Fighting and managing depression can seem like a daunting task. I know as I feel overwhelmed at times. You don’t need to stay stuck in depression. You can take action. Any action is better than inaction and isolation. Get out of yourself and do service for others. The others can be others with depression, or they can just be the downtrodden in need of support. The women in World War II rose to the challenge and went to work (Rosie the Rivetter pictured here). You can rise to the challenge of doing something to help with your depression.
Easy does it, but do it!
– Slogan heard in AA meeting
If you’ve read any of Tony Robbins work he recommends taking massive action. Being in the depths of depression what does massive action look like? Here are some things that when you are in the depths of depression that are massive actions:
- Have a sleep regimen. Go to bed at the same time, and get up at the same time every day. I’m not expecting you to be an early riser, but have a routine.
- Making your bed every time you get up from bed.
- Personal hygiene. Take a shower. Shave (wherever appropriate).
- Brush and floss your teeth.
- Wash, fold, and put away your laundry.
- Clean the bathroom.
- Wash the dishes (machine washed is fine) and put them away.
- Get dressed. My recommendation is to the level of business casual. You will feel like you have more of a purpose.
- Get outside and take a 20 minute walk.
Put these little regimens into your life. Why did I use the word regimen?
regimen: a manner of living intended to preserve or restore health
No one likes regimen. You are doing it for a purpose. You are attempting to restore health and sanity into your life. As you begin to do these things your depression will lighten, albeit very slightly. The slightly lighter mood will enable you to do even more massive actions. These future more massive actions will have an even greater impact on your depression.
What will those more massive actions look like? I don’t know, that depends upon you. Take the little actions of regimen. You can do those little things. Your depression will lessen even if it’s a mere one tenth of one percent. Accept the challenge, you can do it!
Then you can do even greater things that will have a greater positive impact on your depression.
Yours in recovery, Bill R