Read This If You’re Depressed

If you’re depressed or are in the midst of a depressive episode, even getting out of bed can be hard, forget carrying out day-to-day tasks. But there are still some things you can do to take charge and not let your mental illness control you.

he said As most of you may already know, I have bipolar disorder. What that means is I have depressive episodes every few weeks or months, and hypomanic episodes once or twice a year. I guess you could say I’m lucky in the sense that my hypomania has always been very manageable, but on the other hand, when my depression rears its ugly head, I’m lucky enough if I can even get out of bed and take a shower.

I’m sure many of my fellow mental illness warriors can relate. It isn’t easy for a person with depression to keep going as though everything is A-okay. Even though taking breaks is important, on some days, you just can’t afford to let go of everything and sleep for hours. What do you do on those days when your depression hits? You use the “just one thing” technique. I don’t know if this is a legit therapy technique, but I think I saw this on an episode of How I Met Your Mother. What you do here is, you take it one step at a time. Visit Website “I just need to do one thing,” you tell yourself. “Get out of bed. That’s it.” And then you take three deep breaths, ease yourself out of bed, and take another three deep breaths. And then you say. “I just need to do one thing. Brush my teeth. That’s it.” And so on. Instead of overwhelming yourself by thinking about every single thing you need to do, start thinking of it as one thing at a time. And hey, don’t beat yourself up if you need to take breaks in-between or go crawling back into bed again. It’s okay.

You do the easy, fun things first. They say you should tackle the most important or difficult thing on your schedule first, because your mind works better early on in the day, but let’s face it: your mind doesn’t really work when you’re depressed, except to feed you negative thoughts and make you anxious. Instead, work on whatever you like and whatever you’re good at first. I’ve been in an on-and-off depressive episode for the past few weeks, and I find that starting with the easy parts of work (social media or beta reading) as compared to the tougher bits (editing or writing) help me get into the right mood, feel accomplished as I finish tasks, and get prepped to later work on the bigger projects.

You reward yourself, constantly. I just wrote 500 words? Yay! I get to take a nap as soon as I get home. I successfully beta-read 50 pages? Yay! I get a refill on my Starbucks hot chocolate. I just edited a very difficult chapter? Yay! I get to take a break and call my friends. I didn’t get anything done today? It’s okay! I can do all those things anyway. The point here is, whether you accomplish tasks or not, you need to keep yourself happy and healthy. Drink water. Eat food – and good food, at that. Spend time with your friends. It helps, I promise.

These three tips can really help you fight back when your depressive episode hits. But whether you manage to use these tips or not, remind yourself that you’re a tough one. You’re a fighter. You can and you will get through this. All you need to do is believe.

2 thoughts on “Read This If You’re Depressed”

  1. This is really something . I have bipolar disorder as well and my low days have been at their worst the past couple of weeks…i do hope these 3 simple tips help me in some way . Thankyou 🙂

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