For people dealing with depression, there are days when you feel that staying in bed or in the house is the only escape. The bedsheets feel like a protective shield and the house a perfect shelter.
Here are some tips that can help you get out of this depressive mood and out of bed:
- Self-care: You know yourself better than anyone and you know how to take the best care of yourself. You know what can cheer you up, and what can make your day better. Every time you feel overwrought with emotion, stand up, take a shower, or do something that will make you feel nice. Get out of the house, meet up with friends, play sports, use a spa day, or anything else that will lighten up your mood.
- Call, text or meet up with someone: Feeling lonely is one of the most common symptoms of depression. Whenever you are feeling lonely, call or text a friend, partner or loved one and spend some time with them.
- Give yourself permission: Tell yourself that it is okay to be depressed, and that it is not something you can control. Accepting your depression can help you better understand it and may help you to overcome it.
- Take notes: Every day with depression can feel or be different. Writing down how your day was, or keeping a diary of your mood throughout the day will help you see how your condition is progressing. It can also help you realize what is helping you feel better or what triggers your symptoms.
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