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There are mornings where I would wake up without an alarm, but I couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I laid there underneath my warm fluffy green blanket and stared at the ceiling. There isn’t a single noise lurking inside my place, but at the same time, I feel this uneasy emotion hiding inside the pit of my stomach. At that single moment, my life skewed before my eyes, and I realized…I’m not happy.
So, what do I do?
Reader: “What do you do?”
UnhappyWriter: “I merely laid there until the day passes over.”
Reader: “That isn’t very productive.”
UnhappyWriter: “It really isn’t.”
For those struggling with depression, rolling out of bed can be the hardest thing to do in the world. Sometimes, it’s not about when you start your day, but if you start it at all. Keep in mind, that there will be moments when you don’t want to get out of bed at all, and that’s okay. It doesn’t mean you’re useless or you’re a waste of time and space. It’s just…hard.
Here are some tips to help you get out of bed in the morning:
1. Small Goals:
Don’t aim for big goals like get a job when you’re unemployed. Make small goals such as taking a shower or wearing a new pair of clothes. Just be somewhere that’s not your room, and we can build up from there. Don’t take the fact that you didn’t accomplish the big goals, but remind yourself that you can achieve the smaller ones.
If you have a pet such as a dog or a cat, go to them and play with them. You can merely cuddle or take a walk. Perhaps, remind yourself that they need you to feed them.
If you have photos of your families or lover – pull them out. Remind yourself, that someone depends on you. Remember, depression is a part of your life, not the whole thing.
3. Pep Talk:
While you’re laying there, give yourself a good pep talk such as reminding yourself all the things you had to accomplish over your life. You graduated from high school, got a lover, cleaned the coffee table…anything.
A little music can change your life, but sometimes it can irritate the neighbor so watch out for that. Although, if your neighbor doesn’t mind – start singing your lungs out! If you want, curse to the world and take that load off your chest!
Note: Listen to upbeat music not depressing ones!
5. Bring a Part of Comfort with You:
Bring your blanket with you if you can’t completely let go of your bed. Whenever I am not ready for the day, I drag my blanket around with me. Of course, it isn’t my most productive day, but at least it gets me out of bed!
If you have any other methods you use to get out of bed, feel free to comment below! I would love to give it a go!