How to Stop Birthday Depression in Its Tracks
A lot of people suffer with depression when it’s their birthday. There are things you can do that will help stop your depression without seeing your doctor, and the best part is most of the things you can do – is inexpensive. Following these steps might even help you year round, and not just on your birthday.
When you know your birthday is coming, avoid wearing dark clothes. Put on something bright, and fun. Colors can really change your attitude. Put on something like the color blue. The color blue is a great color because it helps calm your nerves down. Avoid wearing blue when you go out to eat, because it can suppress your appetite. You wouldn’t want to wear it at a party, but you would want to wear it before a party.
After you put on your bright colors, rearrange your house accordingly. Take away pictures that might make you depressed, replace them with bright, and lively art, such as flowers. Look at the sheets, and blankets that you use. Think about buying some inexpensive bright colored blankets, and new bright fun sheets to match. Visit your local Target store, or Wal-Mart store for ideas. Google and see what deals you might can get on sheets. Another thing you can rearrange is your kitchen. Clean it up, and put some fun stuff on the frig.
Avoid playing sad music around your birthday. Play fast, cheerful, and upbeat music. I love all kinds of music, even country but I avoid a lot of country songs because they are slow, and sad. I also avoid some of the rap songs that sound angry a lot of times. Even some religious songs that only talk about death can be depressing. Listen to songs about life, and songs that get you up on your feet dancing. If you’re having a party – avoid slow, and soft romance songs if you just broke up with someone.
Call your hair stylist, get your hair, and nails done. I’ve found out when I get my hair done, I always feel much better. There’s just something about sitting in that chair, talking, and waiting. It helps calm your nerves. If you decide to do this, don’t try someone new for your birthday. This might not help you, and could make you really nervous. Try going to the same hair stylist. If you don’t have anyone, wait until after your birthday. If you go to the same one, tell them it’s your birthday, and they might even give you a discount just for your birthday! I did that one year, and they knocked off five dollars and said “Happy Birthday!”
Sometimes spending some money to eat out can help. When going out to eat avoid dark places. Some bars, and fancy restaurants can have their lights down low. Eat somewhere else. Take a friend. Watch how much you eat, and what you eat. Having a lot of food can make you feel tired, and sluggish. Avoid seconds, and have greens. Make sure you’re taking the right vitamins.
If you like people, call up a few friends, and invite them to your house for a fun evening playing games, and watching movies. If you don’t like being around a crowd that’s fine. Rent a few happy movies, pop some popcorn, and laugh. If you can’t afford to rent, dig out some of your old favorite movies, or either watch movies online for free.
The last step is tell your friends that your birthday is coming up! If you want a party, and gifts the best way is find a friend who talks a lot (someone who gossips – face it, we all know at least one person who must gossip), and knows your other friends. Chances are she will tell someone else. People can forget that your birthday is coming up, so don’t get mad if they say “Oh, that’s right!” or ” I forgot! ” A lot of people are now so busy with personal things, and have tons of stuff going on. Just laugh, and joke with them about it. If you tell your friends be ready for any kind of possible prank. Put on your smile, and don’t take things personally. Know they are just trying to create new, and fun memories! If you don’t want a party, make sure you tell your friends that. Even still, they might surprise you, there is a risk with telling your friends
Tips & Warnings:
- Avoid being around people who complain a lot around your birthday. Moods can rub off on you. Hang around with people that make you laugh.
- Limit the amount of alcoholic beverages. Drinking a lot can make you become really depressed.