Depression often leaves us unable to feel anything at all, let alone sad. It may not be your first pick for your team, but sadness truly has its hidden virtues.
The truth is that “after depression” just isn’t a reality for many people. Depression is actually a lifelong challenge that we learn to live and work with, more and more effectively.
Here are some tips on how to get over depression to help you get back on track:
1. Give Yourself Time to be Sad.
If you are still feeling sad, the most important thing you can do is give yourself space to feel that way.
Be deliberate. Sit on the couch for an hour and let yourself be sad. Then, get up and get moving.
2. Start Slow.
Often times depression leads to inactivity which can push us out of the healthy habits that we might have at other points in our life.
Don’t expect to jump straight back into all your activities. Give yourself lots of time to slowly bring things back. It is good to push yourself, but don’t push too hard.
3. Make It Easy.
Sometimes what was a small step for us when feeling better is a huge step after being depressed for a while.
The smaller and easier you can make your new activities, the more likely you are to succeed. Give yourself that chance.
4. Acknowledge Your Progress.
It can be easy to be critical of your abilities and your progress, especially if you have an anxiety disorder that exacerbates this behavior. It is vital that you acknowledge each new and beneficial thing you add to your life.
You just ran an emotional marathon and now you are showing up at the gym. This is no small thing.
5. Choose the Lesser of Two Evils.
Our perspective gets skewed when we are depressed. We lose sight of what is good for us. When you are recovering from depression, you might feel as though you are choosing between something that is not so good and something that is worse.
Try and choose the easier or slightly better option.
6. Take a Day Off.
Yes, you want to get back on track, but if you give yourself a moment to breathe, it may help you get where you want to go faster in the end.
7. Stick With It.
You did not get to where you are in one day. You won’t get to where you want to be in one day either. Keep making efforts and you will see results, even if it takes time. You’ve got this.