Feeling sad once in a while is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness and despair start to linger too long and just won’t go away, you may be suffering from depression. It’s not just sadness created by facing life’s struggles and setbacks, depression changes the way you think, feel, and function in daily life. It creates obstacles in your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and enjoy life. Just getting through the day can become overwhelming because of depression.
Depression, for some people, seems like “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom, for other people it is described as feeling lifeless, empty, and apathetic. Men in particular tend to feel angry and restless. If left untreated depression can turn into a serious health condition.
What you need to always remember is that no matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better. So, here are 10 little things that will make your day a little bit better. You may not feel like you can do them, but, trust me, you can. It’s as easy as reading this post.
10 Daily Habits To Brighten Your Day
As soon as you wake up, get yourself out of bed. Lying in bed will only give time to negative thoughts to gather energy. Once you get up and start your day your frame of reference for the day will change. Before you make your morning tea or coffee, open up your phone and read something funny. Once you’ve started your day with something positive, you can go on with your day.
Plan your day. You may not have a full schedule or you may feel like you don’t want to work anyway. But even if you have nothing to do, you still need to plan your day. It doesn't have to be complicated: Get up, eat, go for a walk, write your blog, take care of the environment. Simply having some daily tasks of living can elevate your mood, and when you are running errands or cleaning off your desk, deleting unnecessary files and folders, or just doing the dishes, you won’t feel down.
Clean yourself. Even if you don’t have anywhere to go, do not skip the shower. Bathing daily is a healthy habit. It wakes you up, and makes you feel all clean and better afterward. Keeping clean is a basic thing that depressed people might find very difficult to do. So remember: Bathing definitely makes a difference between a good day and a bad day.
Feed yourself well. It’s not difficult to survive only on fast or junk food, but it’s neither nurturing nor healthy. Make it a goal to cook at least one good meal a day. It may seem difficult at first, but in time you will start looking forward to it because you will be nurturing yourself. And if you can’t cook, at least find some good healthy meals for yourself.
Find a way to make or save some money. Find a deal on something you want, or return the shoes you thought you wanted but will never wear, put some money in your savings, buy a little less, make yourself a little more financially secure. Financial insecurity can lead to many problems including depression, so being a little bit careful is also healthy.
Interact with another real human being. Depression can cause you to want to avoid other people, but almost nothing could be worse for your condition. Even if it’s someone you know only casually, just saying, “Hello. How are you?” will lift your spirits as well as theirs. Having a real conversation and sharing feelings can do even more.
Practice meditation. There is one simple truth: Meditation works. You may think you can’t do it or not possible for you but do some research. It’s really simple to do, and the rewards are great.
Don’t fall into depression-think. Do not allow yourself to be controlled by your depression. You are much more than that. Depression is an illness, but it doesn’t have to dictate your whole life for you. Remember, you don’t have to be a victim of depression, instead be its opponent: Fight!!
If you think you are feeling too overwhelmed and are having extreme thoughts, please call your therapist/counselor or ask someone’s help. Please visit the following link to get the help you need: https://indianhelpline.com/SUICIDE-HELPLINE/
Remember you’re not alone. There are many people willing and looking to help you. Just reach out
Finally, stay healthy, stay safe :)