Got the blues? Pamper yourself

November 28, 1998|By KATY HUFFER

Every once in a while, you're bound to have a bad day. Nothing seems like it ever goes your way, and you end up totally bummed out. I'm having one of those days right now.

I figure that eventually the sun will go down, I'll fall asleep, and then I'll wake up tomorrow to a completely different day. Luckily for me, I don't stay bummed out too long.

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However, when I am battling the blues, the first thing I do is call my best friend. She always finds some way to make me laugh. Talking to her is the best medicine when I'm feeling down.

She'll usually drag me to the mall or to a movie, which always cheers me up.

If you ask me, shopping is a successful way to drown sorrows. Of course, if I spend too much money, then it bums me out all over again.


If I can scrape up the cash, I'll splurge on something nice for myself. Pampering myself always makes me feel better. It lifts my spirits and helps keep my mind off my horrible day.

If you're short on dough, I wouldn't suggest shopping as a solution. It only depresses you more when you see something you really like and can't buy it. Believe me, I know.

If my best bud isn't home, I find a way to cheer myself up. Sometimes writing about it helps, but that isn't always enough. I found the best way to beat the blues is to work up a sweat.

I know when you're feeling down, you just want to crawl under the covers and not come out until the dejection disappears. Physical exercise actually helps you feel better in the long run. If you force yourself to work out, you'll be amazed at how quickly you begin feeling better.

No matter how bad my day or week seems, I try to keep things in perspective. I'm always telling myself that things eventually will get better. It's normal to feel bummed out once in a while, especially after a wretched day.

If things don't seem to be getting any better for you, make sure you stay aware of the situation. Many times, a major depression can evolve from a simple case of the blues. We all feel down in the dumps once in while, but if it begins to take control of your life, it has crossed the line.

A close friend went through a major depression that all started because her boyfriend broke up with her. It was normal to be upset, so I wasn't really concerned at first. When she began missing school, disappearing from her social circle and obviously wasn't getting enough sleep, I realized there was a problem.

Luckily, she was willing to talk to someone, so her life could return to normal.

After seeing a friend go through that, I've learned a lot about it. Having a day or even a few days that you're just totally feeling down is normal. Being bummed out isn't fun, but is part of life that we have to learn to accept.

Katy Huffer is a sophomore at Hagerstown Community College. E-mail her

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