February 8, 2021

Health and Wellness

Taking Action Helps Depression

One of the hallmarks of depression is feeling inactive. It’s so difficult to get out of bed, take a shower, eat something and do things that every day “normal people” do. But, remember there is no “normal.” Everybody operates on their emotional timeline. The trouble with depression is that it makes you feel like you can’t do these things and that you don’t measure up to others. It’s challenging to remember at the moment, but taking any action can help you work through depressive feelings. It doesn’t matter how big or small you just need to start. Here’s how you can manage your depression one tiny step at a time.

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Breaking things down

It’s crucial to recall that depression is like having the mental flu. When you’re physically ill, you can’t be expected to work at a regular pace. It’s exhausting to do anything, so try to be patient with yourself. If you get out of bed today – congratulations! You have done something remarkable. Imagine having the flu and being told you have to go to work as if nothing were happening. That would feel unbearable. It’s a physical illness, and people can see how ill you are. With depression, it’s different because nobody can see your suffering. However, you know what’s going on. You can validate yourself, so take one tiny step at a time, even if you have to break it down further. Put one foot on the floor. Then put the other foot on the floor. These physical steps are small, but they are emotionally huge.

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Reward yourself

Once you take a step in the right direction and reward yourself, it’s crucial to remember that you are doing the best that you can at this moment. You’re breaking things down into manageable steps, being patient with yourself, and continuing to keep going. No matter what happens, the most important thing is you keep living. There’s no time limit on how long something needs to take. You can set emotional goals for yourself. Don’t let anybody tell you what you should or should not be doing when you’re depressed. Most people mean well, but they don’t necessarily know what it’s like to live with depression. But they certainly do not know what it’s like to be in your head. So reward yourself for a big or small task you complete. For example, let’s say that you’re able to take a shower. That’s huge. Reward yourself by treating yourself to your favorite coffee or beverage.

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Getting outside.

You’re probably reading this and thinking “I’m depressed; how am I supposed to go outside?” Well, you read right; you need to get out there. It doesn’t have to be a huge trip outdoors. Take a small step and push yourself to walk around the block. Remember that you need to break things down into smaller increments. The first step is getting out of bed. The next step is changing out of pajamas into other clothes, and so on and so forth. Even if you were not able to put on “real clothes,” it’s okay to walk around the block in pajamas. You do the best that you can. The most important thing is that you get outside and get some fresh air. Depression thrives on inactivity and stagnancy. But you don’t need to let it win. Go out there and get some fresh air and remember that it will get better the more action you take. You might be thinking, “but these steps sound so small. When can I start feeling better and doing regular activities?” The more little steps you take, the more they will grow into bigger ones. Before you know it, you’ll be able to hang out with friends and family again and engage in life. Start small, and keep going!

Treating depression in therapy

One of the most crucial things you need when you are experiencing depression is the help of a skilled mental health professional. It’s great to have a support system, and your therapist is part of that. They’re a key member of that team who’s going to help you learn coping strategies. It’s crucial to do your research about depression. You can read about different treatments for the condition, including light therapy, by clicking here. Whether you see a therapist online or in your local area, depression is highly treatable. Try to be patient with yourself, break things down into small pieces, take it one step at a time, and remember that you were in charge of what you can handle. You don’t have to push yourself too hard. The most important thing is to keep going. Don’t give up because it does get better. Therapy can help you see that.

Biography of the Author

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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