For me, the last few weeks have been very challenging. I had a lot of sleepless nights. I’d been lying in bed for days, staring at the ceiling, a million thoughts racing through my mind – depression was swallowing me alive once more. I felt like a prisoner, enslaved by my thoughts and imprisoned in my own body and I only wanted it to come to a halt. I had the desire to yell. always tried to get up, but depression was eating away at what little life I had left. This episode has been plaguing me for weeks. I was suffocating in a nightmare. Though I recognize that stress was the primary cause of my situation, I’ve come to realize that some of my tiny everyday behaviors were also contributing to my relapse.
So, in the hopes of making the dark days smoother and more bearable, I’ve decided to accept those little patterns and gradually strive to improve them as much as I can. I thought about sharing them with you as well. As a result, I’ve decided to share with you 5 habits that are exacerbating my depression.
Check them out and join me on my one-day-at-a-time fight against depression!
1.Fixating on stressful circumstances
Stress is also what takes me back to my dark days. It drags me down into the abyss where depression has enslaved me.
When a traumatic situation occurs, we tend to focus on it. We tend to worry about it repeatedly rather than finding ways to repair and cope with it. And doing so was consuming my life. Dealing with stressful circumstances can be especially difficult when you’re depressed. That is precisely how it is for me. However, we must learn to fight back and find a healthier way to handle stress. So, I began to note the things or acts that make me feel calmer, actions that would help me detach myself from my emotions, and I began to search for ways to integrate those into my stress management technique – doing so greatly aided me.
2. Avoiding sunlight
I dreaded seeing some ray of sunshine filtering through my windows because it meant I’d have to spend yet another torturous day. As a result, I hung big, thick curtains to shield myself from the sun, oblivious that this is doing more harm than good. I didn’t know how much blocking the sunshine helped until my sister wanted to get rid of my thick curtains. Having the ability to see the sunrise or even getting a little light in made me feel better, and as corny as it might sound, it gave me hope – hope that today will be different. It didn’t fix everything, but it did make everything feel better.
3. Not engaging in any physical activity
The most basic things, such as getting out of bed, can be challenging when you’re depressed. Showering is a hassle, and lying in bed is often a choice. We can’t because we can’t. It’s not because we’re lazy or don’t want to; it’s because we can’t. However, the longer I allow depression to tie me to my bed, the more power it gains over me and the worse I feel. For example, I was having yet another bad day the other day. I was in bed, gazing blankly at nothing when my sister persuaded me to go swimming. It took all of my remaining courage to say yes and do it, but it made me feel so much better. All felt lighter after I chuckled. Do your best to get out of bed and do something that makes you happy. I know it’s complicated, even impossible at times, but it’s worth it. Start small and set small goals; if you find that you have time to do something else after completing one mission, add another. That’s more than enough as long as you’re trying.
4. Watching the news
Watching the television was one of my favorite pastimes. I just found it entertaining, and I enjoy keeping up with what’s going on in the world. However, after being diagnosed with depression, seeing so much negativity and witnessing how unfair life is made me hated living even more. Seeing all of the crimes and deaths not only makes me anxious, but it also makes me depressed. Sure, being aware is helpful, but the feeling I get after watching it is not.
5. Isolation from others
Talking to someone or reaching out for help can be daunting when life becomes too overwhelming and the depression is eating you alive. I understand how difficult it is to seek assistance because simply getting out of bed appears unlikely. However, providing a support system is precisely what we need at this moment. I was still wary of opening up to others and asking for their assistance. I was afraid that people would either ignore or judge what I was feeling. But as I began to let people in more slowly, I noticed that not everyone would judge you. They may not understand what you’re going through, but they’ll be there for you and will listen.
Although changing these bad habits does not fully eradicate my depression, it does make it a lot easier to handle. That is sufficient for me. So, identify the behaviors that contribute to your depression and begin to change them one day at a time. We can do this if we keep fighting!
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