I’ve noticed a lot of my followers feeling sad or depressed this week. It’s okay to feel sad or depressed! I know you’re awesome and you’ll get through everything that’s bothering you. c: I wanted to let everyone know that it is 1000% okay to send me a message if you need to talk. I might not know what to say, but I’ll listen and try my best to help or make you feel better.
I’ve been feeling kind of bummed this week too, so here are the things I make myself do to feel better. Mostly basic things that it’s easy to skip when you’re feeling crappy about life.
First, have you had eight 8oz glasses of water today? That’s like four bottles of bottled water. You will feel better if you’re hydrated.
Eating is important, too. Doritos do not count. Have some protein and good fat and carbs. Meat (unless you’re a vegan/vegetarian), fruit, and veggies!
You should shower. You can shower and then continue to sit on the couch, you don’t have to go anywhere just because you showered.
You have pets and/or plants to take care of. Other living things depend on you and that’s pretty awesome! Water your plants and play with your animals.
You can ask for help! Maybe you just need someone to listen to you vent, or maybe you feel like you should go to the doctor, or maybe there’s a project or task that’s really giving you anxiety. You can ask family or friends to support you and it’s okay because everyone needs help at some point. Don’t feel weird or embarrassed or sad that you can’t handle everything on your own! (I called my mom this morning and asked her to take off work and help me with the baby today. I feel much better tonight than I did this morning.)
You should probably try and do something that makes you happy, even if you think it won’t make you happy today. Read or watch a favorite show or paint or color or sew or plant flowers or write or play video games or go to a movie. Give something a shot, and it’s okay if you still feel sad after.
Exercise is good. If you feel up to it, exercise.
It’s important to take your medicine! Are you sick and supposed to be taking antibiotics? Do you need some Advil for a headache? Do you have anxiety or depression medicine? Birth control, even? If you’ve been prescribed medicine it’s important, so here’s a friendly reminder to go take your pills. c:
Have you gone outside today? Walk to the mailbox. If you don’t feel up to going outside, open a window and sit in the sun. Vitamin D is important.
Accomplish one thing. Maybe the one thing is moving from the bed to the couch, or paying a bill, or throwing your wet towel in the laundry. Accomplishing tasks (even boring mundane ones) can help.
That’s it. Disclaimer: I do not have real diagnosed depression, so take my suggestions with a grain of salt. These are just things that help me when I need a boot to the ass to get motivated and I’m feeling crappy about life. c: