We all have those days.
Most of us love this time of year. There is a crispness in the air, a changing of the colors, warm scarves and jackets to wear, and a plethora of pumpkin delicacies to choose from. However, despite all of this excitement, many of us fall into moods of depression. It may be because of the lack of sunshine, the ever-growing homework, or the constant exhaustion. We know there is no reason for us to be sad, and yet we still are. Sometimes, it feels like a never ending cycle we can’t seem to break out of. We feel like the days just drag by without any relief. Here are some tips that can help you fight the blues this semester.
Pick a verse that reminds you of the promises the Lord has given you. Memorize it and repeat it to yourself whenever you are feeling blue. God gave us His word so we could access it and use it in times of trial. The more you hear it in your heart, the more you will believe it.
This may seem silly, but a lot of times we feel good about our inside when we feel good about our outside. Wear some bright colors, do you hair or your makeup; feeling put together tends to make us happy. Plus, when the weather is so gray all the time, adding a pop of color will help lift your spirits.
A lot of times when we get into these moods, all we want to do is isolate ourselves and dwell on how we feel. But this is exactly what we don’t need. You need fellowship to remind you that you are not alone. Find some people who love you and just be encouraged by other people’s presence.
Shake it up
Sometimes we get into a routine, and life starts to become monotonous. We feel bored and sad, and everything starts to seem pointless. Change something up in your daily life. Try a new workout, start journaling, sketch, cook a masterpiece. It doesn’t have to be something you’re great at, it just should make you happy.
It may not seem like it right now, but this pain and sadness will pass. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually you will feel better. Especially because you are a great person, you are loved, and you have a lot of wonderful things in store for you.
A lot of us struggle with the winter blues, and it’s ok. The best thing you can do for yourself is recognize when you feel a bit blue and take action. I will leave you with this verse that has brought me encouragement during gray days.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11 (NIV)
Madison is a Contributor to the Daily Runner