Talk to someone as soon as possible.
You do not have to handle this alone. Depression can be caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain- it is not the result of weakness or something that you can will simply yourself out of. You deserve support. If you are thinking of killing yourself, please contact 911 or your local authorities immediately or access the Help page of TeenCentral for a list of support hotlines.
Spend time with people who care about you.
Although it might be tempting when you aren’t feeling good, try not to isolate yourself- you need a strong support network around you when you are struggling with depression.
Get support for stress.
Feeling stressed or overwhelmed can be a trigger, so ask for help with the things that stress you out proactively when you need it!
Watch your online time.
Sometimes you can be pulled into social media. Be careful, although this can be a useful distraction, too much when you are feeling depressed may actually make you feel worse.
Exercise can be a natural mood elevator. Try going for a walk, a run or doing some yoga or breathing exercises.
Continue to take care of yourself as much as possible.
Your body requires proper nutrition and maintenance. Try to eat well, drink water and get restful sleep.
Make a list of things that comfort you and use them when you aren’t feeling good. These can range from having a cup of tea to curling up in a blanket or watching your favorite movie.
Stay away from things that can harm you.
You might have the urge to make yourself feel better by using alcohol or drugs- these may seem like a temporary quick fix, but they will make things worse.
Monitor your mood.
Keep track of how you are feeling on a daily basis, so you can see if things are getting better, worse or staying the same. Tracking your moods can also help you to see trends and potential triggers.
Check out TeenCentral’s Mood Tracker to keep up with how you are feeling!