How To Stay Productive on Depressive Days

It is something that I personally struggle with from time to time. There are days that I wake up in the morning and I don’t have the energy or the desire to do anything, when I have a lot to get done. What is worse, my depression tells me that it is just not worth to do those things, that I am wasting my time and that I should just put them off while I stay in bed and sleep. Being a generally ambitious person with a lot that I want to accomplish, you can understand how that type of thinking can be detrimental to me.

However, the reality is that for those of us that suffer from depression we will have those days where the world is not going to spin at the same speed for us. Sometimes we get so lethargic than even completing menial tasks becomes a huge endeavor, one that we end up most of the time not following through with. So I had to figure out a way to stay productive through my bad days, and it is something that I am constantly working through.

The truth is that there is no magic pill or solution to get you out of bed and doing the things you want to or have to do. We have to, first of all, recognize the days when our depression is going to get the best of us, and on those days we have to understand that we are not going to get as much as done as on the normal ones. That is the first step. I then don’t try to overwhelm myself with big tasks, I think small. I just want to get one small thing done at a time, and push myself toward the next. It usually has a domino effect; once you get something done you get a little more motivation to get the next thing done, and before you know it, you have accomplished a lot, and most importantly, you have not let depression completely defeat you. That in itself is a huge undertaking that should be celebrated.

A lot of people work on getting motivated to do things, but I believe that this is the wrong approach. It is actually very easy to get things done when you have the motivation to do it, and almost impossible when you don’t. Motivation fluctuates, and not even healthy individuals will have a constant influx of it. You and I need to work more on self-discipline, because self-discipline doesn’t rely on motivation to get shit done, and on those days that the depression is trying to keep you in bed, self-discipline will allow you get more done than you ever thought you could.

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