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5 things I do when depression hits like a ton of bricks

5 things I do when depression hits like a ton of bricks

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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: 

Sleep in

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.

Treat yourself

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.

Journal

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.

Tell someone

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,

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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kerryn Hewson
    February 11, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Hope that fog lifts soon! And congrats on writing and posting a blog about it. That’s a super big deal when you’re feeling so weighted down with all those lying voices in your head. Hugs.

    1. Reply
      Meaghan Gallant
      February 11, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks lady, me too! It’s not the easiest thing but I’ve been finding it really helpful to be honest and open about it.

  2. Reply
    Bethany Morris
    March 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Great tips, lovely! Have learned these along the way too. Always good to be reminded of them 🙂

    1. Reply
      Meaghan Gallant
      March 11, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks Beth!! 🙂

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