Thursday, February 14, 2013

Feeling Better When You're Depressed

I've been really down and depressed over the last week, which may have played a part with my lack of posting this week. We all have our bad days, but allowing it to persist for days, or even weeks is not healthy, and can eventually lead to serious depression. It's important to try to pull yourself out of a slump as soon as you can. This isn't to say that you shouldn't allow yourself to feel those emotions, denying them and just pushing them aside is just as bad as staying depressed for a longer period of time. You need to let your emotions out before you can start feeling better, otherwise you're only holding them inside and allowing them to build up to something bigger.

The first thing is to remove yourself from the troubling situation if you can. Go somewhere that you can be alone, or with someone that you really trust. If you are upset because of a fight, it's best to get away anyways before it escalates into something bigger. It also allows time for things to cool down a bit and gives everyone some time to think about what happened. If you can't get away right away, find some kind of distraction for until you can, but try to get away ASAP. For many, the best place to get away is their room. Lock yourself in there and let your emotions out (in a healthy way). Have a good cry, and if you are home alone, scream at the top of your lungs. Write down your feelings on a piece of paper that nobody will ever see. Get as mean and nasty as you want, say exactly whats on your mind. Just NEVER let anyone see it! Listen to a few songs that describe the way you feel, anything that lets you get out your emotions, as long as it doesn't involve hurting yourself or others. If you feel you need someone to talk to, talk to someone that knows how to cheer you up. Don't stick around the people that are upsetting you.

After you've given yourself a chance to let off your feelings a bit, start working towards making yourself feel better. There are a variety of ways to go about this, and whatever works depends on you. Take my challenge, think of all the good things about yourself. Do something you enjoy, or even try something new. Write a blog post, play your favorite game, get active! Getting active can actually help both your physical and mental health in the long run, is a great way to burn off steam. Shoot some hoops, jump rope, or even go on a jog or for a walk. Allow yourself a little bit of a tasty snack that makes you happy. Watch a (preferably not sad) movie, I like to go for more comedic movies that make me laugh. Listen to music, and try to start moving away from the sadder songs and add a couple of upbeat songs into your playlist. I alike to listen to some funnier, or sometimes more aggressive songs that make me smile, especially Blood On The Dance Floor's music. What you listen to is all based on your tastes. Sometimes going to bed early, or taking a nice nap and sleeping it off can help a lot too, or try going out and doing something fun with your friends. Have a good time, get your mind off of whats going on.

Don't let your sad feelings linger for to long. We all have days when we feel like nothing is going right, and that life just doesn't like us. But remember, there are also days when things will go your way, and you'll feel like nothing can stop you. Let the good times lift you up, but don't let the bad times keep you down.

"Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain <3"

What do you like to do to make yourself feel better when your down? I'd love to learn some different ways that you guys cheer yourselves up. :)

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