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We all have the “blues” at one time or another in our lives. It could be pining for that person who could be the perfect partner, or worrying about a career that’s not going anywhere! This is perfectly normal. But when the negative feelings settle down permanently in a person’s mind, he is said to be clinically depressed. Such people do not talk much, are reserved, are easily moved to emotional reactions, and can develop a tendency to harm themselves. Scary!

It is possible to control your negative feelings and nip them in the bud so that you do not turn clinically depressed. Memsaab brings you 5 ways to do that easily and quickly.

1. Do not be alone by yourself. If you are feeling low, surround yourself with friends and family who really love you. It is best to be with people your own age, who are fun to be with and can also communicate more effectively about your problems. Visit your parents. The love and pride in their eyes is enough to drive away the blues!

2. Watch a comedy film. Laughing is a great way to relieve stress and depression, whether you want to laugh or not! So pick your favorite laugh riot and go for it.

3. Go shopping. Ever heard of retail therapy? This is it. There is not a single person in the world who doesn’t feel good after shopping for nice clothes and shoes! Ladies, this is especially for you!

4. Indulge yourself at a nice restaurant. Going out with your partner to a fancy place is usually linked with happy memories. When there is good food, good ambience and good company, there is no place for depression!

5. Get a massage. If there’s a spa nearby, go and pamper yourself silly. There are not enough worries in the world to waste your life over. So go out and spend a bit of money that buys you a relaxed and enjoyable time. The effects last longer than you might think!

It doesn’t matter whether you have money to blow up or not. Simple things like going on a picnic with your family or even a hike in the woods can uplift the blues. All it requires is good company and a will to snap out of the depression. Good Luck!


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Lavanya Mehra

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