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If you are feeling depressed, you’re not alone! About 29% of Americans are depressed.

Here are some things that can help you feel better:

  • Make Physical Health a Priority. Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for depression. Just moving your body can help you feel less tired and sluggish.
  • Try Mindfulness and Relaxation. Make time to meditate, take deep breaths, and relax your muscles to feel calm.
  • Establish a Healthy Sleep Routine. Create a comfortable sleep environment. Limit use of electronic devices before bed. Avoid caffeine close to bedtime.
  • Do Activities You Enjoy. Find things you like to do and make time to do them. This can improve your mood, increase your confidence, and give you a sense of purpose.
  • Find Support. Surround yourself with positive people. This can help you feel less alone.
  • Celebrate the Small Wins. See your progress and give yourself credit for successes to boost self-esteem and motivation.

Taking care of yourself may not replace professional treatment for depression, but it can help you feel better and improve overall well-being.

Not sure if you’re depressed? Get screened.

Screening for depression can help identify it early on. That can help people get the help they need when they need it. Are you feeling sad for long periods? Have your appetite or sleep patterns changed? Have you lost your energy? Find out if you could benefit from mental health support by getting screened.