So for like a whole day a week ago, I went through this deep, probably PMS-induced, semi-depression where I just felt like crap. Pure and complete crap. Didn’t really want to talk to or be around people but did anyway because I knew I’d just get even more depressed if I didn’t. Then when I was around people I still felt like a sorry piece of social retardation. Like this was a pretty bad state for the great Briizy Bri to be in. Do not fret though because by the time I woke up the next morning I felt like my old happy, jolly, ninja shirt-wearing self again. But this little episode got me to thinking. How can I keep my spirits high when I feel like locking myself in my room and listening to Damien Rice all day?[If you don’t know who Damien Rice is click here and witness his depressing yet musically beautiful glory]
The weird thing about my little temporary state of down-ness is that it was out the blue. I just woke up not really feeling all that inspired about the day. I’m sure you know the feeling. You wake up and the sunshine just doesn’t seem to be all that bright. If you’ve never experienced that, well banners and confetti for you because you are clearly a robot or a ninja [we all know ninjas don’t get depressed because they are too busy fighting crime and being stealthy]. Another form of down-ness is when everything is going all fine and dandy. I mean the birds are chirping, the sun is beaming down upon your encouraged soul, you’re smiling, you’re laughing, you’re even throwing quarters into hobo’s begging hats and whistling you’re way down the street then you get to your first class and get a test grade back and you get a 70. Which would be awesome if you didn’t think you made an 105 back when you took it. Of course, after that let down everything else for the rest of the day seems to go horribly wrong and all you can do when you finally get back to your room is fall out on your bed and scream into your pillow.
So I compiled a nice list of things you can do to keep yourself peppy and uplifted when you feel like sitting on a street corner and singing nothing but the choruses of “Nobody knows the Trouble I’ve seen” and “A Change Is Gonna Come” while people pass by and frown upon your poor darkness-laden soul. Here’s just a few things I think would probably make your horrid day less sucky.
Talking to Jesus/ Reading the Bible
The Bible pretty much has a passage for just about every aspect or problem in your life. That’s probably because it covers over a 1000 years of Jewish history. Having a problem with Tax Collectors and the wicked rich? Well there’s a passage for that! Baby Mama/Daddy drama? There’s definitely a passage for that. [Trust me it’s somewhere under forgiveness and letting things go] Lacking patience? There’s most definitely a passage for that. Honestly, just start with Proverbs and go from there. There’s basically a wise word of awesomeness for everything in Proverbs. If you like drama, well the old testament is definitely for you. Check out Lot and his daughters and see what I mean.
As awesome as the Bible is, praying and talking to God is your best option. Hands down. It’s good to get stuff off your chest with out the worry of someone judging you. Promise, it’ll make you feel better.
Listening to music
Nothing gets me up and at ’em like dancing and the best music to dance to is of course jamming music. Personally, I do love a bit of Gnarls Barkley or Janelle Monae to get me dancing. Another jam-worthy group is Earth, Wind &Fire. Pop in ‘Let’s Groove’ or ‘Boogie Wonderland’ and I promise you will be up and dancing. If dancing like you have lost your mind isn’t your cup of tea, try some gospel music. Pop in a Tye Tribbett track and you’re on a one-way train to grooving strong.
Told you they were grooving.
Another genre of music that may make you feel better is rap. I know this may seem like the least likely genre to get you in a good mood but surprisingly, rap music can be extremely relate able. I know when I was upset I used to listen to some hard hitting lyrics by either Busta or Mos Def and I’d feel a little bit better but without all the extreme cussing and whatnot. Ya dig?
Sometimes the best way to make yourself feel better is to act like you’re feeling better. The best way to do that is a good
laugh and the quickest way to a good laugh is a good spaz session. I mean just act like you have lost your ever-loving mind. Run around like a crazy person. Dance in public like you are the last soul train dancer alive. Sing your favorite songs to the top of your lungs. Hell, you could even hold your own break dancing competition in the student union and the contestants can be you and yourself. I mean you already feel like someone ripped your soul out and burned it over hot coals so what do you got to lose?
SN: if you have a particular reputation to keep up as not being completely or partially insane then maybe you might wanna disregard this step but if you’re like me and people already look at you weird because you wear shirts that say ‘Go Jesus, It’s your Birthday’ and you’ve been known to dance in public for no apparent reason[also like me] and people already debate your whole sanity then you should go right ahead and embrace your inner social outcast. When they’re either clapping for you because of your bold expression of individuality or throwing tomatoes at you because the sound of your public singing makes small children and senior citizens lament over the day they gained their hearing I’m sure you’ll totally have forgotten about why you were sad in the first place.
Hanging out with your Friends/Using Best Friend Telepathy
My friends are my rocks for the most part and whenever I feel down I try to surround myself with as many people who have my best interest at heart at possible because I know not that much good can come out of me sulking in my room by myself. 10 out of 10 times those people are either my close friends or my family. I’m pretty sure me and my best friends have some kind of telepathy that lets us know when the other is down because I can’t count the amount of times that I’ve felt kind of crappy and one of my best friends sent me a text or called asking me to hang out. Hanging out with my peeps and laughing and doing things other than sulking always makes me feel better.
Watching any movie or show where the fate of the characters are worse than yours
This may sound horrible but it’s true if you watch something where the life of the characters sucks so bad that it makes your little mild depression seem like fun time at the carnival you’re guaranteed to feel better. I’d highly recommend a Tyler Perry film or play because the life of all those people usually blow so bad it’ll make a clown weep…..WAIT, i just though about it… do NOT watch a Tyler Perry movie because they can go one of two ways: 1. It could make you feel better by comparison because the 70 on your test is nothing when put it up against being dragged out of your house by your soon-to-be ex husband OR 2. You could become way more depressed by the horrible lives of some of these people. I mean did you watch ‘For Colored Girls’? That was the most soul-raping, depressing, ‘let me weep into my bucket of popcorn’ movie I have ever watched. Only to be rivaled by Roots and slave movies.
BUT some other comedy like Coming to America or The Hangover should put you in high spirits. Seriously, I don’t know of any one who can watch The Hangover without shedding at least one tear…..of hilarity.
Well that’s all I got folks. Hope these tips brighten your day and make you all happy and warm on the inside. Also, I’d love to hear any tips you may have for making your day brighter when you feel like you’re in the middle of hurricane [aka Ways to Not Throw Yourself in Front of a Bus Because You Feel like Crap, When the Rainbow is Not Enough]
That is all,
“And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation”-Psalm 35:9