. Here are a few resources that can improve your mood and provide support as well.

 

Self-Care for Depression

Here are some activities that can help improve mood.

  • Try to be active and exercise- start today by walking for 20 minutes if you can.
  • Spend time with supportive or trusted friends or relatives- even virtual time together can help.
  • Get enough sleep. A consistent sleep cycle is important to maintain to feel your best.
  • Don’t nap longer than 30 minutes per day.
  • Do something to relax before bed. It is better to go to bed with a calm mind than with worries.
  • Try to eat healthy. Pick one meal today and try to make it healthier.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself.
  • If you have medication, take it as prescribed.

 

Self-Care for Grief

Here are some activities that can help you endure grief.

  • Physical touch. Whether a hug from a friend or loved one, a massage, or even time with a pet, physical contact is healing.
  • Find someone to talk to. Whether you find a therapist, a friend, or a survivor’s group, find someone who can listen to you and support you.
  • Don’t forget to eat. Even if you snack regularly. You need to take care of yourself.
  • Sleep and exercise will help you keep a routine, and help regulate your mood.
  • Music can help access your emotions, whether listening, singing, or playing music. Give yourself some time with music.
  • Schedule 1 pleasurable thing each day. Give yourself something to look forward to.
  • Spiritual support. Whether you pray, attend services, meditate, or find your peace and solace in nature, spend time where you gain spiritual connection and strength when you can.
  • Avoid making any major decisions for 1-2 years if possible. Give yourself time to grieve and then make major decisions later, to avoid acting/reacting impulsively.
  • Remember, it is okay to cry. Your feelings will find a way out somehow, and crying is healthy. It is okay for children to see you cry to know that it is a healthy form or healing.

 

Apps:

The following Apps are free to download and can help people cope with symptoms. Many of these apps were developed by the VA for Veterans and Servicemembers, but they are useful for and free for everyone.

Life Armor app focused on managing mood symptoms. Call us today for support.

Life Armor- Take self-assessments to recognize symptoms and learn more about PTSD, anger, depression, sleep problems, and more. This app provides tools to help cope with many specific problems.

 

Virtual Hope Box app for depression. Call us today for help with depression.

Virtual Hope Box– Tools to promote relaxation, positive thinking, and coping with  difficult emotions. Users can setup a virtual hope box with photos of friends and family, music, and more.

 

Hotlines/Crisis Lines:

VETERANS CRISIS LINE: 800-273-8255 (TALK)- PRESS 1 

TEXT: 838255   

CHAT ONLINE

 

 

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: 800-273-8255 (TALK)

CHAT ONLINE

 

 

 

T*A*P*S Military Survivor Helpline: 800-959-TAPS (8277)

The TAPS National Military Survivor Helpline is staffed 24/7 for survivors (partners/spouses, parents, siblings, children, friends) who have lost a loved service member.

 

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