What To Do When Feeling Depressed And Anxious

This guide to what to do when feeling depressed and anxious will offer the simple and effective advice you need to overcome depression and anxiety.

Imagine the setting. Jean has recently ended a relationship with the boyfriend she had been with for ten years. She felt lost. Then, while at her lowest, she was offered her dream job, a job that would completely renew her life. She accepted the job but she still felt alone, depressed and anxious, only now she felt the positivity she needed to turn her mindset around, to face the challenge of the future.

This is just a fictional story. But it reflects life for many of us. We go through transitions in life. Whether it’s leaving school or a job, moving home or overcoming a breakup, we all experience life’s changes. It’s during the transitional periods in life that we usually experience feelings of depression and anxiety. The manner in which we handle these transitions is extremely important to our mental health and general wellbeing. It’s also at these times that we can learn a lot about what to do when feeling depressed and anxious.

So what do you do when feeling depressed? Well, you could do what Jennifer Anniston, J.K.Rowling and Emma Thompson did when they were depression (channel it into art). You could just sit around watching a bunch of movies about depression, which is what I did the first few days I had depression. Or  you could take a look at our list below for the best things to do when you’re down.


What to do when feeling depressed and anxious

Let me share with you what to do when feeling depressed and anxious. But before we get into that bear in mind, there is no one singular thing that is the absolute best thing to do when feeling depressed and anxious. Try all of the suggestions below and stick with the ones that work personally for you.

So, what to do when feeling depressed and anxious:


Expect to experience depression and anxiety occasionally:

Life throws roadblocks at us all. That’s just the way life is.

When we go through life’s transitions we experience loss. Even when we go through a positive transition, such as finding a new and better job, we still experience some sense of loss, the loss of what was.

If we can except this state of loss as a natural part of life, however, we come to see things in perspective, and we can stop dewlling on what we have lost. The first thing to do when feeling depressed and anxious, then, is to remind yourself that such times are natural, that they come and that they go. Depression and anxiety are just transitions (non clinical depression, certainly this is not the case if you’re going through major depression treatment). But the majority of down times are completely natural.  They are not permanent, so try not to worry too much.



Think positive: Too much negative thinking will create states of anxiety and depression. After all, there’s only so much negativity that we can take.

Be mindful of any negativity that you are carrying with you, along with negativity created by other people. Other people can be a very real source of negativity. That’s why you should manage your negative friends and make sure that they are not bringing you down. While it is obviously good to try and be there to help other people, if that person is negatively affecting you you should distance yourself from them for long enough to feel better.

Try to eliminate these sources of depression. At the same time, look for positive alternatives. Teach your mind to think positive. That will help you to overcome depression and anxiety.



Exercise: Exercise is as important to severe depression treatment as it is to general wellbeing exercise daily. All depression rehab centers use exercise extensively for depression inpatient depression treatment. We all should do the same.

Not all exercises are created equal, however. some are a lot more effective at treating depression. You know, one of the best things you can do to cure depression is meditating while running. Trust me on this one. Meditating while running has been scientifically proven to be one of the most effective treatments for depression. And it simply feels amazing.

There is nothing quite like meditating while you run. You’ve got the feeling of the wind in your hair. You’re (hopefully) running somewhere beautiful out in the countryside. You’re out with nature (and nothing is more beautiful than nature). It’s an absolutely wonderful feeling. When I suffered from depression back in 2007, the first time I put my runners on and went for a jog it felt like a real breakthrough. That moment was the first time I thought, ‘You know what? I can beat depression. And I will”. And the more I kept running the more I believed that I truly would cure myself. Placebo research shows that your mind is more powerful than drugs. Once you get your mind in the right place you will naturally cure yourself. And running while meditating will definitely help with that.



Get a support group: One of the best things to do when feeling depressed and anxious is to glean the support of your friends and family.

Getting help for depression from friends and family is key. Be willing to talk about your problems and about how you are feeling. Your friends and family will offer you important support and words of encouragement. By talking with friends and family you will also give yourself an opportunity to vent and to release negativity.

Also, if you are trying to help someone you love with depression, there is a right way and a wrong way. Obviously you mean the best. And you want to make sure you help them. So you’ll want to read our guide to helping someone with depression.


Don’t put extra pressure on yourself: It’s important that you don’t put any extra pressure on yourself. Some people, when feeling depressed and anxious, will blame themselves and feel lowly of themselves, perhaps considering themselves weak. Depressed and anxiety are not week, they are an unfortunate reality of the difficulty of life. Remind yourself that millions of people are suffering in the same way, that you are not alone, and that depression and anxiety happen to the majority of people at one time or another. Be a friend to yourself and remove any pressure from your mind.

One of the best ways how to stop depression is to learn how to be nice to yourself.


Do something new: It can be difficult to try new things when feeling depressed and anxious. Novelty, however, is important to mental health. You should routinely try new things in order to create a sense of freshness and to stimulate your brain. Of course, don’t do anything too daring when feeling  depressed and anxious, but don’t feel you need to stick to your usual routine either.

Novelty is one of the most important parts of a healthy brain. Your brain loves doing new things. And when you train your brain to be healthy you will naturally cure depression. So try that alongside these 40 other exercises to strengthen your brain.


Diet: Of course diet is important to everything. You probably don’t need a specific diet, but you do need a healthy one. Cut out junk food, eat your greens and get the basics of dieting right. A good diet is one of the best depression medications.



Mindfulness and Meditation: Mindfulness and meditation are the most powerful remedies for depression and anxiety. Meditate on the present moment and you will find a great deal of release. Mindfulness and meditation are used extensively in depression treatment centers and should be used by all.  To learn to cure depression and anxiety with mindfulness and meditation, read Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners. Just click the book on the right or left of your screen for details).

The absolute best way to learn mindfulness and meditation is with my new book Journey To The Buddha Within You. In one book I will show you how to make your mind strong and how to fifnd your inner Zen so you never have to experience depression again. Visit that link now and discover how to use meditation for depression.

Refer to depression resources: Have a list of resources for depression and anxiety that you can draw on when you need to. You can find some of the best in our list of resources for depression.


We hope you find this guide to “What to do when feeling depressed and anxious” helpful. Thanks for reading.

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