So apparently the theme on this blog this week is depression? I’m sorry? But also, it appears to be mental health awareness week so if there was a good week to write about this stuff, it would be this week. Yesterday, I wrote some tips for depressed witches, but I also thought of some that might be useful to book bloggers. Please note these are just tips, obviously I’m not saying you must do these things; everyone deals with depression differently so it’s up to you to pick and choose what those things might be.
what to read
- If you want to escape your life…try fantasy! I think one of the main reasons I’ve gotten into fantasy more in the past couple of years was because when I read, I really didn’t want to be reminded of my real life struggles, so reading about quests and prophecies and magic really helped distract me from what was going on in my life.
- If you need a jolt of happiness…try romance! I only started reading romance this year, but it’s such a nice break from what I normally read and being able to count on an HEA is just what I need when I’m feeling down sometimes.
- If you want to feel seen…try contemporary! I read pretty much exclusively dark, gritty contemporaries throughout my teen years because I just wanted to feel seen and understood and know I wasn’t alone. If you’re feeling alone in your struggles, I would definitely recommend reading contemporary novels.
- Don’t put pressure on yourself to read if you don’t want to! I’ve noticed it’s always a toss up if reading actually helps my depression or not. Sometimes reading is a good distraction, but other times my anxiety/depression makes it hard to concentrate on anything for too long. It’s important to do what’s right for you when it comes to reading, and try not to feel bad or guilty if you feel like you can’t read for a while.
- Interact with other bloggers. If you’re the kind of person who isolates yourself when you’re depressed, you may want to try interacting with other people online, even if it’s not necessarily responding to comments on your own blog, just as a low-key way to keep yourself talking to people.
- Take a hiatus. I did this recently and it kind of helped. Don’t feel like you have to keep blogging when you’re going through a hard time. Depression can make you feel like you have too much on your plate, and if blogging is something you might want to remove from your plate for a while, don’t feel bad if you need to take a break!