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Hi friends! Welcome to another installment of Mental Health Monday. Each week, I feature a guest blogger who has a story to tell about mental health.
Why? Lemme tell ya.
Uninspired is all about helping women in their twenties live a life they love now, even while they’re building their futures. That’s a damn hard thing to balance. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how stressful it can be to have that much pressure on you. So, in addition to talking about dating, money, and college life, we also talk about mental health here. I want to make sure I show you how even through the roughest days of your twenties, even if you experience trauma that’s waaaay beyond what you should have to deal with, you can persevere. You will persevere.
Mental Health Monday accomplishes this goal by sharing stories. That’s it! Uninspired is the vessel that simply carries the hope from the people with personal experience to the people who need it. Sure, I could’ve preached to you myself about this stuff. I am going to be a therapist after all. But at this point, the majority of my experience with mental health has come from textbooks. If you wanted to learn from textbooks, you would have been a psych major. You want hope, and you want proof. Stories from real people who have been there and gotten through it– that’s hope, and that’s proof.
Today’s post is by Marcie of All The Things. She suffers from depression, but she doesn’t let it rule her life. She has a whole bunch of tips and bits of inspiration to help you be productive even on the days you’re feeling depressed.
~ How to Get Stuff Done When You’re Depressed ~
“I get up most mornings at 5 AM so I can blog before work. Sometimes, it’s a real struggle to wake up in the morning. I may have gone to bed at a normal time, but still, I’m just really tired. As the day goes on, motivation drags. I find my routines getting blurred. I stop crossing things off of my to-do list unless they’re very urgent. I’ll get really lazy in the evening, and will probably go to bed early. If I’m lucky, I’ll wake up like normal the next day and life will go on, and I’ll thank God that it was just a bad day.
Sometimes though, that next morning, I can’t do it. When my alarm goes off, I’ll reset it to give me just enough time to get to work on time. The day is long and hard and non-productive. I try to focus on “survival”, did I take my meds? That’s seems to be about all that I can truly handle. I start to feel bad for not getting things done. I get stressed out and everything just seems so much harder. Not only am I not crossing things off my list, I’m usually not even looking at my list.
Depression has come to visit.
Over the years I’ve learned how to help myself get through it.
A TED Talk I recently watched called How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed by Jessica Gimeno is a great resource I have found. In it she tells her story of her many struggles. She also gives three concrete steps to help yourself keep functioning when you are depressed. She teaches us that it takes practice and we need to have a plan because once you’re drowning, it’s nearly impossible to remember what helps. You can click the link above, or watch the video here:
This is what I learned from this TED Talk:
- Being proactive, thinking about urgency, and understanding difficulty are the three keys Gimeno speaks about in her TED Talk.
- I need to be aware of what helps me, and have a written plan.
- I need to be aware of myself so I notice the warning signs before I find myself at the bottom of the heap.
Practice makes perfect. Even when dealing with depression. When you implement your plan over and over again, it will get easier.
Doing some is way better than doing nothing.