I have been reading up on habits that might help me.
Ones that have stuck out to me are:
- SLEEP & DUVET DAYS
Waking up at the same time each day even if you don’t get up.
Proper rest breaks throughout the day
Keep a colouring book, crayons, or a science book/mag.
Keeping a good book handy all the time… something that will keep my attention for a bit for mindless entertainment.
- EATING & DRINKING
I use a Camelbak 2L and drink it throughout the day, helps me keep track of whether I am drinking or not.
I have a stockpile of easy stuff in like tinned soup or spaghetti and sausages.
Having fruit and healthy snacks around.
- KEEPING CLEAN
I take bath instead of a shower because it takes less effort than showering.
Shower at night so you don’t have to think about showering and getting dressed at the same time.
Multi-task to make life as simple as possible,like brush your teeth in shower.
- GETTING DRESSED
For me on dark days comfortable clothes are an absolute must.
I live in lounge wear!
And the ultimate getting-dressed-but-not hack:
If you can’t face getting dressed, change your PJs!
- GETTING OUT
I try and get out every day or open the windows and doors and let the breeze in.
Sitting in the garden in the sunshine.
- BOOSTING BRAINPOWER
Get a pill box for when your cognition is crap.
Using Netflix – creating a list so that you can go straight to something instead of having to make a decision.
Write everything down – note down mood changes and headaches.
- DEALING WITH PEOPLE
I hold back from unnecessary social contact.
Reach out to people you trust
Accept help from others.
Each morning I push myself to do some form of exercise to release my endorphins.
Even a small burst of excercise at the gym after work is enough to uplift my mood.
- GETTING STUFF DONE
I make a list of jobs that I need to complete but do not put a deadline on them so I can do what I can when I can.
- EMOTIONAL CARE
It’s OK to be depressed.
I didn’t choose it. I didn’t create it.
I try to just ‘go’ with my bad days, rather than fight them, because fighting depression is exhausting.