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What do you do when you’re depressed? Alli asks, Mishu answers. #depression #DearMishu

Mishu answers what she does when she's depressed.

What does Mishu do when she’s depressed?

Dear Alli,

I usually just lie down and stare into space…. Yeah, that’s right, it’s normal to be depressed sometimes.  As long as it’s not all the time, just be depressed when you’re depressed.

#DearMishu #StressedOut

The Inside Story

Mishu’s a dog. Sometimes she’s bored and looks depressed. And she just sits there and stares into space. It’s okay to do that — to sit with your sadness a little bit and feel it.

Too often, when we feel depressed, or worried, or angry we feel bad about ourselves for feeling that way. We feel depressed that we’re depressed.  Or worried that we feel anxious. Or angry at ourselves that we’ve reacted in anger. But those are normal human emotions. So just let them be. Leave yourself alone. Just be what you are.

Of course if your depression is something that doesn’t pass, or you can’t get out of bed, then you should take further action. Then it’s more than the normal ups and downs of life and you need to seek help.


Try these resources:

Article on depression in dogs

Mishu’s advice on stress and anxiety relief

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

National Institute of Mental Health – guidance on depression


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