Ever feel so down, depressed or blue that you can’t seem to motivate yourself to get anything done?
You’re not alone!
I wrote this post specifically because recently I encountered one of those days. In an attempt to break out of this wicked spell, I set out to do some research on how to break out of this rut. I found myself taking some notes, so then these notes turned into this post.
Here are 5 simple ways I found that can help you overcome a depressive spell. In fact, apply these 5 simple daily habits to your daily routine and you can build up your positive energy and momentum to accomplish many tasks. For now though, let’s focus on the low hanging fruit.
1. Aim Low – Set Easy Goals
It can be quite the challenge to get anything done when you’re feeling down on yourself.
Getting back into motion is the only way to break out of this funk, but how do you accomplish that when you feel so down and dressed about life?
You can do this by setting some easy goals?
For example, do you need to do read 10 pages of a good book today? Read 1 page instead.
2. Keep a Simple Daily Task List
This goes hand in hand with the first point. By keeping a list of some simple daily goals, you’ll be able to check of some stuff. You’ll find that by completing some simple stuff and checking things off, you’ll get an automatic boost of energy and feel good about what you have completed.
If at first you simply feel overwhelmed, start with simple goals such as making your bed, brushing your teeth, getting groceries, etc.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), any 30 minutes to an hour of physical exercise done 3 to 5 times a week makes you less prone to feelings of depression or feeling blue.
Haven’t exercised in a long time? Start off slow… get a simple 10 minute walk outside in the fresh air.
When you’ve feeling down and depressed, you may find it difficult to complete any kind of task. You’ll find things start to pile up and then you’ll be overwhelmed. This may cause you to spiral down further and make it very hard to get out of this rut.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and family and delegate some of the small daily tasts… such as cooking, cleaning, picking up groceries, etc. This will help you focus on a few key tasks that only you can complete all while preventing things from piling up and causing you to feel overwhelmed.
You may not want to smile, but force yourself to smile. Studies have shown that by simply acting happy and forcing facial expressions of happiness, you’ll be signalling to your brain and reinforcing the idea that you are happy.
Bookmark this post and read it next time you’re feeling blue. Start with one item, then build up to two items, and so on and so forth. Before you know it you’ll be right back to the swing of things.
PS: What did you think about this post? I would love to hear from you… please leave me your comments below 🙂