This is my depressed stance. When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better. If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve got to stand like this. Charles Schulz. Depression is a symptom of a serious illness and can become life threatening. It’s not to be taken lightly or flippantly. On the other hand, like all illnesses, it’s in our best interest to fight back with every weapon available to us. We can affect the downward spiral of depression and slow down the progression. Just like we can make changes in our lifestyles and habits to minimize some illnesses (like hypertension or diabetes), we can also use self-help strategies to impact depression. Illnesses do not always go away completely and some are chronic. At the same time we don’t have to stand helplessly by and let the illness take it’s course without placing obstacles before it. For depression, it’s important to place as many barriers as we can in it’s path of destruction. Depression can be hindered even when it cannot be completely eradicated. We may use diet, thoughts, behaviors, and decisions to combat depressed moods so they don’t deepen to the level of despair. We all know what helps and what does not help us. It does take effort and it’s not always easy (it hardly ever is easy). It is simple though. Our lives actually do depend on us taking strong and willful steps to minimize the impact of depressed moods. Whether it’s standing up straighter to create the positive flow of chemicals it produces in our body, or repeating a positive phrase a thousand times. Just because we cannot do everything, does not mean we cannot do something.