One Depression Management Technique That Works

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Managing depression often feels impossible, but we have a depression management technique that really works. Check it out on HealthyPlace.

One Depression Management Technique That Works

Depression can be hard to manage. Depression can zap someone’s energy and zest for life, often making it difficult just to get up and out of bed. Because depression, and the people it affects, are complex, there aren’t quick-fixes or cure-alls. However, there are things that can be done consistently to manage and overcome depression.

A man who once lived with severe depression shared a depression management technique that worked for him and his depression: every single morning, get up and immediately make your bed. This man explains to people that this was one of the hardest things he had to do. He didn’t want to get up, let alone make his bed. He did so because his therapist asked him to try an experiment.

Once he did, he discovered that this small action exhausted him yet gave him a flicker of empowerment. Even if he accomplished nothing else the rest of the day, he had started his day with action. Even if he lay down on the bed and fell asleep, he wasn’t in the bed. This made it easier for him to get up again. Making his bed came to symbolize that he was more powerful than his depression, and when he needed to retreat, he couldn’t do it fully because he had made his bed.

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Today's Question: In order to make your bed, you have to get out of it. What tips do you have for getting out of bed when depression wants to keep you in? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, knowledge, and experiences on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, August 28). One Depression Management Technique That Works, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: September 6, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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