21 Healthy Ways to Deal with Depression in College
Ah, depression. We all go through ruts, but some are more severe then others. Although the easiest way to deal with depression and anxiety is often unhealthy (binge-eating? Penny Pitchers?) Use these 21 tips to deal with whatever comes your way, in a healthy fashion.
21. Go for a walk somewhere new.
Getting fresh air and a new experience? Take that tears!
20. Call the family member who loves you most.
Don’t jump down my throat, we all have that family member that thinks we are somethin’ else. Cherish that person.
19. Set a goal.
Baby steps, ya’ll. Something like getting out of bed 5 days this week or call 3 friends or run 10 miles. Whatever would make you feel good about yourself.
18. Read a book you love.
Especially if you’ve only read it once. Depression can cause attention issues, so choosing a book you’ve already read is less stressful and you ALWAYs find a line or two you missed before.
17. Plan a trip.
Even if it’s the dream trip you’ll be taking once you make your first million. Pinterest is GrEAt for day dreaming and trip planning.
16. Get some sun.
There’s no way around it. Through some SPF on and get dat D ….. Vitamin D.
15. Explore your home-town.
Oye my apologies if you live in a place population < 1,000. But realistically there is always more to see!
14. Bawl your eyes out.
This is a slippery slope. Try allowing yourself a certain amount of time such as a long shower and then when you’re finished, have something to do once you’re done. DIY project, netflix, etc.
13. WRITe WRITE WRItE.
So you know how back in the day doctors would let patients bleed to “let the bad blood out”? Writing is how you get your bad blood out. Promise.
12. Look at pictures from a fun time.
Spring break? I’m referring the the ones that (rightfully) never made it to social media. That’s where the true happiness is.
11. Have a good cup of tea (or coffee!)
Some people will tell you coffee is bad for you. You don’t need those people in your life! Don’t forget to breathe in the steam mm.
10. Find a free yoga class.
Most cities have them. They are often under “community yoga”, so a donation is appreciated. (Don’t be a dick)
9. Read someone like you.
“The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath is probably the original, honest look into an emotionally unstable person. The book was an autobiography but she published it as a novel. Another one is Charles Bukowski- my favorite line from him is “sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning, and you think, “I’m not going to make it” but then you laugh, thinking of all the times you felt this way.”
8. Paint your nails.
Not just to keep yourself busy! A key to managing depression (and anxiety) is to do the things you DO have control over- painting your nails, keeping your space clean, etc.
7. Just say yes.
One of the most difficult aspects of depression is getting yourself out of the house. When a friend asks you to go to Walgreens or to the yoga class she raves about, just go. You can always go home if you aren’t enjoying yoursel
6. Get some giggles.
Netflix deserves an award. Not quite sure what that would be, but they definitely deserve one! Some shows I like are VP,
5. Visit the rec center.
~PROMISE ME~ you will utilize your universities rec center. Even if you have no plan of action, just getting dressed and in the gym is a big step.
4. Treat yo-self!
I’m aware college can be a time for pinching of pennies, but I assure you, there is ALWAYS a trick. Schools like Aveda usually offers a discount when you use a student. And *ALWAYS* whip out your student ID, discounts are a real thing people.
3. Get a junior-psychologist.
My term for that one friend that is just like *so* understanding and non-judgmental. We all have that person. And if you don’t, I can (try to) be that person for you.
2. Assess yourself.
Figuring out whether you have a case of the blues or clinical depression is pretty damn important. The blues come and go in a fleeting mood whereas depression is a constant cloud of misery. If it’s just a case of the blues, check out what could be your stressor. Studying a major you REALLY don’t want to study? Toxic friend? Blowing all your cash on penny pitchers? Still stressful as hell buht, different tactics are necessary milady.
And if all else fails…
1. Hug the dog!
If you don’t have one, spend time with a friend that has one. Or even better, volunteer! The doggies get love and you get happy too. Win-win.
And always remember the storm shall pass. Dance in the rain?