Getting Your Depressed Self Out of Bed


For many depressed individuals morning is the most symptomatic time of day. This makes getting out from between the sheets a struggle.

Here are four suggestions for making the transition from horizontal to vertical less excruciating. They do not require any effort on your part in the morning. Effort is made in the afternoon or evening, when you may have more energy.

  1. Some people wake more easily as the sun rises and brightens their room. If you need to get up while it is still dark outside, consider investing in a sunrise alarm or a light that gradually brightens the bedroom when you need to awaken. It is a more soothing way to wake up than being startled by an annoying buzz or beep from a typical alarm clock.
  2. Lay out your clothes for the next day before retiring at night, including underwear, shoes and any accessories. If you have a job, prepare for the workday the evening before as well, such as packing a lunch and getting your bag or briefcase in order.The point is to make your morning routine as simple and easy as possible in order to eliminate details that may seem unbearable or overwhelming when you wake up. If you dread showering or bathing in the morning, do that in the afternoon or evening.
  3. For those who enjoy coffee or tea in the morning, have it measured out and ready to brew or steep. Better yet, set your coffee maker to start brewing before you get up. You're making the morning easier as well as allowing your powerful sense of smell to lure you awake. Sometimes the aroma of rich coffee can thin the morning fog of depression.
  4. People who cannot rouse themselves often find the energy to care for furry or feathered others. If you want a pet and can care for one, their pawing, whining or chirping in the morning can coax our feet to the floor when nothing else does.

“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.” ~ Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues

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