What emotion is commonly associated with depression? If you guessed sadness, you’d be right, except that’s just one of the many symptoms. A depressed person can express anger, anxiety, and even shame. Additionally, they might isolate and cut themselves, have issues sleeping, and a sudden disinterest in activities that they used to enjoy. The reason for this is because depression is a result of a stressful event, like witnessing a death.

This is why those who have this mental disorder can’t “snap out of it”. In some cases, depression naturally deteriorates, but that’s not to say that no therapy is needed. If depression is neglected, the mental disorder can persist for several years, leaving lasting damage or ending their life by suicide (if you hear suicidal talk, ignore the following and call 911 right away). For this reason, it’s important to keep an eye on any loved ones or friends with depression.

Having said that, you can support them just by being by their side. You can further comfort them by asking, “Is there anything I can do to help?”, or saying, “I’m here for you”. However, it’s ultimately up to the depressed one to help their self. If you’re depressed or want to help, here’s what might work, but these aren’t replacements for therapy.

Music

Music is rather mysterious; I mean think about it: the beat plays, and before you know it, your feet start to tap. While we don’t fully understand music, we do know the facts. For instance, when you hear a song that you love, your brain produces dopamine. This chemical is responsible for improving our mood.

Exercise

While feeling down in the dumps, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind. however, if you can manage to find the energy, it’ll be well worth your while. Our bodies react to exercise by producing endorphins, which makes us feel energized and puts us in a good mood.

Scents

Smell has to be one of our strongest senses. Scents directly connect us to our emotions, feelings, and memory. Since this helps with stress, this can translate into better sleep. A scent can come from anywhere, like a banana peel, orange peel, candle, essential oils, or a vapor rub.

Nature

With the rain and the beautiful birds chirping, it’s hard to stay depressed. By the time you’re in the great outdoors, you’ll feel way better. Even the sun will benefit you. That’s because our bodies respond to sunlight by releasing serotonin, a chemical that makes us feel good.