Life is full of changes. Everyday events and our reactions to them
sometimes interfere with our sense of well-being and peace of mind. Sadness and
feelings of grief or loss are normal reactions to such losses as divorce or
separation, the death of a friend or loved one, or a job change or layoff.
These feelings are an expected reaction to a "triggering event" or change that
you have to get used to. Most people get over their feelings of sadness with
time and gradually get their lives back under control.
If you experience feelings of sadness or loss of interest in
pleasurable activities plus 4 or more of the following symptoms for 2 weeks or
longer, you may have a more serious form of depression:
If you're recovering from depression, it's crucial to take time to relax. Anxiety can make you feel worse and then you'll be more vulnerable to depression.
But vegging out in front of the TV doesn't count as relaxation. You need to try more focused methods. Here are some suggestions that have been shown to help.
On your own, you could:
Listen to soothing music
Go for a walk
Take a long, hot bath -- try turning your bathroom into a home spa
Or with some instruction...