Depression. We all know it. Some are familiar with the word, while some others are familiar with the experience. It’s incomprehensible yet very clear at the same time.
You feel the pain creeping in but you don’t know just why you’re feeling it. It sneaks into your life right when you don’t expect it to. You feel alone, you need someone to lean on, but then again you feel like you just want to disappear. If this sounds relatable to you, well you should know that you’re not the only one. You ask yourself, when is this suffocating cycle ever gonna end? When am I gonna become normal again? Am I ever gonna make it out of the darkness?
This depression monster affects more people than you would imagine. Even the happiest looking ones, or should I say especially the happiest looking ones.
Just like a really annoying friend, except it’s definitely not your friend. It wants to take over you and suck out your positivity.
If you’re feeling depression creeping up on you, it’s about time to make it stop!!
Here’s A List Of Things You Can Do When Your Depression Is Not Co-operating.
I know it’s easier said than done. I’m not saying you can become a positive bubbly person overnight, what I’m saying is you can baby-step your way to that.
- Tell yourself kind words.
- Write a wholehearted letter for your depressed self without feeling any shame.
- List all the things you love about yourself.
- List all the things you want to achieve in the future.
- Forgive yourself.
This will give you a sense of purpose, and hopefully diminish the pain you’re feeling.
In the beginning, it might feel awkward to you, but trust me that’s how you’re gonna start improving.
2. Feed Yourself Well.
While it’s easy to lose appetite when you’re feeling sad, you should never ever EVER skip a meal because of that. Get up, make your favorite childhood sandwich, order a large Pizza. Just any comforting meal that would uplift your spirits. Don’t even worry about how “healthy” that meal is, because it is healthy for your emotions during a breakdown.
After all, the depression might be just a hunger mood change idk.
Step1: Lift head. Step 2: Look around you. Step 3: Observe.
When I say observe I mean contemplate anything.
- Look outside your window.
- Slow down your moving speed.
- Count the sounds you’re hearing.
Who knows you might make a new discovery about the world around you. Or even about yourself. Feel the beauty in everything!
Bring attention to your breath. Notice how your chest lifts as you inhale. And how your stomach relaxes as you exhale. Try to do that, like now.
Just hang in there buddy.
4. Take A Break From Your Thoughts.
- Put on your favorite movie.
- Go on a walk to the park.
- Watch Youtube tutorials (it’s easy to get lost there).
- Put some nice uplifting music. ( although it might be tempting to listen to sad music.)
Just get yourself out of your seat and don’t let your thoughts be louder than the external world. Most importantly, don’t let your depression win this round.
5.If You Failed The Previous One, Express Those Thoughts.
It can be through writing them down or telling a friend about them. But the most important thing is to let them out! Because suffering in silence is not going to do you any good.
If words fail, express yourself in art. You don’t have to be an exceptionally talented painter, just grab a paper and a few pens (Colorful if possible) and scribble whatever. LET GO!! Release that negativity.
6. Allow Yourself To Cry
No, you’re not a weak person if you cry. In fact, you’ve got to shed a few tears when you’re depressed to feel completely better afterwards. Most importantly, be vulnerable with yourself. Because, in contrary to what we believe, vulnerability is a strength.
Cry your heart out and don’t hold back! Being an adult doesn’t take that right from you. So yes. Big girls (and boys) DO cry.
In such tough times, make sure you’re not caving in. And surround yourself by loving people, because rejecting help is certainly not good for you.
Keep in mind that you can do it. Share what’s on your mind! because depression beats you when you’re on your own.