5 things I do when depression hits me hard

Depression has a way of sucking the life out of you. It mentally and physically drains you – every bit of you; every bit that’s left of you. And when you try to pull yourself back, when you try to stand up, it has the power to pull and drag you back down.

Depression is the moment you wake up and open your eyes then realize that you are living a never-ending nightmare.

Depression is realizing that death no longer scares you. I know how difficult it is to go through this every single day. And there are days when you just want to curl up in bed and just hope that everything will be over.

And while there’s no magic pill or no instant remedy for this, there are still a lot of things that we can do to cope and fight it on days when depression hits us hard. That’s why today, I have decided to share with you, the changes that I did on a day to day basis that helped me managed my depression. 

learn the things I do to battle this mental illness and get through the darkest days when depression is hitting you the hardest

Try not to isolate yourself

It’s so easy to isolate and shut yourself out when you’re depressed. Depression does this – it wants you to feel alone. There were days where I let this rule me but I’ve learned that staying isolated from other people just made my depression so much harder to cope with.

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It just made everything worst. So now, every time this happens I remind myself that I need to let other people in and I do the best that I can to ease gently back to the world.

I know how scary it is to step out of your comfort zone and reach out but we must constantly remind ourselves that staying isolated is not going to help us heal.

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Do something that makes you laugh

I have these dark days when I feel like I’m trapped and chained in a place where happiness could not be found, most days I let this thought consume me but there are days when I push myself to fight it by picking myself up and doing something that makes me laugh hard- the kind of laughter that makes your stomach hurts and your eyes water.

And watching the tv series Friends is always my go-to! I know this may sound silly but there’s just something about it that makes everything lighter; it makes me feel that something good is going to happen -that everything will be better.

 

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Express yourself creatively 

I know how difficult it is to explain to other people all the thoughts going through your head. Oftentimes, no matter how hard we try to tell them what we really feel, no matter how many thoughts are running through our heads, uttering a single word is still impossible. Writing helps me battle that feeling. It’s a place where I can pour my heart and soul out; a place where I can separate myself from my thoughts.

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This gives me a sense of clarity and calmness.  It reduces the burden that I constantly feel and it gives me this feeling that I’m still in control.

It doesn’t have to be limited to writing, you can draw, paint or do anything – anything that would allow you to let those emotions out.

 

 

Practice the art of gratitude

Depression has a way of making you feel that there’s nothing to be thankful for. It makes you think that everything no longer has value, that nothing better could come. So, every day I try to write at least 3 things that I’m thankful for, things that made me happy.

It didn’t matter how small or simple it was. Seeing those things that I wrote reminded me that there is still something good in this life, that good things could still happen to me.

 

 

Get up and watch the sunrise

One of the worst parts for me is be waking up, I hate waking up. I dreaded the thought of having to go through life like this. I dreaded the thought of going through another day just to feel the pain again. So, I hid from it. I set up large and thick curtains so I won’t get to see the sunrise – so I won’t be able to feel that a brand-new day has begun.

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But then I decided to make this drastic change, I got up early, went outside and watched the sunrise – watching it gave me hope; it gave me a different set of eyes that saw the beauty of the world again. And doing this made my entire day a lot more bearable.

Please note that we all have different coping mechanisms, while this worked for me, there’s no guarantee that this will work for you.

But don’t let that stop you, find something that makes you feel you again, something that will make you appreciate life, something that will make you appreciate that you’re alive. Join me in this journey and let’s fight this together!

Your Turn…

If you have anything that you would like to add on this list, leave a comment below or send me an email, I would really love to hear from you!

DISCLAIMER

I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional to get the help you deserve.

One thought on “5 things I do when depression hits me hard

  • December 15, 2018 at 11:03 am
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    I’m so glad u wrote this post as wen u isolate yurself u dnt get to meet like minded ppl, so wen something like this randomly comes into yur life it enables u to appreciate that there isn’t only u in this world that is struggling with this thief that steels yur smiles yur laughter yur happiness yur days yur life. I thi k knowing someone else feels as u do just eases yur pain a little. To then have that person remind u that be it 2day, 2morrow, next week or next month things will change and u will smile again. Just need someone to remind u of that sometimes. Even tho u yurself have been here b4 many times, yur brain can’t really remember pain. U know u where in a dark place but u assume it was never as dark as it is now,. So u need others to remind u.
    Thank you so much and without question the gratitude thing I started a few yrs ago and I Truely believe that it has prevented me from sometimes falling into that deep hole. It feels like I’m on the edge but this rope I grab hold of stops me falling and I drag myself back into the happy world. But the few time I haven’t grabbed hold of it. I think reading posts like this is just great. It’s like we forgot the rope (gratitude) is there to help us get out. So we need reminding of the rope.
    I Cud relate so much to how u felt writing this post and it has given me inspiration to try and pull myself out of this deep dark hole of asking what’s the point of being here.
    By the way I’m Janice and
    Thank you. X

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