Depression carries with it a stigma, but we must get past that and find ways to address it properly. Dealing with it may be a lot different if you were staying in your home country, but when you're in a foreign land you just have to make do with what you have. Whenever I am feeling sad or having negative thoughts, these are some of the things that help me overcome.
I use an app called HeadSpace every morning. It just takes a few minutes of your time. Just find a spot in your house, and carve some time in your schedule when you won’t be interrupted. You can also try the Calming Mind app.
Attend a yoga class
Why not invite a friend to do it with you? I found a yoga class that is run by our local council, and it only costs $80 for 8 sessions. And since we're on quarantine these days, online classes work just as well — and they're free!
Take a walk
The quickest way to bounce back when you are down is to get a breath of fresh air and some sunshine. I was advised to take a 30-minute walk 3 times a week. Walking helps clear your mind and takes you away from the negativity. If you're stuck at home like me, just open the windows and watch nature from a distance.
Do something you are passionate about
There is something joyful that comes out from creativity. I love baking and making cards. Whenever I create something from scratch and give it to someone, I get a feeling of accomplishment. Seeing the reaction of the recipient makes me feel proud of myself, too.
Talk to a friend
Sometimes all you need is a friend who will listen to your story. The pleasant conversation will surely help warm you up. These days, a webchat with friends and family who are far away is the way to connect.