Feeling a Little Blue?: A Depression Checklist

24 May 2024
WRITTEN BY:pictureThanong A

Let's face it, life can throw curveballs faster than you can say "work-life balance." Between social media scrolling, endless to-do lists, and that nagging feeling you forgot to reply to your BFF birthday messages (sorry, fella!), it's no wonder we all experience a little downer now and then. But how do you know when those blues might be something more?


Hold on, before you self-diagnose with a degree from Dr. Google, here's a checklist to see if your inner sunshine needs a little recharge. (Remember, this is not a substitute for professional help. If you're seriously concerned, reach out to a therapist or doctor!)


The Social Media Spiral

  • ● You wake up, grab your phone, and instantly feel inadequate after seeing your friend's perfectly curated vacation pics.
  • ● You spend more time crafting the perfect Instagram story than actually enjoying the moment.
  • ● Comparing your life to others online leaves you feeling like a deflated pool float. (Ugh, the struggle is real.)


The Work-Life Whirlwind

  • ● Your to-do list seems to magically grow longer every day.
  • ● You dream about spreadsheets and deadlines.
  • ● You haven't had a real vacation in what feels like decades.


The Friend Frenzy FOMO

  • ● You spend more time texting than actually hanging out with friends.
  • ● You feel left out of social plans, even though you haven't had the energy to participate anyway.
  • ● You haven't said anything more than "Hi" to your neighbor in weeks.


The Mental Health Maze

  • ● You find yourself constantly exhausted, even after a good night's sleep.
  • ● Little things suddenly seem like insurmountable mountains.
  • ● You just don't seem to enjoy things you used to love.


The Netflix Abyss

  • ● You start a show "just for one episode" and suddenly it's 3 am.
  • ● Your "Continue Watching" list rivals the length of the Mississippi River.
  • ● You can quote entire seasons of your favorite shows, but struggle to remember what you ate for breakfast. (Sickening, no?)


The Foodie Frenzy

  • ● You spend more time scrolling through food delivery apps than actually cooking.
  • ● Your social media is flooded with pictures of your perfectly plated meals.
  • ● You feel guilty about that extra slice of pizza, even though it was delicious.


The Fitness Fallout

  • ● Your gym membership collects dust while you binge reruns on the couch.
  • ● You take the elevator for one floor because, well, stairs.
  • ● The idea of a workout makes you want to crawl back under the covers.


The Sleepless Struggle

  • ● You spend hours scrolling on your phone in bed, even though you know it keeps you awake.
  • ● You wake up feeling more tired than when you went to sleep.
  • ● Counting sheep has become less about sleep and more about competitive sheep herding in your dreams.


The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Hey, if you checked off a few of these boxes, don't panic! It's normal to feel down sometimes. But if these feelings are persistent and affect your daily life, it's definitely worth talking to a professional. Remember, prioritizing your mental health is not selfish; it's essential!

Here are some resources to help you navigate the world of mental health: