Depression, as a mental disorder, can have varying effects on both the body and the mind and many of these effects can significantly limit your ability to function.
Ranging from physical sickness to high levels of fatigue and even suicidal thoughts, the possibilities are numerous.
This disorder cannot be treated like a regular sickness.
Although the symptoms are distinguishable, you cant just take your medicine and hope for the best.
The process of getting better can last for a long while as well.
A depressive episode sometime takes up to two years to really get over.
Even if we ignore the possibility of a relapse, this is still a substantial period of time.
The problem here is that the world doesn’t really care about your mental disorder.
Regardless of how real your condition is and regardless of how justified your reactions are, the sad truth is that the world doesn’t revolve around you.
Life will continue – and you are expected to keep up.
But how can you possibly do that?
Dealing with responsibilities such as work and family is not easy for depressed people.
Quite the opposite actually.
So how can you do it? How can you keep your life on track despite your disorder?
You need to stay productive
Depression sufferers have many terrible habits, many of which are directly caused by their disorder.
The thing is, depression is very much a cycle, and it gives just as much as it takes.
When depressed, you are much more likely to sink into negative thoughts.
This is not a speculation, either.
Have you ever heard of a perfectly stable person that wanted to commit suicide?
You might have, but negative and suicidal thoughts are mostly associated with depression.
By constantly being in motion you are distracting yourself from your thoughts.
Because of that, your depression is much less likely to sustain itself.
Plus, your boss won’t get angry at you, which is nice.
Here is the thing, depression makes you tired.
Not because you have done anything strenuous, but rather because it reduces the effectiveness of your rest.
To put it simply, depression alters your sleep cycle in a way that makes your sleep much less restful.
This, in turn, makes you experience greater levels of fatigue even if you haven’t actually done anything particularly difficult.
Needless to say, fatigue makes us pretty unmotivated.
The good news is that there are many ways to combat this fatigue.
Either through improving your quality of sleep or getting more sleep.
Here are a few tricks to get better rest at night.
- Try to avoid electronics and/or external lights – they confuse the brain, making it believe that it is daytime
- Avoid any stressful activities before going to bed
- Avoid substances that disrupt sleep such as nicotine, alcohol or caffeine
- Wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day. Having a consistent internal clock will let your body know when it is time to sleep, making falling asleep much easier
Aside from these methods, try to get some more sleep.
The average adult needs anywhere between 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.
Many of us choose to watch TV at the expense of our sleeping schedule – a costly mistake to make.
2) Have a routine
Ask any productivity and time management guru and they will tell you this – Having a routine is the best way to stay productive and manage your time.
As it turns out, I am not a productivity guru, but I am still fully aware of the wonders of having the right habits.
Ultimately, a routine is something that your mind gets used to over time. This makes even the most difficult and annoying tasks much more bearable.
After all, you are used to performing them daily.
Our habits are powerful, and much of that power can be harnessed by you simply through repetition.
For example, I myself needed to get a certain project done at work.
At first, I dedicated 15 minutes a day at a specific time, but by the time I was done that number increased to nearly two hours a day.
Another important thing is to never underestimate the sheer impact of building momentum.
The first week or even month of maintaining a certain routine are not going to be easier, but it will get easier from that point on.
The question is, can you put in the initial effort?
3) Take care of yourself
Individuals who suffer from a depressive disorder tend to ignore the world around them.
Not only do they push other people away, they also disregard their own health.
Depression is related to different eating disorders.
Not only that, but it also demotivates us from exercising and socializing with others.
It is no secret that many depressed people choose to stay at home when possible.
Having a bad diet and staying at home for long periods of time can affect your mental health.
Eating disorders, in particular, are noted to be related to depression and cause fatigue.
Aside from making sure that you are properly rested, try to eat full, balanced meals whenever possible.
You can also try exercising, and taking regular showers to keep yourself fresh.
A healthy mind needs a healthy body to go along with it, and energized people are usually the ones who take care of themselves.
Sometimes it might feel as though you are forcing yourself into these habits, but like I said before, after a while you get used to them.
4) Involve other people in your efforts
In some cases, having someone who is willing to listen to us is all that we need to get better.
In the case of depression this is just as true, but having other people listen to your problems won’t actually motivate you.
That being said, involving them in the first place is the right idea.
Here is what I mean.
Let’s say that you have some project at your working place that you are supposed to be working on.
Instead of trying to force yourself to do it, inform a colleague of yours of what it is that you need to do.
Heck, you might as well ask them if they can take a look at it!
By involving other people you are making it harder for you to not take action.
After all, you said you would!
Actually getting the other person to provide you with however little help is extremely beneficial.
Not because you need help or anything, but because they are with you in this particular case.
Not doing what you have promised might inconvenience, or even hurt, them – And you are not going to let this happen, are you?
5) Just take the first step
Are you familiar with this feeling when you are just wake up in the morning and can’t get up?
The truth is that life is full of moments such as these, and not all of them are really recognized by us.
“I will get this done later”
“This project is huge, how do I even get started on something like that?”
“I want to start working out, but I really don’t have time to spend so many hours exercising.”
Sounds familiar? It should.
Did you notice that your biggest problem is, for the most part, the lack of motivation to actually start the task at hand, not to keep at it?
And before you ask, this does include tasks that you are trying to return to and continue.
It is not to say that the work at hand is not difficult, but rather that building up momentum makes it much easier.
So the next time depression gets in the way of getting things done try to remember that after you actually get started the most difficult part will be behind you.
After all, the difficulty of any given task is only in the eyes of the beholder.
No matter how much depression gets in the way you can still motivate yourself just by getting started.
Overcoming depression is the way to go
All of these methods are extremely useful in their own right, but when it really comes down to it the best way to deal with this problem is to stop being depressed.
Yes, this is actually a problem, and no, I am not talking about feeling down and not being in the mood.
For those who suffer from depression, getting over this particular condition is of the utmost importance.
Even if you do not believe that it is possible, or too demotivated to actually put in the effort.
If you do want to overcome your condition, the Destroy Depression Program is the best way to go about it.
In it, you will find guides, tips, and tricks that will help you overcome your condition or start noticing improvements at the very least.
The process will take time, but remember that actually getting started is the hardest part.
If you got any further questions feel free to either write them down in the comment section below or email me about them.