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Make Your Own Happy Box
Some people realize they’re suffering from depression, seek help, and get better. Others suffer from depression their entire lives. There are varying degrees of depression. Some people have moments when they’re down, but it’s only for a day or so, on occasion. Others suffer from clinical depression that’s crippling. Recommendations for depressed people range from taking medicine to receiving counseling depending upon how severe the depression. No matter how mild or severe your depression is there’s one thing that some experts recommend to help you recover – even if it’s only temporary. Make an anti-depression box!
Create a box that features things which once gave you joy. Did you like coloring books and crayons when you were a child? Was there a day when you loved to play with a Slinky? Things which have given you pleasure, a smile or a good feeling – even if that feeling was many years ago – can help you now. Place things in your box like a joke book, an inspirational poem book, a photo album of your kids when they were young and similar items.
Obviously, there are some things which would be too awkward to put in a box, like a piano or a set of drums. You don’t necessarily have to use a box for your depression beater. Make a list instead. List things you like, such as watching funny videos, listening to music and other things.
If you make an anti-depression box keep it in the room where you go when you are depressed. This is often a bedroom. When you realize you’re shutting yourself away from the rest of the world, or you see that you are depressed, bring out the box. Even if you don’t feel like coloring or playing with the Slinky get the box out anyway. Touch the things in the box, pick them up and make the effort to do something that is in the box, even if you don’t do it right or well. For example, even if you don’t feel like coloring a nice picture just pick up the crayons and scribble. Sometimes that’s all it takes to get in the mood. Once you start coloring – or doing something else from the box – you’ll often find that the depression eases.
If you use a list instead of a box keep it on your night stand or another handy place. List things on it that once gave you joy. Choose something from the list and do it. You’ll find that the list can be very helpful in decreasing depression. A box of fun things won’t necessarily cure you from depression forever but it can be one step to helping you get better – even if only for that day!