Depression. It’s no joke, right?
But it happens to the best of us. You feel overwhelmed, lonely, and just plain blue. No money, no friends, no life, and no one seems to care? Things are just not going right.
It may be the case that you’re feeding into that cycle. We look into getting you right out of that rabbit hole.
BINGE-WATCHING TV SHOWS
Netflix and chill may seem like a good distraction, but it also might make you feel worse later. Research has shown that people can get depressed after binge-watching.
THE RIGHT WAY: Clinical psychologist Jennifer Taitz recommends rewarding productivity with your favourite show or using it as a way to wind down at the end of the day. Make it social — invite the girls over for a quiet night in with Friends!
SLEEPING ALL DAY, EVERY DAY.
Sleeping is enjoyable and important to your mental health. But it’s really easy to sleep too much when you’re not feeling so hot mentally. “You’ll notice that you’ll feel groggy if you oversleep. Just like food, having too much of it is going to make you feel sick,” says Taitz.
THE RIGHT WAY: Aside from setting and following your curfew, try hitting the sack and waking up at about the same time every day.
COMFORT FOOD COMA
Had a long day at work, and want to unwind with a burger? You do you, girl. But if you’re wrist-deep in your fourth bag of potato crisps, then maybe it’s time to revaluate.
THE RIGHT WAY: Ironically, it isn’t the food that gives you the feel-good effect, but the time you take to eat it. Sometimes an active break is actually what you need. Get up, go outside, and take a breather.
IGNORANCE IS BLISS?
Not really. According to behavioural psychologist Simon Rego, the more you distract yourself from a thought, the more you think about it.
THE RIGHT WAY: Set aside some “worry time” daily so you can put aside worries, and work through them later. When you problem solve, you won’t be as worried as you were.