Your existence seems pointless, everything you do comes to naught and your parents don’t understand you. These are the most common emotions that a teenager going through depression has. But you’re not alone and there are millions who feel the same way. Understanding that this is a phase that even your parents probably went through and learning how to come out of it is the key to battling depression.

Work out
It may seem clichéd but exercise really does help to provide a positive outlook. The exertion produces endorphins that are known for their mood-enhancing qualities. When you wake up in the morning, put on your running shoes and get out of the house. Sprint, jog or jump rope. You can also join an aerobics class if you need to be around people.

Eat healthy
Fresh and natural foods like fruits and veggies not only keep your body healthy but they keep your mind alert as well. If you’re dying for something sweet to eat, skip the chocolate-covered doughnuts and grab an apple instead. Drink plenty of water and freshly squeezed juice as well.

Let your emotions out
Don’t bottle feelings of sadness or helplessness. Find an outlet such as sports, art, dancing or music. Channeling negative feelings into a positive outlet will leave you feeling better and will lighten the burden you bear.