I learned that I had Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder in 2012. It’s been a challenge to keep myself feeling great. I was doing a combination of therapy sessions, and SSRI’s and sedatives. Session, SSRI, Sedative. Session, SSR, Sedative. It got really tedious. And I almost always fall off the wagon. I am currently off the wagon and in some dirt as I type this. I just like winging things I guess. It feels kinda reckless…
But I always know when to climb back into the wagon because mental health is very important. And I will admit that sometimes it just feels pointless. Sometimes you have to take time to stop and take care of yourself. If you’re not feeling good mentally, you have to take steps to make yourself feel better. I feel like you have to take a self care day and get everything together. Gather your life and feelings, lay them out, and engage in some fun stuff, while catching up on work.
When I have a self care day, there’s a lot of steps I take. First, I start with hygiene. Everyone who has depression knows staying in bed and not leaving except to use the bathroom is the way to go. But if you’re already in the bathroom, take a quick shower and brush your teeth.
Then I like to make sure I eat something. Even if it is 6pm and all I had was air so far, a meal is very useful. Pasta is my go to meal. It takes less than 20 minutes to cook, and you have variety. It is also very filling.
Okay you washed up and ate … what’s next? Check to see if your favorite show is on. And pick a show that will make you laugh. My favorite show to watch when I’m feeling down is Roseanne(They play the episodes on Logo). There’s not much drama and there’s so many funny moments and I’ve seen all of the episodes so if my mind wanders, I still know what’s going on. But if you just want to laugh so hard you’ll cry, watch Impractical Jokers. (Trutv)
If there isn’t good shows on, Listen to your favorite music. Your favorite music will lift your spirits so fast. My first choice song is Dance On Me by Goldlink. It has me dancing as soon as it starts. Anything that’ll get you moving or singing a long is great. I like to pretend I’m performing Caretaker by D.R.A.M ft. SZA when no one is looking.
Finally, you have to make sure you got any homework/work that’s been sitting in your to-do list, start them. The more that you have on your to-do list, the more stressed you’ll be. Start something and make plans to finish it. It might be a lot but you can definitely do it. And as a side note, If you’ve been isolating yourself, maybe text your friends. If you ghosted them, try to let them know that you’re alive.
**Part 2 will be up soon, and it’ll be a list of great tv shows/movies and music to consume while you’re down!!