Depression is not something that can be understood from behind a medical desk. The horror and pain that one feels when they are severely or “clinically” depressed is something that is only truly understood by those that have felt it. It is for this reason that I always felt a bit silly taking advice on the problem from my psychologist.
Don’t get me wrong. My psychologist did wonders for me in helping me through my twenty plus year battle with anxiety disorder and depression. But when it came to the day to day grind of feeling depressed, he was hopeless in helping me out. I wanted answers to deal with right now….He only had answers he found in books.
Over the years, I found that not every depressed person responds to the same things. When you feel depressed, it can manifest itself in different ways. Lethargy, exhaustion, and just not wanting to climb out of bed is usually at or near the top of most lists however.
Here are some tips to deal with exhaustion and lethargy that is born of depression:
- Remember that motivation is something that can be faked. If you feel unmotivated, it is relatively easy to pretend that you are motivated anyway. At least in short bursts. You would be surprised at how just trying can get you going. Fake it!
- Getting a friend or family member to push you helps as well. We forget that the benefit comes after we start moving and doing. Not before. Have a friend get behind you and move you into action.
- Do something with a child. Children are uniquely capable of making us forget about our depression and are like magic. Go out and play a game with your child or a friend’s kids. You would be shocked at how the adventure can take over your mind.
- Pour yourself into the depression. Allow yourself to sink to the lowest mental depths possible, but with a stipulation. After a set amount of time, you are not going to allow yourself to wallow. If you feel horrible, then once again you should just fake feeling great. Not to others, but to yourself.
- Exercise. People, you hear it all the time, but exercise truly is the key to overcoming the blues. Play a sport, go running or walking, or simply play a game with a loved one. Whatever it takes to get the blood pumping is the key to feeling much better. It works.
- Spend some quality time with your pet. This does not mean laying on the bed and pouring out your troubles. This means getting off your butt and playing. Get the string for the cat, or take the dog on a frisbee throwing adventure. If you have a pet snake, then get him out and chase him around. lol.. Regardless, pets have a similar power like kids.
- Finally, and most importantly, pray. The power of Jesus Christ is the most powerful salve for your depression. Imagine the most loving, caring and forgiving individual on the planet. Multiply that times infinity and you have Jesus before you. Talking to God and Jesus is like having a person that already knows all your troubles, and they will help you through all. Give yourself to the Lord, and you will be shocked at the love you receive. There is no better cure folks.
These are only some of the many cures for depression that can help you right now. Try them and please remember, someone cares. I care. Please subscribe so that we can become closer and help one another. Please feel free to comment below, and share anything that you find helpful.
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