In 2017, 264 million people in the entire world suffered from depression, according to the website Our World in Data. In 2021, the numbers are expected to have skyrocketed, especially after being in a pandemic for over a year and missing out on all the things you love. Depression sure is a nuisance, but it’s not something you can snap your fingers and eradicate right away. However, there are things you can do that can possibly help with depression. Here are six tips that may help you improve your mood.
Journaling is good when you want to talk to someone but don’t know who to talk to or what exactly to say. Journals are safe spaces to jot down whatever comes to mind without feeling judged. Journaling is also a great way to express creativity by using glittery pens, trying out new fonts, or even doing some sketches.
*Do Something You Love
Oftentimes, life gets busy and you forget to take time for yourself. It’s important to do something you love whether it’s listening to music, cooking, shopping, doing a skincare routine, or painting. It can literally be anything you find joy in!
Depression can make you feel so alone and isolated. Calling or even texting someone can possibly help with that loneliness. You don’t have to vent to them if you don’t want to, but the company and laughter that you share with one another might make you feel better.
*Love On A Pet
This tip goes along with the third tip. Petting or being around your pets may help you feel less alone. Snuggling with them may even introduce warmth to your heart. Don’t have any pets? Visit a friend who does or take a trip to you local animal shelter to share the love.
Showering at the temperature you like may help with your mood. The rhythmic pattern of the water relaxes your muscles and eases tension. Even if you have to sit down in the shower like a 2000s R&B music video artist, you need to give this one a try.
Holding in tears can do more damage than it does good. It’s okay to cry and remember that all of your emotions are valid. Crying may help you relieve some of the pain you’re feeling.
While these tips may not be a cure, they may help with your depression. If you need to, seek professional help. That is also okay and a very healthy way to deal with your issues. Please remember that your feelings are valid, so don’t be ashamed of your emotions. We at True Star wish you better days!
By Ashleigh Howard-Jones, Senior, University High School