Keeping a Healthy Routine is an Integral Part of Your Fight Against Depression
Depression is messy. Sometimes you lose track of your last shower, even your last meal. Sometimes the world is spinning faster than you can handle, sometimes slower. You are trying to push yourself to get out of the hole and do something, but you don’t even know where to start. I know, because that was me some years back. But working hard and doing my best to maintain a steady routine helped me, and it can also help you in your fight against depression. Here are some basic routine points that will help you get on track and stay there.
Wake Up at A Set Time
Sometimes with depression we are so tired that we sleep throughout the day. Then night time comes and we lay awake for hours, not knowing what to do with ourselves, letting all the negative thoughts invade us at once. This step could be challenging, but try to set a specific time to wake up every morning, and make the effort to do so. The key here is to stay busy throughout the day so we get the needed rest at night, and not vice versa. How can you do this? The next point will help.
Keep a List of Tasks
I love lists because they keep me organized and I don’t have to rely on my sometimes-foggy brain to remember everything. If you want to stay busy throughout the day write a list down of all the things that you want to accomplish that day. They don’t have to be big things, it could be something like brushing your teeth, going for a quick walk, making a phone call, reading a chapter of a book, cooking yourself a meal, washing the dishes. A list will not only help you stay organized, it will also make you feel more accountable for doing the things in it. The satisfaction of achieving what you set out to do will also greatly help you with your everyday mood.
I’m not going to discuss this point in length because I am sure you have already heard a million times how exercise is good for depression. Well, that’s because it is, and if you get used to doing at least 15 minutes of exercise every day, you will start to understand why so many people advocate it for depression. The endorphins you will release will go a long way at keeping a smile in your face, and when you look in the mirror and notice how great you look, that will also brighten up your day. Exercise, make it a habit, at least 15 minutes a day.
Have Time for Yourself
I know, I know. This one may sound a little redundant, because most of the time depression isolates you from everyone else. But when I say have time for yourself, I mean have time for yourself, for the things you used to love doing, those things that depression took away from you. Now you are going to take them back. Having time for yourself means taking a quick break from depression and doing something that you have no desire to do because of the way you feel. Maybe you used to love to paint, so, paint. Maybe not for long, I know it can be strenuous… but how do you think you would feel if you accomplished to do something (no matter how long) that depression unjustly robbed you of? I guarantee you will feel like you are punching back, hard, and this will put another sly smile on your face.
Same thing as exercise, I will not dwell too much on it, you already know the benefits. Don’t go for hardcore diets, they only work for a small amount of time and then you are back where you began. Little by little, start to incorporate healthier choices into your everyday meals, and before you know it you will be craving the healthy stuff over the bad ones, and the way you will feel and look will definitely be noticeable.
Have Daily Goals
This is where your list will also come in handy. Don’t spend one day without at least accomplishing one thing, it doesn’t matter how menial it may be, we all know that with depression every task can be gargantuan. But setting small goals and accomplishing them will not only make you feel great, it will make you confident and give you proof that you can get things done, and that little by little you can get out of the hole. You already have the power inside you, you just have to know how to harness it, and setting daily goals is a good start.
If you take these basic steps seriously and make the effort to put them into practice I don’t guarantee that your depression will be immediately cured, but I do guarantee that you will be setting your sails in the right directions and pointing the ship where it needs to go, and, before you know it, the bad days that came with the storm will be behind you. I sincerely hope that is the case.