Sometimes things can get to be more than you can handle. I know this from my own personal experience. I suffered a great loss and after a year of trying to cope with that loss on my own, I knew that it was time for me to reach out for some help. I was missing work, didn't want to do much of anything and just didn't feel like myself. I started seeing a counselor each week, and it has helped. If you are struggling to recover after a loss, this blog may be able to help you find the help you need to get past it.
If you are in college, you are likely under a great deal of stress. You might be trying to support yourself on a part time job that you're working on top of going to school full-time. You might be struggling with a difficult major but need to keep your GPA up in order to continue receiving your scholarship from the school. You might have other issues in your life causing you stress that aren't directly related to school. All of these stressors can lead to a college student developing depression. You might have to wait a few weeks before being able to get in to see a counselor at your school's mental health center. Here are some things that you can do in the meantime in order to manage your depression.
1. Use Your College's Athletic Facilities
Go online and see all of the different facilities that your college has to offer in terms of physical activity. These could be rock-climbing walls, cardio rooms, weights and weight machines, or simply a room where yoga classes are given a few times each week. Try to commit to using one of these facilities for thirty minutes per day. This will help you in two ways. The first way is that it will reassure you that your efforts and tuition dollars are not going to waste because you are doing your best to get as much use out of what you are paying for as possible. The second is that exercise helps your brain release endorphins, which help regulate your mood and make you feel happier. Simply trying to exercise whenever you can will help you feel better.
Joining an intramural sports club or some other activity, if you have time, is another extremely helpful thing that you can do because it will allow you to interact with others while getting in that exercise time.
2. Go Back to Childhood Activities
If you're feeling overwhelmed with stress, another great thing that you can do is have a few childhood activities or arts and crafts on hand. Go online and print out some adult coloring pages or purchase an adult coloring book that has patterns that are slightly more complex than those you'd find in an ordinary children's book. Purchase a cheap plastic beading kit online. Bring your LEGOs from home to school. Keep these items nearby in order to have something easy to do to relieve stress that you will find soothing.
3. Go to Class
Finally, make sure that you go to class. When you are feeling depressed, this might seem like one of the hardest things in the world to do. Promise yourself that you can go right back to bed after the class or buy yourself a fancy coffee as a reward for going to class. Do whatever you have to in order to get yourself to go. This will help keep you interacting with others and not isolating, as well as make it easier for you to stay on top of your coursework.
For more information, talk to a counselor. Read more about counseling options here.Share