Finding a creative outlet
As a teenager with depression it is all too easy to turn to harmful things to distract your pain or even numb it. But this rebellious behaviour can end up making you feel more depressed, more alone or more hurt over time. Instead of doing damaging things to vent hurt and anger try something positive to help ease your emotions, find your creative outlet. Don’t worry, i hear you moaning, but I’m not creative? I cant even draw a stick man. But creativity is more than pom poms, crazy glue and coloured card. In this post I will list 5 creative outlets that helped me and my depression. So grab your paintbrushes, lack of enthusiasm , and hear me out! Lets go…
1.Drawing and Painting.
Lets get the most common one out of the way first shall we. Now you don’t have to be the next Picasso, and you don’t even have to show anybody your work. But the whole process of expressing yourself is very good for healing. For myself, I always loved scribbling and painting as a child, and so when I took art at College, it sucked the enjoyment out of it for me, as it turned into a chore instead of a hobby. Once leaving college I tried to pick up painting again and let me tell you, the sense of achievement of creating something from scratch, using bad feelings to make something beautiful. That feeling lasts longer than the thrill you get from antisocial coping techniques. Believe me.
Not everyone has writing come naturally to them, but if you really try to write down your thoughts and feelings when you are depressed, it does three things. It helps you release those emotions instead of holding them in. It helps friends and family see things from your point of view (if you want them to read it). And it also gives you something to look back on when you have better days, to prove to yourself that even though in that moment you felt awful, it doesn’t last forever and can show how much you have progressed. I personally find this method very relaxing and gives me the time to reflect.
Now , I can’t play any instrument and my singing resembles something like that screech when you accidentally step on a dogs tail. But listening to music is something I can definitely join in with. If playing and singing music helps you to cope with depression or even use it to inspire your music, you have a gift I could only dream of so please, sing until your neighbours complain. Personally, I’m a big believer in “I’m sad so I’m going to listen to sad music” sort of person, listening to really happy music ends up making me frustrated but the sadder songs help me acknowledge my feelings and ride them out. But please, I suggest you do try both genres.
Not one for absolutely everyone but if I’m having a really bad day and i stay in my bed and my pyjamas and don’t make any effort to get up it makes me feel SO much worse. So my advice is, if you can, always get up and clean yourself and get dressed. This can make you feel more productive and my mindset is that id rather be a bit miserable but smell like foamy banana shower gel, than be sad and stinky. Makeup also, can make me feel more confident, and the better I feel on the outside the happier i feel on the inside. If your not a makeup wearer maybe put on your favourite outfit, or try something different with your style? your hair even. We want you to look in the mirror like damn, baby girl…who is you!
When I kept a diary I ended up writing down more bad days than god, so to prevent this happening possibly start a scrapbook or a “happy book”. You don’t have to do it everyday but collecting napkins from a birthday meal out, or train tickets from a fun day out you had. It really is going to be filled with positivity and when your having a bad day you can look back at all the great times you had and I promise you is is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Good luck my little Monet’s!