This week I feel like shit. I wake up to that all too familiar feeling clenching at my heart and pulling it down towards my feet. I don’t want to eat. I don’t want to move. I don’t want to talk. My limbs feel heavy and I’m exhausted before I’ve even done anything. Mostly, I feel numb as a rock.
Here are 5 things I try to do when depression hits me like a ton of bricks:
Depression is a weight and an energy sap. If you can, let yourself sleep in without feeling bad about it. Give yourself the time to build up stamina to get out of bed and greet the day… or procrastinate it. Whatever, both work.
On days like these give yourself that little extra something that lights you up on good days. A cupcake, wearing your favorite underwear, a new color on your nails. Hug a friend, pet a dog, take a bath. Remind yourself of the things you love in this life, even if you can only feel a little tickle of that original feeling.
You probably would rather hide under the covers and keep the thoughts inside of your head. I know I always do. But just make yourself do it. Write down every horrible thought you’re thinking. Committing it to paper gives those words less power. It’s not only therapeutic but helps you realize the weight of the words rolling around in your brain. It helps you identify what is true, what is real and what is holding you down.
Go for a walk
…for at least ten minutes. Yes, I know you hate this one. Me too! The last thing I want to do when my limbs feel like lead and my heart is pulling me down is get out of bed, let alone the house. But getting out into the world where there is fresh air and sunshine helps lift the fog, at least a little bit. And a little bit is always better than none.
It is so easy to feel so alone and like no one cares. It is so easy to get caught up in your head and believe these lies. Someone cares; reach out to them. You don’t even need to tell them the full extent, just say “hey I’m having a bad day”, let the support pour in.
And binge watching crappy television,