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Here's What To Tell Yourself If You're Feeling Depressed

Seventeen logo Seventeen 9/11/2018 Andrea Stanley
a person sitting on a bed: Clap back at that little voice in your head. © Getty Images Clap back at that little voice in your head.

When you're depressed, it can be hard to find redeeming qualities in the world (let along in yourself). Your mind might play tricks on you, but that doesn't mean you need to listen to it. If you're feeling especially low, speak these truths to yourself instead...

Your head says: “Something is wrong with me-I shouldn’t feel this way.”

But the truth is: There are no rules for how you should feel. Acknowledge that you aren’t in a good place and that’s okay. Many have experienced what you’re going through and they’re alive and happy (though it took some figuring out). Then get help: You’re worth it.

Your head says: “Things will never improve.”

But the truth is: They can, and they will, even if you think there’s no chance. Here’s how you know: Do one thing that makes you feel better-even if it’s just a tiny bit. Text a friend, play with a pet, or try the mood boosters in this story. Prove to yourself that your mood can be changed. If it doesn’t, try again tomorrow. Slowly, you’ll see you can shift your emotions for the better.

Your head says: “People would be better off without me.”

But the truth is: “This is your mind trying to make taking your life seem easy. It’s not. It’s permanent, and the effects will be long-lasting. There is no other you, and your absence will leave a hole in the lives of your friends and family that will never go away.

If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, text the Crisis Text Line (741741) or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255). Both are free, confidential, and available all the time.

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