The Gay Agenda: Longwood University's Pride Club Newsletter

Self Care Saturday: Guide to Managing Depression

Greetings Pridelings!

As you all are surely aware of by now, I am the new member of The Gay Agenda team. I will be collaborating with our dear Nyan Cat Whit on our Self Care Saturdays from here on out. I’m super excited to show y’all my writing chops.

Okay, lets get serious.

This week we are talking about managing depression, something that we all can struggle with from time to time, some more than others. With the glorious FALL finally upon us, I and many others like me can take a sigh of relief as we cuddle in our coats, sweaters, and scarves. Unfortunately though, the colder weather can come with some down sides like seasonal depression, along side the endless exams and holidays. Many of us are already dreading going home to a less than ideal family.

BUT FEAR NOT! I have compiled a small guide to help you manage through the days when you are just not up for much.

  1. Dry shampoo is your friend
    • If you have hair, dry shampoo can really come in handy. Those days you just cant gather the spoons to take a shower or brush through your hair, just spray some dry shampoo, wiggle it around on your scalp, throw it up in a messy bun or ponytail, and you are good to go. It will improve your mood too because you will no longer feel gross (i know it helps me out on the daily)
  2. Make a small goals list
    1. this could be on your phone, a Post-It, or write it in dry erase marker on your bathroom mirror. Making a small goals list can help you achieve those small things like brushing your teeth, changing your underwear, and eating a granola bar for breakfast. If you don’t get to the big stuff like showering, laundry, or making your bed that’s okay. You know your limits and when you finish that small goals list, it will improve your day because you accomplished your goals for the day.
  3. Learn your triggers
    1. One of the worst things with someone with depression is when we are having a good day, but then a trigger figuratively punches us in the face. Take time and document your triggers so you know if it happens, you did everything you could to avoid it. For example, if you hear a certain song that you know will upset you, immediately change the song instead of enveloping yourself into it, feeding your depression. If you do listen to it, move on from it. Don’t beat yourself up. No one is perfect
  4. Keep snacks in your house/dorm/apartment
    1. Having a source of food in your presence will help out when you just cant get out of bed. There will be days like that. But one of the most important thing is your health. Eating something during the day even when you aren’t hungry is super important, so having snacks at arms reach will make it easier to reach that goal without going out of your comfort zone.

These are just some tips that will help during the fall and into the winter for everyone, even those who aren’t clinically depressed. Finding those little things that make the day slightly less unbearable is just as important to self care as the big stuff. Praise yourself for the little things. love yourself for the bad days and the good. And of course, if you ever need an extra ear or hand or shoulder, you have support.

With Love

Jenny

Comments on: "Self Care Saturday: Guide to Managing Depression" (1)

  1. Whitney Jones said:

    Perfect, Jenny! Very useful. I look forward to working with you this semester.
    Peace, love, and rainbows-
    Whit

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