When I'm feeling DOWN and I need an UP. I take FIVE. It's a simple RX for when you're low.
It won’t circumnavigate full-blown depression, but it interrupts a sadness that might slide into something more. When I offer it to friends, I jokingly sign the RX as "Dr. Ann."
Eat a meal with at least four colors on your plate. (Fruit loops & Orange Cheetos don’t count). A piece of broccoli, a slice of cantaloupe, a sweet potato, a bowl of strawberries and blackberries, something that makes you feel HEALTHY and WELL-CARED for.
Read a beloved novel. NOT a self-help book or challenging non-fiction expose. Good story, escape.
Enjoy a hot bath or shower and relax.
Take a walk or swim.
Tell a good friend about how you're feeling.
These aren’t revolutionary, but they can interrupt a downward swing. Nobody is immune from depression. Reach out to yourself or a friend with an RX, love, and take FIVE.