Depressed : What Should I Do?

The thoughts we say to ourselves play a big role in how we feel.

“Instead, break the day down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Go one by one and only focus on the task that it is in front of you.”

4. Get uncomfortable

Bed is comfortable. It’s safe. It’s easy. But when the world and your to-do list await, sometimes you have to get (just a little) uncomfortable to entice yourself to face the day.

Kick off those covers. Turn on the lights. Turn on some music. Set a loud alarm. (If you live with someone, you can ask them to help.)

When your bed feels less enticing, it’s easier to leave it behind.

6. Stick to a schedule

Making decisions takes energy, but sticking with a routine may help you conserve enough to get through tough mornings. Depression can impact your decision-making abilities, so give yourself a break by sticking to a schedule.

Get ready in roughly the same order, eat the same breakfast, take the same route to work. Going on autopilot for these small tasks can help you conserve energy for bigger decisions later in the day.

A 2018 study also found that those who stuck with a daytime schedule had healthier sleep cycles, which may make it easier to get going in the morning.