When you are hit by a bout of depression, it can feel like nothing matters, and even the simplest things like getting up in the morning, showering, and having something to eat can feel impossible.
The good news is, there are lots of little, practical, things you can do to make your life easier when depression rears its ugly head in your life. Including the following:
Create a happy box
A happy box is something you create when you are well to help you out when you are not feeling so great. Take a box and fill it with anything that boosts your mood or helps distract you when you are feeling down. This could include everything from coloring books, and jigsaw puzzles to skin care products, chocolate, and herbal tea bags. Take it out and dive in whenever depression is making life hard.
Get your meds delivered
If depression leaves you feeling unable to get motivated and get out of the house, don’t go without the things you need, especially not your medications, and sign up for a prescription delivery service instead. That way, you can be sure that you get the education you need to help you through, even if you can’t face crowds and people and going out.
Pet your dog
If you have a dog or a cat, petting and playing with him or her has been scientifically proven to help relieve symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety. So, call them over, give them a little cuddle and if you feel up to it, maybe take them for a little walk, and your spirits are sure to be lifted.
Talk to an online therapist
Online therapists are available at the end of your smartphone or computer, and they can help you to talk through your issues and get the support you need, whenever you need it, without ever having to leave the house, which is really helpful for those days when you just can’t.
Make a to-do list
Making a to-do list with the most important stuff to achieve each day at the top is a good way to give yourself a prompt when you are feeling down. The key is to not pressure yourself if you do not get around to doing many of the things on the list, In fact, some people choose to have a done list instead of a to-do list to show them what they have actually achieved each day, and that could be a good idea too.
Have some trail mix
If you always have trail mix in the kitchen, then you will always have access to a healthy nutritious snack that will give you the energy you need to get through the day without you ever needing to cook anything.
Getting through a bout of depression is rarely simple or easy, but these tips will definitely make your life easier while you ride the crest of the depression wave and hopefully get back to feeling better. Take it easy, and be kind to yourself.