Hi! So I've been commenting on a whole ton of people's posts, and I've decided to compile all the tips I've given for those who need them. Comment your situation or feelings below, and I'll talk to you!
tips for coping with depression :)
reading books right before bed: i know you'll really not want to and you might get bored but it has improved my sleep which then improves my mental health. if you need happy book suggestions let me know!
writing in a diary every time you get those nasty thoughts: i do this and it really does let out my anger and sadness. just every time you get these feelings (im a coward, im so sad, my mood is ruined, this karen at work is being mean) write it down.
try to replace bad thoughts with good ones. every time you get a mean or deprecating thought, say something good too. for example, if you get a thought telling yourself you're worthless, say "i'm good at ___, though" or "i have ___ going for me at least"
stay away from your phone: it sucks, and it's painful, but apps like tiktok, twitter, instagram, and snapchat can be hella addicting and eventually damaging. you can do anything to replace that screen time - read, write, draw, cook, take a walk, etc.
listen to happy music during an episode. if you listen to sad shit while you're already sad it's gonna make things worse. bands like Of Monsters and Men, Aurora, WILD, Dayglow etc. have saved my life. because every time ill be sobbing and ready to turn on the neighbourhood or something, ill listen to these instead.
meditate! there are a ton of free apps that have meditation features. they help clear your head and release natural chemicals like serotonin. they also serve as a nice distraction. try the app Calm, it works wonders!
alternatives to self-harm
tear apart newspapers, magazines, photos, etc.
rub ice cubes on parts of your body
write negative thoughts on a piece of paper and tear it up, then write down nice things about yourself and keep that paper
chew gum and focus on that
go for a walk. exercise, or dance
make a wishlist of clothes, movies, or books
squeeze and hug your pillow, or scream into it
reorganize your room
plan a dream vacation and include pictures
count to 100
call a crisis line (let me know if you need help figuring out which one to call)
take a cold shower with the lights off
mental health related crisis lines!
Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-827-7571
Deaf Hotline 1-800-799-4TTY
Holy Spirit Teenline (717) 763-2345 or 1-800-722-5385
Crisis Intervention (Harrisburg) (717) 232-7511 or 1- 888- 596-4447
Carlisle Helpline (717) 249-6226
Crisis Intervention (York) (717) 851-5320 or 1-800-673-2496
happy songs to get you out of a bad mood
WILD - It only gets better, Here we go
Of Monsters and Men - Mountain sound
Dayglow - Can I call you tonight?, Hot rod
Chloe x Halle - Do it, Forgive me
Coin - Youuu
Saint Motel - Sweet talk
Sundara Karma - Indigo puff
Aurora - Daydreamer
The F16s - WKND frnds
If you're reading this, know that you're loved. It may not feel like it, and it may feel like you're at rock bottom right now, but it won't always be like this. I love you!