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Here are some tips on how to feel better whether you have the winter blues, you’re stressed or dealing with something more serious such as anxiety or depression.

I’m going to take you through my mental process of when I’m not feeling so hot in hopes that it can help you too!


Everything is going to be okay

Remember a few years ago you were very upset, angry or stressed along with many other feelings. You thought that’s it, I’m not going to get through this, this is going to ruin my life, it’s all over, you thought it would never be okay? Look at where you are now, it ended up being okay right? Everything happens for a reason and you must trust the process.


Look at your growth thus far

Is it just me, or does every year truly have a ton of growth. It’s something to be very proud of, better hair styles, better fashion and better picture taking. Also, being a better person inside and out. Look at who you were and where you were last year, 2 years ago, what about 5 years ago? You have grown so much and you will keep growing. Whatever is going on right now won’t matter shortly, everything blows over. Just push through it like the strong person that you know you are!


It’s okay to be down

I don’t know about you but I’m human and we do not live in a perfect world. This means that things happen and it’s okay to be down. You can’t be the happiest person everyday of your life like we wish we could be. It’s normal and okay to feel upset, angry or stressed. If you feel like your negative feelings persist for too long then you should talk to your doctor. This will make sure that your mental health is okay, it’s always good to know that you’re okay, and if you’re not, what you can do to be okay.


Healing can be tough

Getting over a bad time isn’t easy, but you’re not alone. I bet this has happened to you plenty of times and each time you have made it through. Each test you’re given you come out stronger. Finding your happiness again can be tough but that’s the beauty of it. You test yourself and figure out your strengths. Take a nap, drink some tea, breathe, think about your options and solutions and surround yourself with loved ones.


Talk it out

Like we discussed, you’re not alone! Talk to your loved ones about what’s going on and how you’re feeling. They will give you the support you need to get through this hard time. They may even be able to see things you don’t and they may be able to help you better then you thought you could help yourself. Don’t isolate yourself, get up, get on out there and socialize to feel better. Even if your socializing is sometimes snuggling up with friends, talking, binge eating and watching Netflix, like me!


Think of the positives of the future

Now let’s look deep into your future. Think about where you’re going, what you want in life and how to get there. Set goals and work towards them and imagine all that you will accomplish. Fantasizing is a beautiful thing and I always end up getting lost in it.



Lastly, just breathe! Take some deep breaths in and out. Meditate and relax yourself. Everything will be okay, it always has been and always will be. Life is a crazy roller coasting that you wish could ride smoothly sometimes but just like that you’ll be shooting down into what I call, a negative bubble. But pretend your breaths and positive thinking is like a pin that will pop that bubble!


Believe that you are on your designated path, doing life to the best of your ability and seeing where it takes you. Most things will blow over with time, and if they do not then please seek help. Sometimes we need others to help us out, and that is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s good to know there are so many resources out there for whatever you may be going through.




Gabriella Basile was CC and President of Her Campus Scranton during the 2018-2019 academic school year.
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