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12 Gift Ideas for Someone with Depression

Do you have a friend or family member who experiences depression? Check out these 12 great gifts for someone with depression. These gifts encourage self-care, the use of adaptive coping strategies, and positive thinking.

Coping Cards

It is often difficult to access helpful, more rational thoughts when we are feeling upset. Coping cards allow us to prepare for this by writing down helpful coping statements ahead of time, so that we can read through these statements when we feel upset and would otherwise find it difficult to access helpful thoughts and ways of viewing situations.

6 Awesome Adult Coloring Book Series

Are you interested in purchasing an adult coloring book but not sure which one to get? That's why I've compiled this list of 6 of the best adult coloring book series to help you begin enjoying the calming benefits of coloring.

Self-Compassion Versus Self-Esteem

Watch an interesting and informative video of Kristin Neff, Ph.D. discussing the differences between self-compassion and self-esteem at a TEDx Talk.

Relaxation Technique: Visual Imagery

When you notice early anxiety cues, using a relaxation technique can prevent anxiety symptoms from spiraling.  Visual imagery can be an effective relaxation technique.

Monday Dose of Mindfulness: Mindful Listening

Have you ever found yourself mindlessly nodding along as someone speaks without really listening to the words being said? Or had to ask someone to repeat something that he or she has just said to you because you can’t seem to recall it at all? These examples highlight some of the reasons it is beneficial to practice mindfulness, or fully bringing awareness to the present moment without judgment, in any situation that requires listening.