Getting Unstuck From Depression: Five Suggestions

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When stuck in depression's doldrum of fatigue, disinterest, and hopelessness, getting moving again might seem impossible.

These five suggestions may help you get things going. Use what works for you.

Creating Movement

  1. Ask for help. It is always okay to ask for help. Talk to a parent, spiritual advisor, a professional counselor, or your doctor. Find a support group in your city or online. If friends or family members offer assistance, tell them specifically what you need such as, “I could use a hand cleaning up my kitchen,” or “I need a ride to see my therapist on Tuesday.”
  2. Look at depression differently. Not all societies or philosophies categorize depression as an illness. Some Eastern traditions believe depression is a valid, transforming experience—though a difficult and painful one. Viewing symptoms as expressions of a deep transformation is, for some individuals, empowering.
  3. Make small routine changes. If you are still somewhat functional despite your symptoms, make little alterations in your daily routine to change things up. Get out of bed earlier or later. Have tea instead of coffee. Drive a different route to work. Instead of lifting weights go for a walk. Eat at five o’clock instead of six. Instead of watching the late news, take a warm shower, or do some stretches. These small alterations in routine wake up parts of the brain that tend to snooze when life goes on as usual.
  4. Face your authentic self. Wishes and goals can be imprisoned by deep-seated fears and limiting beliefs about life or about our self. To relieve depression we must get honest about our authentic desires, what scares us, and how we think about things. If you cannot get clear about these things on your own, a compassionate counselor can help
  5. Take micro steps. When struggling, take micro steps toward the life you want, even if that life seems far away right now. Maybe all you want is to feel better. Then, do little things that you know help people feel good. If you can only manage one thing today - do that one thing. Maybe tomorrow or next week you can make that two.

Inspired by: Chopra Center
Photo credit: Bart Busschots

 
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