Blues Busters
“Depression” by Salvatore Vuono []
Do you ever feel like the whole worlds against you? Like everyone else is out living their amazing lives and you’re just stuck in the shadows. Do you ever just want to disappear?

I do.

Not all of the time; sometimes it’s as if life couldn’t get any better. But then more and more grey clouds start looming and then the rain starts falling. It feels like things will never be alright again.

But they will.

To help you beat that feeling of impending doom, I’ve put together a list of my top five tips to get you back on track. (Note; these are just things I’ve found from experience, I’m not claiming to be a doctor or a miracle worker…)

  • 1. Start your day right. Get up, shower, get dressed, have breakfast…and all before noon. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got plans for that day or not; its way too easy to stay cocooned in bed hiding from the world. Get up and start to make yourself feel better.
  • 2. Eat right. It’s simple. Things that you put in your body have an effect on how you feel. Now I’m not saying you should diet or anything like that, just try and avoid junk food or eating an entire pint of ice cream.
  • 3. Get outside. You don’t have to go far, but get some fresh air. Put on your headphones and go for a walk or take that book you’ve been meaning to finish and sit in your garden for a while. You need a change from those same four walls and daytime tv sucks anyway.
  • 4. Socialise. Too often we isolate ourselves when we feel rubbish. Call your friends and have a long catch up. Invite them out to see that new movie or go for a coffee. Whatever it is that you do, you need social interaction and your friends need to hear from you.
  • 5. If these feelings don’t go away, talk to someone about them. It doesn’t matter too much about who it is – your tutor, your boss or even your mum- just don’t keep it to yourself. You might feel silly or like they have other things to worry about, but they care about you and sharing might make you feel better. If it doesn’t, talk to your doctor; they’re there to help you. It might seem scary at first but it’s a step towards feeling better again.

Whatever happens, life is always going to have ups and downs. No matter what, there is always going to be someone you can talk to. Things will get better.


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