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Avoiding your friends, family or work colleagues.
Avoiding dealing with things like deadlines and household bills.
Constantly asking friends or family for reassurance (doing this is never good in the long run- you need to learn to be able to reassure yourself)
Comfort eating, binge eating or not even enough. It’s important to have a balanced diet with some treats every so often.
Drinking too much alcohol or caffeine is obviously not good for anyone.
Struggling to get to sleep, sleeping too much or waking up in the night. Bad sleep can have a serious impact on your mood.
Constantly looking at people with ‘perfect’ lives on social media can make you feel terrible.
Coping with distress by hurting yourself or lashing out at others is never helpful.
You’ve come a long way: even if you don’t feel like you’re completely better, you’ve learned some really powerful tools to help you do more normal things and fight back when you have negative thoughts.
You will have setbacks: battling depression is very hard. What’s important is that you keep trying even when things don’t go well.
1. Keep practicing all the skills you’ve learned in this course until you start to feel better. You can repeat any of the sessions as many times as you need and in any order.
2. Remember to see a doctor if you haven’t already done so, especially if you don’t feel any better than when you started.
3. When you are sure that you have made a good recovery from depression, move on to session eight.