Resources for Depression

I am surprised – shocked even – that I’ve found such a limited number of printed resources covering the topic of depression. I personally like a tangible book to highlight and make notes in the margin, but there are a number of blogs, websites and the like that I’ve found helpful. As I walk this road I’ll continue to add resources I’ve found so please check back often.

Blogs + Websites

Depression is the Enemy: I love this blog because, in addition to the blogger’s own story and journey, it covers depression in the media, quotes, topical news articles and more. It’s a wonderful source of information!

Everyday Health: A wonderful resource for all things health, from mental illness to diseases and ailments.

The Elephant Journal: A great roundup of articles covering everything from love and wellness to funnies and spirituality, family and society and yoga and food. You can also sign up to receive their daily newsletter feature (great for early morning reading to start the day) or a round up of their best-of-the-week articles.

The Mighty: They believe in the power of stories, the strength of communities and the beauty of the human spirit to face disability, disease and mental illnesses. Topics include parenting challenges, autism, physical disabilities, addiction, eating disorders, depression, chronic illnesses and rare diseases.

Tiny Buddha: Tiny Buddha is about reflecting on simple wisdom and learning new ways to apply it to our complex lives—complete with responsibilities, struggles, dreams, and relationships. Founded in 2009, Tiny Buddha has emerged as a leading resource for peace and happiness, with close to three million monthly readers.

We Have Apples: Blogger Rachel Griffin personally deals with depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, so she is all too familiar with these illnesses and the insensitive interactions she’s encountered from others about them. Her blog is fun, honest and hits home with so many things we with mental illness would like the world to know and understand.

Books + Literature

52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling, Inspiration for Positivity, Balance and Joy
Open this journal to discover the keys to your own unique happiness and bring more joy and balance into your life through the power of lists! Create 52 lists, one for every week of the year, that will help you reflect, acknowledge, invest in yourself and ultimately transform your life.

Bright Side Up: How to be Happier Right Now by Am Spencer
We all have those days when life could use a lift. Enter Bright Side Up, a clever and comforting compendium to help you shift your perspective and appreciate what’s right in front of you. With the warmth and wisdom of a dear friend, this deceptively simple guide offers emergency optimism when you need it with fresh tips that can be put to use on the spot.

Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week by Joel Osteen
The title comes from research that shows people are happiest on Fridays. Pastor Joel Osteen writes how we can generate this level of contentment and joy every day of the week. Known as a man who maintains a constant positive outlook in spite of circumstances, Osteen has described this message as a core theme of his ministry. Combining his personal experiences with scriptural insights and principles for true happiness, he shows readers how every day can hold the same promise and opportunities for pure joy that they experience at five o’clock on Friday.

Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness by Rachel Kelly

Based on the author’s yearlong diary, this engaging, user-friendly book is filled with breathing techniques, poetry, prayers, philosophical nuggets, and meditations, all of them practical, gentle suggestions designed to bring more ease and equanimity into your daily life. There’s no complicated programme involved. Written in the candid, conversational style of a good friend and accompanied by delightful cartoon illustrations, Walking on Sunshine is a portable, supportive companion that will see you through life’s ups and downs.

Music + Playlists

50+ Contemporary Christian Songs to Get You Through a Down Day

Good Vibes: (Almost) 100 Songs to Make You Dance Like No One’s Watching

Exercise + Meditation

Free Yoga + Meditation Videos for Depression

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