Immediate depression coping strategies
September 15, 2011 8:37 AM Subscribe
I'm feeling really lonely and depressed. My normal coping strategies either aren't cutting it this time or aren't immediate enough. What are some different ideas?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (28 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
A lot of weird stuff happened in the last couple of weeks, and I've been kind of blindsided by a bout of depression. I'm feeling unloved and unloveable, among other things (yeah, I know this is the depression talking, but it still feels shitty). All I really want to do is curl up in a ball and have someone hold me and tell me I'm great and beautiful. This is not a thing that can happen.
Exercise hasn't worked, a little comfort food hasn't worked, a few drinks worked for a while but that's not too healthy nor a long-term solution, obviously. I've talked to family and friends (not so much about my crappy feelings, just a little. I would prefer not to be irritatingly clingy, because that's kinda where I'm at right now. I'd like to keep my friends!). I've made some plans with friends in the next couple of days and yes, I see a therapist regularly. But I'm more on an infrequent maintenance-therapy schedule and my "emergency" appointment isn't until next week.
So I know it will be better, but none of that is really helping NOW, at this very second, when I'm all sad and lonely and crying about everything. What else can I do? Preferably for free, as much as a trip to the salon or some retail therapy would be great.