Just a reminder: I am not a professional, if you have depression you should speak with a doctor. If you're having suicidal thoughts, please please please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
These tips are based on my personal experiences.
There are a lot of things you can do when you’re feeling blue. Some people like to distract themselves from the issue by watching TV, going shopping, drinking, or doing anything else that takes their minds off of the negative emotions.
I don’t blame them, but I like to try to get to the root of the problem and go from there. These strategies help me do that.
I like to write about what I’m feeling and why I think I’m feeling that way. This helps me to try to understand what’s going on and see if there’s a clear solution to the issue.
2. Rationalize the Issue:
I have been feeling pretty down about humans in general lately. I have been feeling down about the treatment of animals (and human animals) on this planet and sometimes it just seems like there’s no hope for a better system, a less painful and suffering-inducing world.
What is helping me a little bit is to remember that feeling blue about it isn’t going to change anything. It may be a good instigator to get me to focus on the issue, but only action will help. And I can only act in the way I want to if I’m feeling good and motivated and inspired. I do have to take care of myself and my mental well being to be able to give my best to the effort. I’m not saying I should stop being affected by the suffering that exists, but to try to also see the good so that I can feel good enough to take action. When I feel depressed, all I want to do is eat, watch TV, and check my social media over and over.
3. Talk to Those Who Care About You:
I talk to people who I know have my best interest in mind. These people generally acknowledge how I’m feeling while setting me straight. They basically remind me of what I discussed in number two.
4. Read, Watch, or Listen to Something Offering a Different Perspective:
Two books I like to return to when I feel this way are “The Four Agreements” and “Man’s Search for Meaning”. I will be making another video about these books because I think they are extremely important for every human to read at least once. They remind me that I am responsible for my life. They remind me to take care of myself so I can make the changes I want to make in the world.
5. Practice Gratitude:
This is a tricky one depending on the cause of your feelings of sadness. I think it’s important to be grateful for what you have in life but it can get a bit tricky when you’re feeling sad about the state of the world and you have so much that others don’t have.
Nonetheless, taking a few minutes to be grateful each day is a big happiness booster! Check out my video about the scientifically proven benefits of gratitude below.
I hope these 5 strategies might help you feel better one day!
I'd love to hear how you help yourself get over the blues in the comments! :)