Yesterday’s blogging was really helpful for me. Seeing things as they really are sometimes can be a helpful starting point for change.
If depression is an illness, then illnesses are treatable. There is medicine for illness and I know what that medicine is. So in the same way if I had a sore arm, I would know what will help and what would make it worse… I can do that with this period of low mood.
And that in and of itself makes things better. So here is my prescription thus far:
- accept the things I cannot currently change
- change the things I cannot currently accept
- go to bed at regular times
- eat food… and not just rubbish
- go out for a walk every day
- get sun on my face
- make the bed each day
- be kind to myself- don’t berate myself- it doesn’t help
- self-soothe using the different senses
- focus on breathing
- ask for help
and even though all of that feels too much, don’t give in to the temptation to do nothing and isolate.
I need to avoid:
- situations I find depressing (e.g. visiting my neighbour in the care home)
- only eating rubbish
- in fact, doing all the opposite of the above list!
THIS TOO SHALL PASS… it won’t last for ever.