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The Ultimate List of Resources for Overcoming Depression

I put together this ultimate list of resources for overcoming depression from Resilient and other resources, websites, books, etc in order to help you overcome depression. I wanted this to be the perfect starting point for beginning your journey, a link to send to friends struggling with depression, and the ultimate list of resources and posts about overcoming depression, mixed in with some tips and other helpful things.

I put together this ultimate list of resources for overcoming depression from Resilient and other resources, websites, books, etc in order to help you overcome depression. I wanted this to be the perfect starting point for beginning your journey, a link to send to friends struggling with depression, and the ultimate list of resources and posts about overcoming depression, mixed in with some tips and other helpful things.


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The Ultimate List of Mental Health Resources | Free Mental Health Resources

Starting Your Recovery Journey

Find Your Reason Why

Before we start talking about how to let go of the negative things in your life and replacing them with the positive, we need to figure out why you want to take these steps in the first place. Why do you want to recover from depression?

Let’s dig deep here.

Get out a journal, a sheet of paper, a note on your phone, whatever.

Why do you want to get better? Just write whatever comes to mind.

Maybe you said, “I want to be happy.”

And now I’ll ask why? to that answer. Why do you want to be happy or get better? Or whatever you answered.

Maybe you want to have the motivation to start writing again. Maybe you want to go to college. Maybe you want to be in a relationship. Maybe you want to be a role model for your little sister.

What you answered to the last question is your why. Why you want to get better and why you’re putting in all of this effort in the first place. When things get hard – and they will – this is what you will go back to time and time again to motivate you to keep going. When things get tough, you need a reason to keep trying.

This is excerpted from our Negativity Detox.
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
How to Start Recovering from Depression or Anxiety
The One Piece of Advice I Have for People with Depression
5 Concepts that Changed My Life (and Depression)
How to Start Feeling Better (Tips for Depression)
How I Overcame My Depression
How Your Attitude Affects Your Recovery
How to Set Goals When You’re Depressed
How to Begin Rebuilding Your Life and Make it Ridiculously Amazing
How to Heal Past Hurts and Insecurities with Forgiveness
Daily Recovery Progress Tracker

For Bad Days

26 Things to Do When You’re Having a Bad Day
How to Turn a Bad Day Around Quickly
When Life Keeps Getting Worse and Worse
A Mantra for When Nothing Goes Right and Life is Out to Get You
How to Make a Happy Box for Bad Days
The 14 Best Songs for People with Depression
How to Get Rid of Bad Feelings
How to Deal with Negative Thoughts

Happiness and Positivity

The Secret to Happiness is Already in Front of You
How to Have a Life that Gets Better and Better Every Day
The 10 Day Happiness Challenge
How to Improve Your Life Overnight

Movement and Meditation

5 Yoga Videos for Depression
70 Free Guided Meditations for You to Enjoy

Books and Classes

30 Day Negativity Detox
Recovery Diary
Infinite Joy
The Best Books for Overcoming Depression
10 Books I Read During My Recovery

Websites and Blogs

Resilient 🙂
Tiny Buddha
Purpose Fairy
Mind Body Green
Radical Transformation Project

Online Therapy and Crisis Chats / Phone Hotlines

While in-person therapy is still better, there are websites for free online therapy if you can’t afford it or otherwise can’t make it out to see someone. The first two are chatting with active listeners, who are trained volunteers but are not licensed therapists (more like messaging with a friend), and as a bonus I’ll add a link to a paid online messaging therapy with licensed therapists.

7 Cups (free listeners to talk to)
Blah Therapy (free listeners to talk to)
BetterHelp (paid, professional therapists to talk to)
Talk Space (paid, professional therapists to talk to)
IMAlive (free crisis chat)
Crisis Chat (free crisis chat)

Since all you do is type in your messages like you’re chatting, this is also a good alternative for people with social anxiety. 🙂

[See Also: How to Start Recovering from Depression or Anxiety]

Mental Health Resources: Websites for Free Online Therapy

7 Cups

Websites for Free Online Therapy

Blah Therapy

Websites for Free Online Therapy

Here are a couple more that are paid, but you can talk to professional licensed therapists online for a reasonable price:

BetterHelp

Websites for online therapy

Talkspace

Websites for Free Online Therapy
While in-person therapy is still better, there are websites for free online therapy if you can't afford it or otherwise can't make it out to see someone. The first two are chatting with active listeners, who are trained volunteers but are not licensed therapists (more like messaging with a friend), and as a bonus I'll add a link to a paid online messaging therapy with licensed therapists.

Helpful Products for Coping with Depression

Pause and Unwind Subscription Box– Pause and Unwind is a monthly subscription gift box filled with goodies to help you with anxiety or depression (like Birch Box does for makeup). You can either buy one box as a gift or you can get an ongoing subscription. This is a really neat idea!

Fluffy blanket– I love blankets! Blankets are great for snuggling under when you’re having a rough day and just want something comforting.

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron- Currently in the middle of reading this book and I’ve already gotten so much out of it. I don’t agree with everything she says, but it has challenged me to think in new ways and approach pain not as something to be avoided, but something to make peace with. It could really change your perspective on things.

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield- This is a must-read personal development book about creating certain habits and principles in your life that will help you become happier and more successful. What he talks about can apply to any area of your life and can certainly help you become a happier person in control of your life.

Light therapy lamp (also known as a sad light or happy light)- I haven’t experimented with these much (I’ve used one once before), but many psychiatrists and studies claim that exposure to light that mimics the sun (especially in the winter when you don’t get as much natural sunlight) can help depression. Worth looking into. :)

Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist. These are two of my favorite inspirational / spiritual books. Cold Tangerines is about celebrating the happiness of everyday life and Bittersweet is about the teary and hard moments of life, so it’s nice to have both on hand depending on my mood.

Natural Calm magnesium drink– This is a magnesium supplement in the form of a powdered drink mix. It’s my secret anxiety-fighting hack! Magnesium is good for depression and anxiety. I like the raspberry lemonade flavor. This stuff is great if you’re feeling really anxious and you need to calm down on the spot because it makes you sleepy and really calm and happy. Check with your doctor to make sure you can take supplements.

Happy essential oil– There are many essential oil products like this (that are supposed to make you happier), and this one is a blend of bergamot, grapefruit, and ylang ylang designed to lift your spirits.

Encouragement jar- If you want to do something handmade, you can grab a mason jar and fill it with colorful post it notes of happy, encouraging, and uplifting messages for a friend. I did something similar for my dad when I left for college.

A Homemade Happy Box– If you’re feeling very ambitious, maybe you want to put together a happy box for your friend or loved one. Here are ideas for what you could put in your homemade happy box (similar to what’s on this page).

Just in Case

Are you Sabotaging Your Recovery?
How to Stop Self Sabotage
Prevent a Downward Spiral When You’re Overwhelmed and Stressed
When You Feel Like You’re Not Making Progress or Getting Any Better
You’re Going to Want to Give Up
You Don’t Have to Be Happy All the Time
How to Believe in Yourself When No One Else Does
What to Do When You Hit an Obstacle
How to React When You Have a Setback in Life
30 Inspirational Quotes About Recovery

Everything is Going to Be Ok

Keep track of your recovery journey with this free monthly Recovery Calendar.  It is dateless so you can start it at any time.  Click on the link below to download the full size version, or save it on your computer or desktop to be eco-friendly.

Keep track of your recovery journey with this free monthly Recovery Calendar.  It is dateless so you can start it at any time.  Click on the link below to download the full size version, or save it on your computer or desktop to be eco-friendly.

It helps you keep track of helpful daily habits like fueling your mind with positive inspiration, reading blog posts on our app or website, meditating, exercising, eating healthy, and drinking water.

Free Recovery Calendar for Depression and Anxiety

Recovery Calendar
Get a free downloadable Recovery Calendar

This is from our Recovery Diary, a journal to track your daily recovery progress from depression or anxiety.

Daily Recovery Progress Tracker

Keep track of your recovery journey with this Daily Recovery Progress Tracker.  Print out multiple copies or copy and paste this image into a new Word Doc or Evernote as a guide for the questions and type in your answers after it.

Daily Progress Tracker
Get a free downloadable Daily Progress Tracker

This is from our Recovery Diary, a journal to track your daily recovery progress from depression or anxiety.

Yoga Videos for Depression

When you’re depressed, it’s important to get moving and keep your energy up but that’s the last thing you want to do.  So if you’re depressed, sometimes yoga is a gentle way to ease into movement that can help ease depression but doesn’t take a ridiculous amount of energy to get started with.  Try these 5 yoga videos for depression to see if they help with your stress and depression.

When you're depressed, it's important to get moving and keep your energy up but that's the last thing you want to do.  So if you're depressed, sometimes yoga is a gentle way to ease into movement that can help ease depression but doesn't take a ridiculous amount of energy to get started with.  Try these 5 yoga videos for depression to see if they help with your stress and depression.
  1. Yoga for the Winter Blues- Yoga for Depression

2. Feel Better Yoga- Beginner’s Yoga for Depression, Stress,  the Blues, and Anxiety Relief

3. Yoga to Make You Happy

4. Yoga for Stress and Depression

5. Depression and Yoga Practice

If you’d like more depression tips, check out our 30 Day Negativity Detox.

Yoga Videos to Help You Fall Asleep

Sometimes depression and anxiety cause insomnia and make it hard to sleep.  Yoga can not only help relax you and help you fall asleep, but can also help alleviate symptoms of depression.  Here are 5 yoga videos to help you fall asleep.

Sometimes depression and anxiety cause insomnia and make it hard to sleep. Yoga can not only help relax you and help you fall asleep, but can also help alleviate symptoms of depression. Here are 5 yoga videos to help you fall asleep.

5 Yoga Videos to Help You Fall Asleep

1. Bedtime Yoga Sequence

This is my favorite sleepy yoga video. 🙂  I’ve done this routine several times and it definitely helps you feel more relaxed and fall asleep faster.

2. Beginner’s Yoga for Relaxation and Sleep

3. Yoga for Bedtime

4. Bedtime Yoga for Deep Sleep

5. Relaxation or Bedtime Yoga Routine

Recovery Calendar (for Depression and Anxiety)

Keep track of your recovery journey with this free monthly Recovery Calendar. It is dateless so you can start it at any time. Click on the link below to print the full size version, or save it on your computer or desktop to be eco-friendly.

Lots of love,
Katie 🙂

The Ultimate List of Resources, Tips, and Blog Posts for Overcoming Depression

Ultimate List of Resources for Depression and Anxiety | Free Depression Resources

Zina Hawi

Saturday 28th of November 2015

Dear Katie

I discovered this website about an hour ago and I think it was a message sent from above... I would like to ask you a couple of questions, if I may: 1. How old are you? I mean, you seem to be so young, barely 20 one might say, to have experienced extreme depression ... 2. Have you, at any point, considered ending your life?

Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us.

Katie

Saturday 28th of November 2015

I'm 22. :) Depression doesn't discriminate - it can affect someone of any age. Yes, I've talked about this in a few past blog posts but prefer not to go into detail.

Kiah

Monday 12th of October 2015

I love this website! I'm on my way to recovery from the struggles of anxiety and depression in my life! Thank you so much Katie!

Katie

Tuesday 13th of October 2015

Thanks so much! I hope it helps you in your journey, and good luck! You can do this. <3

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