150 Life Hacks for Overcoming Depression

Depression is such a complex, tricky thing. It’s amazing how many facets there are to this condition, and how many and how varied the techniques for addressing it are, too.

In this blog, I normally focus on spirituality–spiritual practices and spiritual books–that offer help for depression. But there are, of course, a ton of great non-spiritual methods as well. And, as I’ve dealt with depression for most of my life, I’ve tried quite a few of them.

Here’s a list of all of the quick, simple and above all, practical tips (in other words, life hacks) I’ve offered on this blog so far. Some are spiritual, some are secular, some are well-known and some are a bit kooky … but, in my experience, all of them work. At least, they work to some degree. (Even the kooky ones.)

Hopefully you find something helpful here.

150 Life Hacks for Overcoming Depression:

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Be a Little Miss Goody-Two-Shoes

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get Rid of Bad Thoughts

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Lose Your Shirt

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Try to Be a Cute Waitress

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Forget Your Memories

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Steal (Yeah, You)

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Be a Good Person

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get in the Flow

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Be Religious

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Know Your Own Strength

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Know That You Are Holy

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Smell Good

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Get What You Want

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get Some Money

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Believe That It’s Already True

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Feel

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Try to Feel Good

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Feel Guilty for Being Human

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Help People

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get Smart

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Try

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get a Job, Part Two

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Make Work a Game

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get a Job

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Let Your Brain Fool You into Being Unhappy

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get a Religion

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Think Too Hard

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Decide That You’re Wrong

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Get Physical

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get What You Want

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Live in Seattle

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get Happy Books

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Try to Be Happy

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Sometimes, Be Detatched

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Be Better Than Other People

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Feel Things Deeply

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: You Don’t Have to Love Everyone the Same, But You Might Have to Pretend To

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Choose Your Identity Carefully

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Assume You Need Anything Until You’ve Proven It

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get Some Perspective

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Happiness Is Not a State of Mind

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Lower Your Standards

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Tell Yourself the Truth

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Travel, Even If You Don’t Want To

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Find Out Who You Are and Do It on Purpose

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Know That It’s Not Just You

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Be Shocking

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get Divorced

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Beware of Middle Age

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Sometimes, Just Give Yourself a Break

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Be an Adult; Get Things Done

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Be Spiritual

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Sing

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Stop the Little Sadness Before It Gets Too Big

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Sometimes, Be Embarrassed

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Figure Out Whose Fault It Is

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Be Sad

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Cut Your Hair

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Repeat Good Stuff Over and Over in Your Head

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Sometimes, Get Ahead of Yourself

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Fight, Part Two

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Fight

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Pray the Right Way

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Get Mad

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Tell Yourself the Truth, Always

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Read Perspective-changers

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Throw Out the Blueprint

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Pretend to Be Good

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Fall in Love, Part Two

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Fall in Love

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get a Happy Ending

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Get Bored

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Screw Variety. Take the Sure Thing Instead

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Know Yourself

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Being Alone Is Good

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Sometimes, You Have to Look for Love

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Think Deeply and Be Alive

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: You Can Be Whatever You Want to Be

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: You’re Really Good Enough

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Beware of Middle Age

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Expect Change

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Develop a System That Works

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: When You’re Struggling, Admit It

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Apologies are Amazing

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Be Like Other People

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: If He’s Not Your Best Friend, You Have No Chance

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: It’s Wrong to Get Annoyed

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Love Is a Form of Worship

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Always Remember How Lucky You Are

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Say Out Loud What You Need

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Even Atheists Are Kind

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: It’s Okay to Want What You Don’t Have

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Being Married Is Nice . . . But Make Sure You Marry Someone Nice

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: It’s Okay to Be Strange, Part Two

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: It Is So Good To Be Free

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: It’s Okay to Be Strange

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Love Is Just a Feeling

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: It’s Okay to Have Fun

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Fall in Love with Your Brother

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: When It’s True Love, You Have to Turn the Car Around

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Always Remember How Lucky You Are

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Friendship Is Number One

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Love Is Not Art

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Want Too Much

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Settle for Eyes That Don’t Glow

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: It’s Okay To Be Sad

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Love Is All You Need—Sort Of

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Your Instincts Are Probably Right

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: A Time to Try and a Time to Just Let It Happen

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Know That Life is a Game

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Failure Doesn’t Matter

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Give Advice the Right Way

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: You Are Weaker Than You Think

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Be Normal

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Lower Your Standards

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Caffeine

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Being Alone Is Good

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Strategize

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Life is a Game; Play It On Purpose

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Learn to Love Twitter

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Shop for Friends

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Be a Loner

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Do What You’re Afraid To Do

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Read About God

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Worry and Don’t Make Babies

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get Some Friends

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get a Hobby

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Cheat on Your Significant Other, But Pick Up Your Socks

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Find Someone You Never Lie To

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Be a Drag

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Be as Intellectually Flexible as You Can Be

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Try

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Spend Money When You’re Happy; Save It When You’re Down

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Be Your Own Man

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Do Good Deeds

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Expect Too Much

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Play Video Games

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: But, Sometimes, Be Totally Passionate

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Read Great Books

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Get an Addiction

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Try

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Do What You Want to Do, And Nothing Else

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Have Willpower

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Tell Yourself Lies

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: You’re Less Selfish Than You Think

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Make the Fundamental Attribution Error

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Be Awesome

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Buy New Clothes

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Hate Optimists

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Go Outside

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Have Nice Friends

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Sometimes, Just a Shower Will Help

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Learn to Love Rejection

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Don’t Define Your Morality Too Strictly

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Take Medication

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Let People Go That Are Gone

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Make Unreasonable Goals

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: You’re More Negative Than You Think

Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Smile

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Finally, it happened. After ten years thinking about it, I attempted, as the Apostle Paul once wrote, to “pray without ceasing”–to communicate in an ongoing way with the Divine.

Interested in my results?

Get You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends on Amazon. It’s free.

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More Stuff to Read:

Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.

There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Only one blog talks about whether or not they work. With ratings. (Take that, God.)

I Suspect Inner Peace Is Just a Myth. Here Are Interviews With People Who Disagree.

Some people are such show-offs. But that doesn’t mean they’re not worth listening to.

Depression, Begone! (Thanks. You’re Wonderful.)

It’s a great time to try to get suddenly awesome. So many teachers. So many books.

I’m a Partner, a Mom, a Friend, a Mom, a Sister, a Daughter, a Businessperson and a Mom. Here’s What Helps.

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5 comments

  1. I have read some of these and I am sure will read others. I imagine I read them all when they were originally posted. I have created my own blog linking to this post. My readers thank you.
    Scott

  2. I, too, have fought depression. I see. To have won, about 2 years now. If you are female, enjoy being a girl- even at 73. Get one of the 5 drawer, plastic cabinets on wheels. Make sure you have your space, bedroom for me, fixed with all things joy. Lg screen TV, Smart Phone or laptop, shop Amazon for a line of beauty products for everything from your feet, teeth, hair and especially skin. Stop coloring your hair or cutting it for natural hair that is who you are. Pamper your complexion with your own facial that, after trials, you love most. Do your nails a very light, pink natural or if you love color, go for it. Always, but and wear sexy shoes. If age prevents heels, get strappy low wedgies, toes and heels out, top & sides out some too. Work on your feet until they are soft, slender and beauties. Explore buying jewelry, at my age, I have bought magnets, for necklaces, and it takes only a second to put on a fine chain with a Tahitian single Pearl, I have lots of beautiful jewelry but none of it is expensive, just makes you feel lovely. If you can, order some new clothes from Macy’s, especially night gowns and silky things that feel good on your skin. Take beautiful care of who you want to be, inside even more than out. Keep a cheap spiral notebook, and yes, must be hand written, no technology. Keep a dated, running list of everything you see, hear or otherwise come into contact with that, after giving it some thought you think it might make you happy justthought, you think it might make you happy – just seeing it or noticing it in some way. Every day, try to find smaller things to be happy about. I liked the cracks in my driveway because they were familiar and meant that I was home. Writing it is important because your hand writing comes from inside you. These things have helped me after the death of my husband, who I dearly loved. Good luck with depression,

    1. Wow, what a comment! I love that you are enjoying life! And that you are reaching out. If you’d like me to share your story in a post of its own, let me know. You seem like such a fun person.

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