Depression is a topic that I’ve always wanted to discuss here on my blog, but I wasn’t sure if I was able to help you, since my experience is probably not that big compare to others… But I realized that it shouldn’t matter.
Whether you were, still are or never been depressed, you should do something; anything that will help those who need it.
In this post, I will share what I did to cope with depression/anxiety.
1.Talk to someone
Before doing anything, you should first talk about it with a person you trust. It’s a better way to calm down, because when you’re alone, you usually overthink and most of the time what you’re thinking are all negative.
If you don’t want your parents to know or you don’t have a friend you really trust, talk to the social worker at your school or the school’s psychologist. It is confidential, so no one will know besides you and the person you’re talking to.
Letting things out of your chest really helps. Let it all out. Cry if you feel like crying; Shout when you feel like shouting; Complain when you feel like complaining…
Do that in front of the person you choose to talk to. They will listen, they will be patient… they will understand.
If you don’t want to talk to anyone. Take your journal, open your blog or take a piece of paper and write down your thoughts. It doesn’t matter if they’re negative or positive, just write it all down. This will also clear your mind and help you calm down.
You can throw that piece of paper after you’ve written all your feelings down, that way you can make it seem as if you’ve said what you had to say and now it’s time to move on. Or you can keep it, and read it again when you’re so much better and tell yourself that it is possible to get through such difficult time. You can also share your story and/or give advice to others based on your experience.
When so many emotion is running through your system, go to a quiet place, sit down and close your eyes. The time doesn’t matter. Take as long as you want.
Meditating is your opportunity to calm your nerves, clear your mind and focus on yourself. It will also give you the ability to take better decisions afterwards.
Whether it’s running, going to the gym, doing yoga, doing stretches or abs workout; it doesn’t really matter, just get moving.
A lot of the times, when we don’t feel good, we lie down or sit down doing nothing and that’s when you overthink which makes you even more sad.
If you can’t think of anything to occupy yourself, exercise. Not only will it help you cope with stress, but it is also healthy for you.
“It’s like dreaming, but with your eyes open.”
I read to escape reality. When life gets tough or it’s too much for me to handle, I read so I can be transported into another world where I can forget about reality for a moment.
I recommend fiction novels because you’re trying to escape real life.
6. Make a memory jar
Those are my memory jars. Their purpose? Help you remember the good days, the good memories, instead of the bad ones.
Usually you read all the memories at the end of the year, but you can read them anytime whenever you’re feeling down.
It doesn’t take long to do. You can just take a small piece of paper or post-it notes and drop down a summary of a good day. It could be a sentence long or more. Also, write the date.
Another way you can do this, you can put an object (small) that will remind you of a specific day. For example, a receipt from a restaurant that you enjoyed with friends or a leaf that will remind you of a good day at the park, anything.
7. Make a Pinterest Account
Pinterest has so many things that I like. It gives me inspirations, it has a ton quotes that makes you feel better, it can also help you discover more blogs by clicking on the pictures.
Pinterest is where I got the memory jar idea, so it really can help you with anything.
If you’re looking for advice on depression or anxiety, you can go search that up and you will find a ton.
By the way, this is not sponsored, I really do recommend Pinterest.
I hope these seven advice help you in some way. It definitely helped back when I was going through a bad time. Just know that it gets better. Life is not easy, it’s a roller coaster ride. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it isn’t. Just be strong, love yourself and you’ll get through it, I promise.