Keeping yourself busy
Looking into ways to pursue your interests and hobbies prevents you from feeling suffocated by all the symptoms of the disease. Self-care should be a huge priority on your to-do list. Making time to take a little break from the stress can improve your mental state, as well as help you cope with the pain a little bit better. There are several activities one could enjoy, like reading, building jigsaw puzzles, or doing some embroidery.
These hobbies could be shared together with your loved ones, as having support will work wonder in dealing with the onset of depressive episodes. Trying out new things together may not only prove to be effective in relieving your own stress but also your loved ones' too. These activities can be included in your schedule, making it something to look forward to every week.