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Overall, I’ve really been coming out of my deep depression. It’s been a fierce battle that I still fight daily. Even though I’m winning, there are still some days where I just cannot seem to find the energy to fight that battle, and yesterday was one of those days.
If you suffer from depression, then I know you understand. It can really seem like everything is starting to look up and you’re feeling fine, and then suddenly, it’s like you’re back to square one. You wake up and just can’t even seem to find the motivation to get out of bed, let alone get dressed, leave the house, or accomplish anything important.
My days at home are always my favorite, most productive days. Those are the days where I feel safe, comfortable, and I get to do the things I love most; work on my blog and my writing! It’s one of my happy places! I laid in bed writing my to-do list yesterday morning with every intention of getting a ton accomplished, but after a little while, nothing on my list sounded appealing, and I’d lost all motivation to work towards anything at all. Unfortunately, I know this feeling all too well, but on the plus side, that also means I know how to fight it, as I have so many times before.
I thought it would be beneficial to share my tips and tricks for beating depression on the days when it just hits too hard for you to handle.
Own up to it
Just face it. Don’t try to convince yourself that you’re fine, you’re just tired, or you’re a lazy person. Just say it, “I have depression.” Be honest with yourself, because you can’t fight the enemy if you refuse to recognize it for what it is.
Get out of bed
Getting out of bed can feel as exhausting as running a marathon on these days, but it is absolutely necessary. If you’re serious about fighting this battle, GET UP!
Take care of your basic hygiene
Basic hygiene is not something that you can allow to slide through the cracks just because of your mental state. These things may seem pointless, but take a hot shower, brush your teeth and put on anything other than pajamas. Even yoga pants are okay. Just get out of your pajamas and clean your self.
Doing your hair and makeup is really not necessary. As long as you cover the basics, you’re on the right track!
Complete simple tasks
Make your bed, put your laundry away, or wash the dishes you’ve been avoiding. Just do basic, simple things that need to be done around the house. Even those little accomplishments can make you feel a bit more at ease.
Leave the house
You don’t have to go run errands for three hours or do anything crazy but just go outside. Even if you go walk around the block or grab a few things from Wal-Mart, that’s okay. Just get out into the world for a little bit. Changing up your environment is a really useful pick-me-up.
Write about it
Journaling has been proven to increase your mood and lower anxiety. Spilling all of your feelings (like a brain dump) can do wonders. But, if you struggle to keep up with journaling, give the Mental Health Journal Guide for Depression a try! There’s also one for Anxiety!
Use your lifelines
When you’re feeling down, call a friend or your mom, or talk to your therapist. You can even message ME! Just find someone that you can be honest with about how you’re feeling, even if you’re not sure why you’re feeling that way. Knowing that you still have support surrounding you can really make a difference.
Go easy on yourself
When all else fails, give yourself permission to TEMPORARILY check out for the day. If nothing seems to be working and you just can’t shake the darkness, curl up on the couch with some ice cream and your favorite TV show, or go take a nap. It’s okay to need this time once in a while. Everyone does. Just make sure you don’t stay there. Give yourself that mental break, and then get back to trying another method.
Remember, this feeling is always temporary.
What are your tips for fighting bouts of depression?