How to Stay on Top of Life when you Feel Depressed

The only thing more exhausting than being depressed is pretending that you’re not.”

Some basic advice for those bleak, tough days ….

1. Acknowledge how you feel, and accept that this is going to be a more challenging day. Call it for what it is, and respect your limits.

2. Commit to doing only the absolute essentials. Don’t push yourself to do anything more than.

3. Prioritize what’s important right now. For example, if you have a report that has to be submitted, then choose to work on that. However, if it is something that can wait, set it aside for the moment.

4. Work through your (short!) to-do list in small chunks of time – making sure you get plenty of breaks.

5. Talk to someone who will understand. If you can’t talk face to face, then call or text. Don’t keep your feelings to yourself. We need to get support when we’re feeling low.

6. Be wise in your use of social media. It may be good to deactivate a few accounts for now, or to switch off your phone to protect yourself from images and comments that leave you feeling worse.

7. Make sure you leave the house and get a change of scenery. If possible, get some exercise as well.

8. Deliberately invest in some form of self-care, and remember that tomorrow is another day.


20 thoughts on “How to Stay on Top of Life when you Feel Depressed

  1. Your whole list is great, but number 4 really hits home. I looked back on the day I had a debilitating panic attack, and my little notebook (jotter) was crammed full of activities. I kept pushing ahead when I should have cleared my calendar and engaged in some self-care.

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    • I remember we called notebooks “jotters” when I was a kid at school 🙂 So lovely to hear the term again! Sometimes pushing ahead is necessary but sometimes it is bad for us. I have learned from personal experience that we really do need to make time for self care.


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