Because everyone’s experience of depression is different, it stands to reason that recovery from depression should be tailored to your individual needs. These self-help tips can easily be adapted to your preferences.
Low moods make people feel unmotivated and indifferent. Even the thought of doing something can feel a burden, but the key is to try. If today you can make it through these slides, it’s a start. Then come back and look again.
Begin by reconnecting with small things in your daily life. The small routines such as getting up at a certain time, taking a shower, making a healthy breakfast. Don’t worry about completing everything at once. A few days like this and you’ll begin to feel better.
Keep a record
Keeping a small record of your achievements isn’t a bad idea. At first you may feel despondent that so few things are on it, but as you improve you’ll see the record expanding. It’s a boost. Before too long, you’ll be doing so much you won’t have time to record it.
Expect good and bad days
Coming out of depression isn’t always a smooth path. Good days feel great but they may signal a false dawn. Bad days also are common and you mustn’t think you’re relapsing. Take it steady, stick with your plan of good self-care, and over time your mood will start to balance out.
Ignore negative thoughts
Depression comes with a lot of negative thinking. The temptation to back off, to find excuses not to do things, or to pack in your plan altogether may be very tempting. Even when you don’t want to, try to do things.
It’s better to set small targets than to go all out. On good days the temptation will be to do more than you had planned. Try to resist. If you tire, your negative thoughts will gain the upper hand and you’ll feel a failure.
There’s no rule to say your recovery should be a solo quest. Having others around can be helpful, but you set the agenda as to what you feel capable of achieving. Use your friends’ and families’ support and sociability but don’t let others dictate the pace of your recovery.