Here are 11 ideas that may help to pull yourself out of the deepest depression. I’ve used these at various times in my life. This list is based solely on my experience. If you are reading this and are in a really bad place, please get help. There is someone who cares for you.
I’ve come to believe that there is no magic pill and there is no magic prayer that will fix you (me) in a quick and easy way. My experience says that it takes consistent, hard work. And if I skip days, I will go backwards. I don’t want to go backwards, I want my life to be full of happiness and vitality and excitement.
An article I read recently at Marc and Angel Hack Life used this phrase, “I will do the work. It won’t be easy. It will be worth it.” I like that and I am currently using that when I am feeling down.
Well, here are my 11. I hope they can help you:
- Exercise. Hard. Be mad inside of your brain at all of the disappointments and everything you have to deal with. Put all of the vicious anger into your workout.
- Grill yourself a big rib-eye steak, a giant plate of nachos, a homemade cheesecake…or something that you really enjoy or have enjoyed in the past. If you don’t feel like grilling or cooking, order take out or delivery. Eat it slowly. Enjoy the flavors. Even if it is only a few bites.
- Scream until you hurt your voice. Sip some water, then scream more. If your screaming might disturb others, go into your closet and scream into a pillow. Get it out of you.
- Take a walk. It can be inside your house. It can be around the back yard. Down the block. Drive to your closest park and walk until you are tired. Maybe a few minutes. Maybe all day long. Dress appropriately. Bring water, and…
- Deep breath in, slow exhale out. And you don’t have to be in the park. If you are curled up in bed, you can breathe there, too.
- Chamomile tea. Try it a couple of times. It might work to help you, it might not.
- Take a hot bath, hot soak or hot shower. If you have Epsom salt, use it. If you have any nice smelling oils, use it. My favorites are lavender and eucalyptus.
- Find just one thing to be grateful for. It could be as simple as being grateful that you can go to your sink and get a glass of water. It could be gratitude that you accomplished one action from this list of ideas.
- Talk to someone who you know cares about you, has empathy, and can listen without an agenda. If you don’t have that in a friend or family member, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be an ear for you: 1-800-273-8255
- Try to find the tiniest bit of happiness that you made it to today. Maybe today can be better than yesterday. It is not too late to start getting better.