I was told once by a consultant that the important part of coping with depression is to ‘keep striving’.
Keep striving, doing the things that help.
Keep striving to be active.
Keep striving, doing normal daily activities.
Keep seeing people. Don’t shut yourself away.
Keep talking to those nearest to you.
Keep looking after yourself.
I would add:
keep writing ‘to do’ lists and ticking off what you have achieved.
keep a routine – this can be the hardest and often is the first to fail
keep in the moment – as in Mindfulness
keep hoping and don’t give up.
As my doctor said, ‘you know this will pass,’
And I have found that it does, eventually.