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Depression and Self-care: How America’s Got Talent Is Getting Me Through My Winter Blues

I’m currently watching Season 14 of America’s Got Talent (AGT). I don’t know when the season actually started. Or even if it’s over. I have a hard time watching things when they’re on. I need to watch them when I’m in the mood to.

I live in the Midwest. Where the weather isn’t ideal some of the time. And if we have a cold, snowy, gray winter, like we do this year, it can feel like a lot of the time. I knew I needed something that would uplift me. Lighten my mood. So I turned to AGT.

I’m typically not a variety show type of person. But on AGT, acts come from all over the world. You hear of their struggles. Their triumphs. Their way of life. You get to see their gifts. Their beauty. Their souls. They are talented. Fascinating. And uplifting. 

Seeing them perform warms my heart. And gives me hope. To see their courage. The looks on their faces when the audience applauds. When they get a standing ovation. And best of all, when they get the Golden Buzzer. 

Each time I watch the show, it makes me laugh. It makes me cry. It inspires me. It leaves me in awe. And best of all, it creates a safe way for my emotions to surface. Rather than the unsafe ways I know too well. 

As we all know, emotions sometimes stay dormant within us. Waiting for a dreary day to surface. They might come seemingly out of nowhere. Taking us by surprise. And leaving us feeling depressed. 

During the winter especially, it’s important to find healthy ways to channel your emotions. I meditate, practice yoga, journal, exercise and take baths. But I also make sure I laugh. Smile. Have fresh flowers in the house. And do things that make me feel good inside. Like watching AGT.

AGT brings light to my dark winter days. For which I am grateful. So if you’re feeling those winter blues, find something to brighten your day. Remember that part of self-care is about doing things to make yourself feel good. No matter how small they may seem.

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Depression and Self-care: How America’s Got Talent Is Getting Me Through My Winter Blues


Jenna Grace

Jenna Grace is a writer and educator with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder (SAD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) diagnoses. She writes and speaks about topics including healing from trauma, coping with neurological disorder and practicing mindfulness in order to help others and to explore new meaning. Visit her website for more of her stories.


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Grace, J. (2020). Depression and Self-care: How America’s Got Talent Is Getting Me Through My Winter Blues. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 4, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/neurodivergent/2020/02/depression-and-self-care-how-americas-got-talent-is-getting-me-through-my-winter-blues/

 

Last updated: 7 Feb 2020
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