Retreat to music.
Retreat to loved ones even if they’re not there physically.
Focus the majority of your energy on someone else’s mental health issues
instead of your own.
Lie to yourself about not being depressed,
and then tell yourself the truth upon realizing that you just don’t want to
experience it again.
Remind yourself that you’re broken and not broken
at the same time.
Write it down because you can’t scream it.
Your thoughts are all trapped inside your body,
so at least get it out on your phone screen,
Listen to Third Eye Blind…and be disgusted
at how cheesy and cliché you are about
Remind yourself that these thoughts are not
as bad as the ones from the first time around.
Be thankful that you listed your struggles with anxiety and depression
on your application for the last
biblical missionary training you went to.
Remind yourself of how much it hurt when loved ones attempted and/or
Remind yourself of how when your best friend attempted,
You reminded them of how you’re all out of poems for death.
Remind yourself how you reminded them
that you will not write a poem for them.
Therefore, you friends will not
write poems for you.
Don’t tell your mother about your
because she can’t go through that a second time.
Sure, she may do better than the first time
if you tell her,
but your point still stands.
Listen to Christian music…
but not too much.
Because you refuse to be a cliché
Write your prayers because you’re more honest with God
when you’re writing.
Use Twitter for random rants
because it’s the oddest form of venting,
and sometimes validation.
Pray for friends who don’t respond to your messages
of checking in;
especially when they’ve told you that
your persistence mattered to them.
Thank God for the one friend who did finally respond.
Remind yourself not to be a hypocrite,
because your friends are going through a similar journey as you;
up and down
in mental health,
whether circumstantial or not.
Tell yourself that you’re not alone,
and it’s normal to feel how you feel.