Hello loves, Happy New Year! For my first post of 2018, I am writing a personal lifestyle post. One of my cute friends requested I write something like this, and I couldn't say no to a blog post request. Which reminds me, if you have a request please comment or contact me about it. I would love to post something you want to read.
Before I start sharing my tips on fighting depression, let me start by saying that these are all things that I have experienced and that have helped me. Like many of you, I battle a mental illness, including depression. Sadly it is very common, especially in my state. So please do anything you can to help yourself. If this post does not help, please find something or someone to reach out to. Also, these are my personal ideas-they aren't 'official' or 'professional'. These are suggestions from a friend, to a friend. Here are my six tips to fighting depression:
Take a step back, are you getting too much or too little sleep? This can either really help your depression or make it worse. I would oversleep a lot instead of facing the world everyday and it became too unhealthy. If you're like me and you're sleeping away your problems or facing the world, this is what I suggest: Cut your naps to 20 minutes. If 20 minutes is too short, 40 minutes. It will make you feel refreshed and even brighten up your day a little bit. Also make sure those alarms are on and working!
Are you sleeping too little? Maybe the depression is eating you away late at night. I've been there too. I downloaded this amazing app called "Sleep/Relax" that helps you fall asleep every night and gives you tips on how to fall asleep easier each night. It helped me a lot, especially with deep sleeps.
MUSIC ON. WORLD OFF.
Let's say depression hits you very badly and randomly: music can help. I know it's an instinct to listen to sad music when sad, but that is actually an awful idea. Happy music can help save the day! Happy music can help make you a happy person. I have a happy playlist, and I suggest these songs to listen to on a sad day; Secrets, by Mary Lambert, The Rainbow Connection, from The Muppets, Growing Gets Tough, by The Growlers, Fire and the Flood, by Vance Joy. Click on any of those song titles, put some headphones in and enjoy.
At this point, when you are in this state of mind, friends are so important. Friends can make you smile and make you feel comfortable with yourself. If you feel alone, I can promise you that you are not alone Someone cares about you. I care about you. When you are feeling this way, go out with friends, call a family member, pet your dog. My dog is my best friend and he makes me happy all the time.
LEAVE THE HOUSE.
I cannot express how important this is, go out every single day! Even if it's just going on a simple walk, you are kicking depression in the butt! This was something I struggled with in the past, I hated getting out of bed let alone getting out of the house. It helps you become so strong doing daily tasks like getting groceries. It can be hard with depression, but I know you can do it!
If you're like me, anxiety is part of the depression. I want everyone to read this and take deep thought and consideration into it, but if you struggle with anxiety I especially want you to listen to this. I challenge you to take a break from social media. When you are sad/anxious, scrolling through any social media can make it so much worse. People can't help but start to compare themselves when scrolling, they think "Why can't I be pretty like that?" "Why don't I have as many friends?" "Why am I alone on a Friday night?". Every tweet, story, selfie, can slowly drag you down without you knowing it. People fake so many things on social media, I'm guilty of pretending to be happy on social media. You never know what is behind the post. Take a social media break, delete some apps for a few weeks, if you can't do a few days, if not days, try hours. I know this will help you, and you deserve help, and so much more.
If you have come to the conclusion that you are sad or anxious too often, go talk to someone. I know it may seem scary or embarrassing to tell someone that you're struggling with mental problems, but when you open up to someone, they can help you in so many ways. I suggest opening up to a school counselor, a church leader, a trusted close friend, or family member. And if you don't want to open up a person, text the crisis line. They can help you face the fear.
I know this was a serious, personal lifestyle post to start out 2018. But I want all of you in a happy, healthy state of mind this year. Let's make 2018 amazing together! Thank you all for reading my daisies. Have an amazing rest of your week!