Tough Luck

By Adith Thyagarajan

High school is a fun experience. Sometimes, though, life can get very tough. Our generation is the first ever generation to have the chance to get access to a computer, phone, and other luxurious technologies. According to multiple studies, depression is linked with increased social media usage. When we had our last assembly, we had a powerful message sent to us from our fellow students about depression.

We all go through a tough time, handling sadness and pain differently. My usual approach is ice cream, a bag of chips, sad music, and Netflix. But there are many better ways to deal with sadness and stress. The best option is to tell an adult and get your sadness out. You could meditate and try to focus into what you can do to prevent your sadness, or talk to your friends. You could try to do something you like, or sleep. There are many ways to cope with sadness and stress. The worst possible thing is to not tell anyone because then, you will be stuck in that blackhole for a while.

But, the most important thing is the comeback. Everyone loves a good comeback story. Nelson Mandela once said, “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” Yeah, you’re down right now. But I know that there is an inner lion inside you that is roaring for you to get back up. You can either ride with the lion or keep feeling sad. The first step is obviously telling a loved one. If they just listen, you will feel instantly better, and you can start Operation Comeback Kid. To start, fire yourself up, listen to some hype music, exercise, or do to stimulate you.

Just by rising up, you are showing the world that no matter what is thrown at you, you will get back up. You will fight. Then, try to do something you feel is productive or something that makes you feel great, like playing video games. Slowly, you are getting your mood up and now you are ready to go back to being your normal, amazing, and unique self.

I hope these tips help, and I want to thank you guys for taking time out of your day to read this. If you are having any issues right now, you can dial 1-800-273-8255 (Depression Helpline).