It's summertime now, and with most places open for business as usual, you're more likely to see people out and about. With this, you'll be subjected to more Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook notifications to bombard and overwhelm you with all the cool quarantine outings that are occurring. With this can come a flood of emotions, including anxiety and depression. As adolescents and teenagers, it's easy to feel like you are missing out on so many things, but the fact is, you aren't. These feelings of being overwhelmed, stressed and anxious could be warning signs of depression. This article will help you further understand these feelings and how to cope with them.
Depression can be brought on by anything, especially in the booming world of social media. Social media has made it extremely easy for anyone to feel less than these days. You may think that you aren't as beautiful, handsome, or rich as someone else on social media, and it has the potential to create an ungrateful attitude toward who and what you are. Unfortunately, behavior like this can cause depression and anxiety. But you have the power to change and improve yourself.
Most of the time, it can be very easy to look at other people and think that they have more than you or are better than you. But that's not the case. We are all unique, and our journeys will all be different. It's okay to congratulate others on their accomplishments without feeling down or tearing them down. Take a break from social media to rest your mind, focus on yourself and your goals. Be patient with yourself, be realistic with your goals, and don't put a timeline on your life. You're working as hard as you can and as best as you can, so be gracious and kind to yourself.
In conclusion, sometimes we lose sight of our accomplishments or feel we aren't good enough. But comparing yourself to others around you won't make you feel better, and it's unfair to yourself. Live your life the way you intend it to and follow the path you've already chosen for yourself. You are unique; you are here for a purpose, so embrace your individuality and be the best possible YOU!
A Positive Approach to Teen Health (P.A.T.H) is a 501(c)3 organization that reaches seven counties throughout Northwest Indiana. Since 1993, A Positive Approach to Teen Health has been working to empower teens to make healthy choices regarding drugs, sex, alcohol, and violence.