Shining the light into the dark...
“Nobody ever tells you that emptiness weighs the most.”
The topic of depression is one that it that has been gaining more and more attention in the media as of late, and I for one am happy to see this happen! I think that there needs to be more dilaogue around this silent epidemic and that is why I am so excited for you to read this post by guest blogger, Jenna Stahnke.
She offers some good perspective around the topic of depression and gives some practical advice on the matter.
So, enjoy the post and be encouraged and helped by what you read!
I’m sure the founders of multiple social media platforms had every intention of making it a place where you could connect with others, update your friends and family about life, and have a creative outlet. Nowadays, social media has made most of us scared to post too much or share certain things in fear of getting rejected, shamed, or even verbally put down. It has set unrealistic expectations of what you’re supposed to look like, who you should be hanging out with, and what your passions should be.
Rarely does anyone want to admit it, but social media is causing depression. I’d even go as far to say it’s caused everyone who has used it depression in some shape or form. The simplest definition of depression is: allowing self-doubt in. It is okay for you to feel depressed. But it is not ok for you to believe in what depression is telling you.
You are not good enough.
You need to lose weight.
Why can’t you just be like them?
Depression is real and you have felt it at once, maybe even a few times, maybe even daily. Remember this: The things you want are not you.
The people you follow are not you.
You are you!
Right now, in this moment + body + soul. This is fully you.
So embrace the fact that you are not like them because you are simply you.
Luckily, people are becoming more aware of this issue. More and more people are posting about positivity, being a light in the darkness, and simply DOING YOU!
If you do suffer from depression in this sense, then here are some natural tips:
"I'm sure the founders of multiple social media platforms had every intention of making it a place where you could connect with others, update your friends and family about life, and have a creative outlet. Nowadays, social media has made most of us scared to post too much or share certain things in fear of getting rejected, shamed, or even verbally put down."
1. Take Care of Yourself
By this, I mean really taking care of yourself. You should workout 3 times a week – whether that means lifting weights are walking outside. Moving your body will help release endorphins, making you naturally happier about yourself (and maybe you even lose some weight as well *silent cheer*). Choose the healthier option – instead of eating a burger + fries, try the half sandwich half salad! By slowly putting healthier foods into your body, you will have more energy and feel better about yourself.
2. Have a Routine
I can’t tell you the amount of times I procrastinate because I am stuck on social media stalking someone to no end (we all do it). This never makes me feel good about myself and it impacts how the rest of my day flows. If you have a set routine, then you will keep yourself busy and keep your depressed thoughts at bay. I recommend working into your routine social media access once or twice a day. This will help you not jump on when you get the urge and allows you to stay focused on more important things: like YOU.
"It is okay for you to feel depressed. But it is not ok for you to believe in what depression is telling you."
5. Last, But More Important: Set Goals
This seems silly because everyone always tells you to set goals. But this time I really mean it. If you are depressed, then you will never get anything done if you don’t have responsibilities to achieve a goal.
I like to set 2 goals at the beginning of the week. These goals aren’t challenging but when I complete them, I always feel good about myself. Try setting some goals like: walk around the block 3 times, do the dishes twice this week, plant two new seeds in the garden, or read 1 chapter in your favorite book every night before bed.
About the author
Jenna Stahnke is the author of The Modern Dew, a health + lifestlye blog helping millennials maintain a happy, healthy, and financially free life.
A graduate of Arizona State University, where she received a B.S in Marketing with a concentrate in digital + integrated marketing communications.
Jenna hopes to impact other millennials to live their most desired lifestyle.
When she is not writing or creating content for brands, you can find her upside down in yoga poses, grabbing a cup ‘o’ green tea with friends, or bumming it at the nearest beach.