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Depression can come along at any time and hit you in the gut. Having recently been through a terrible breakup, I have found myself being depressed. I’m not normally a depressed person and don’t have any issues with , so I decided to try and cheer myself up! Here are a few things I have done to beat my blues. And I still have bad days, of course, but it is getting better. Sometimes I have to make myself do these things, but I am always glad when I do because I always feel better!
Something about fresh air, sunshine, or even a fresh sprinkle outside renews the spirit! Getting outside for a couple of hours even if it’s just to take a walk or run to the grocery store makes me feel better. I tend to sit around in my pajamas and feel very uninspired. Making myself get dressed, put on some lip gloss and head out into civilization always makes me feel a little bit happier.
Write It Down!
I am a lifelong journaler, but if you’ve never done it before, that’s okay. If you prefer digital journaling to good old fashioned pen and paper, check out Blogger or Livejournal for an online journal. You can make it private if you like so no one can read it. Now, get to venting! Writing about my breakup has helped me really work through my emotions and I can look back at old entries and chart my progress. I can’t afford a therapist, so this is an easy, free form of therapy that can really be helpful.
Rock and Roll!
I know, I know, the last thing you want to do when you’re depressed and lying around watching sad movies is to turn on some music and dance. But I promise you, a few minutes of The Black Eyed Peas or even J.Lo’s new single will have you feeling renewed and energetic! Dancing around the house alone or with my kids makes me instantly smile and feel better. I even have a Playlist on iTunes for sad days that include build me up songs that I call my awesome chick music (Joan Jett, Tegan and Sara, Florence & The Machine, Beyonce, etc.)
The Social Hour!
The last thing I have been wanting to do is see people. My eyes are puffy, I don’t want to get dressed, and I’ve gained 5 pounds from eating cookies . But once my friends insisted on coming around, I began to perk up. Even talking to them on the phone (not texting, but talking!) makes me smile. Hearing the voices of people I love that love me makes me happy! And seeing them doesn’t hurt either. Your best friend doesn’t care that you’ve been in the same pants for two days. Invite her over to share your cookies.