What to Put in Your Calendar to Reduce Depression

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 146

Depression is complicated. There’s more than one type. Some people only have one depressive episode while others have frequent bouts of depression that come and go. 

The symptoms can differ from person to person as well. Some people sleep too much. Others don’t sleep enough. Some people have physical symptoms. Others appear irritable rather than sad. 

Many people who have depression don’t even know they have it. Instead, they think they’re just tired or they chalk their symptoms up to being under “too much stress.”

Despite the fact that identifying depression can be complicated, some of the treatments can be simple. 

That doesn’t mean following through with these treatments is easy–battling depression is a tough job. But it does mean that a few lifestyle changes can sometimes make a big difference to someone who is living with depression. 

On today’s Friday Fix episode, I share how therapists often help people battle depression with behavioral therapy. Changing a few things in your calendar could reduce your depression. So today, I’m sharing what those things are and how they could help. 

And the best news is, it’s something you can try right away. You can put it into practice today and see if it works for you.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.