How to Cope with Post #DECAICDC Depression

Photo courtesy of @samantha_sato on Instagram.

Did the plane ride home from Anaheim have you feeling down?

Have you been scrolling through your gallery at random moments, looking at #DECAICDC pictures?

Are there pins you’d still like to trade?

If you answered yes to anyone of these questions, you may be suffering from a condition known as Post-ICDC Depression.

Post ICDC depression strikes thousands each year, leaving many DECA members not sure what to do. The following is a guide to help you overcome the strong desire to fly back to Anaheim.

1. Wear Your Conference Tee’s

Show off your DECA pride with all of those shirts you got! Whether they’re association, chapter, or the official conference t-shirt, wearing the DECA diamond will help you feel better after having to come back from SoCal.

2. Stay in Touch with Friends

One benefit of DECA is the ability to network with individuals from across the globe. You can share memorable experiences from ICDC and cope with the emotions together.

3. Blow up Your Social Media

What better way to cope than to share your experiences with others? Be sure to post your awesome photos using the hashtag #DECAICDC and watch your timeline fill up with amazing DECA posts.

4. Read DECA Direct Articles

Want to relive a specific event from ICDC? Read some of the articles written by the An@heimLive Social Media Team! There’s articles about almost anything ICDC, whether it be event fashion or the Echosmith concert, it’s all covered on the DECA Direct website.

5. Prepare for Next Year!

Didn’t make it on stage like you wanted to? Get a head start and begin preparing for next year’s competitive events! Have your presentation or role play skills refined before the thought of districts even comes across your mind.

Feeling better yet? If not, you may want to consult an advisor for further support.

This article was written by Ben Barber Career Tech Academy DECA member, Zachary Mann. You can follow Zachary on Twitter @deca_zachmann.

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