I’ve had a depression episode a time or two, but I wanted to share a few simple things that always seemed to help me. Some days are good, some are not so great. I had days where I went days without talking to anyone, didn’t take showers, didn’t brush my teeth or brush my hair. I think that period of my life was my darkest I ever had.
The definition of a depression episode is a period of depression that persists for at least two weeks. During a depressive episode, a person will typically experience low or depressed mood and/or loss of interest in most activities. As.0 well as a number of other symptoms of depression, such as tiredness, changes in appetite, feelings of worthlessness and recurrent thoughts of death. The length of a depressive episode varies, but the average duration is thought to be six to eight months.
Here are 11 simple tasks to do during a depression episode.
Use whatever lotion you like.
Unscented? Dollar store lotion? Fancy 48 hour lotion that makes you smell like a field of wildflowers? Use whatever you want, and use it all over your entire dermis. Put on clean, comfortable clothes.
Brush your hair. Yep, whether your hair is clean or dirty, simply brush your hair.
Cute black lacy panties? Those ridiculous boxers you bought last Christmas with candy cane hearts on the butt? Put them on.
Use ice. If you want, add some mint or lemon for an extra boost. I always use lemon.
Doesn’t have to be anything big. Organize one drawer of a desk. Wash five dirty dishes. Do a load of laundry. Scrub the bathroom sink.
Listen to something upbeat and dancy and loud, something that’s got lots of energy. Sing to it, dance to it, even if you suck at both.
Don’t just grab a granola bar to munch. Take the time and make food. Even if it’s ramen. Add something special to it, like a soft boiled egg or some veggies. Prepare food, it tastes way better, and you’ll feel like you accomplished something.
Write a short story or a poem, draw a picture, color a picture, fold origami, crochet or knit, sculpt something out of clay, anything artistic. Even if you don’t think you’re good at it. Create.
Call a loved one, a friend, a family member, call a chat service if you have no one else to call. Talk to a stranger on the street. Have a conversation and listen to someone’s voice.
Take a walk. Sit in the grass. Look at the clouds. Smell flowers.
Put your hands in the dirt and feel the soil against your skin. – try running. Running helps.
If you can’t bring yourself to call, text or email or whatever, just have some social interaction with another person. Even if you don’t say much, listen to them. It helps.
Cuddle your pets. If you have them/can cuddle them. Take pictures of them. Talk to them. Tell them how you feel, about your favorite movie, a new game coming out, anything.
Use water as hot or cold as you like. You don’t even need to wash. Just get in under the water and let it run over you for a while. Sit on the floor if you gotta.- I have had to, it’s ok.
May seem small or silly to some, but this list keeps people alive.
At your absolute best you won’t be good enough for the wrong people. But at your worst, you’ll still be worth it to the right ones. Remember that. Keep holding on.
In case nobody has told you today, I love you and you are worth your weight and then some in gold, so be kind to yourself and most of all keep pushing on!!!!Find something to be grateful for!
just pick any two tasks, then comment done.
Mental Health is no joke. I am trying to demonstrate that someone is always listening.
Have no one? you can email me, DM on social media.
I have suffered with depression for many year also. These tricks are great. Several of them I have not tried before but I will.
Great tips. I have certainly struggled a few times myself.
Blasting music is my go to right now. Thanks.