Living with depression continues to challenge me to the core. Some days are better than others. When the disabling effects of depression fatigue hit hard its important to remind yourself: it’s okay to not be okay.
When depression hits hard I cannot see my true strength. My mind struggles to process simple things most take for granted. Every move feels debilitating. Sometimes my nervous system starts to shut down, blurring my vision, and clouding my mind. I recently read somewhere exhaustion and depression overwhelm points to the need for self-care.
In this post I’ve come up with 20 self-care tips to help support the mind and body when depression hits hard. As always, these tips are not a substitute for medical care or therapy, please always seek medical support if your depression has flared up.
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Five Things to Remember When Depression FATIGUE Hits Hard
- Just because you are struggling, doesn’t mean you’re failing.
- It’s okay to not feel okay.
- It’s a strength to ask for help, especially if you are feeling low.
- You matter and the world needs you
- You are stronger than depression says you are.
Five Things to Help YOU MOVE THROUGH Overwhelm
- Be kind to your mind
- Have a glass of water
- Treat yourself to a nourishing snack
- Whip up a fresh green juice (hint: vital greens can be found in handy sachets, which you can mix in juice or water.
- Let yourself rest
Five Things to BRING COMFORT AND BOOST YOUR ENERGY
- Become aware of your breath
- Take a walk in nature
- Pet an animal
- Call a friend
- Meditate or listen to an uplifting podcast
Five Things to Help LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WHEN DEPRESSION FATIGUE RESULTS IN Low Mood
- Exposure to warmth during the cold winter months – sunshine, warm tea, a hot water bottle
- Experiment with a few ways to calm and distract your mind – sudoko, jigsaw puzzle
- Write a list of 5 things that make you smile (Hint: keep your list handy)
- Have a gentle stretch or try some yoga (hint: Yoga With Adrienne is my fav)
- Use Spotify and/or YouTube to create a playlist of music that soothes and uplifts you
Always remember: depression is an illness that can make self-care difficult. Start small, every step you take in this journey reflects your true strength.
Thank you for reading, I hope there is something here that might be helpful. If you liked this Self-Care List, be sure to share it across your social networks, You never know it might help encourage someone who might be feeling overwhelmed to take treat themselves to a small act of self-care
Self-care is often a struggle for me because depression triggers feelings of guilt and undeserving.
What do you do when depression hits hard, is there anything you would you like to add to the conversation?
What was your biggest takeaway from this post. Have I missed anything important? .Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts 🙂
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IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: While I share my personal experiences with depression, I am not a therapist or health professional. Bravely She Blogs is not intended as medical or therapeutic advice. I've put together a list of phone numbers you can call if you are feeling low, but please if you are feeling poorly or are having suicidal thoughts, seek immediate medical help.