How to stay functional if you’re depressed

Anyone who has suffered from depression at any point in their lives knows just how difficult it is to perform almost any task. No matter how big or small the task is it seems. almost insurmountable. In this article by Beth Skwarecki - she explores the phenomenon and suggests ways to get around it. Its a wonderfully sympathetic and well researched piece. Well worth reading if you suffer from depression or know someone who does. Here she explains how common this feeling is and the importance of realizing that you are not alone in this struggle.

"In reality, you’re not alone—a lot of people with depression face this feeling, as do people with other mental health conditions, including anxiety. The Impossible Task isn’t a technical term (yet) but I spoke with several therapists who are familiar with the phenomenon. “I feel confident saying that the majority of people suffering with major depressive disorder struggle with ‘the impossible task,’” says Mary Fisher, a clinical mental health counselor in Salt Lake City, Utah. “Putting simple words to painful, confusing feelings can shrink those painful, confusing feelings, so kudos to Molly Backes."

Beth explains how important it is to not be too hard on yourself if you have this problem. She breaks down what your  feelings are about and why you should not feel too bad about yourself if you are a sufferer. She outlines a series of steps you can take to help you get through this affliction or at least moderate the symptoms. 

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"Give yourself credit

Sure, maybe you haven’t made that phone call, but you did do something today—maybe you got out of bed. Hey, that’s a start. You can also focus on things that you are able to do. Not every task is impossible.

Set realistic goals

Notice what tasks are still possible, and remember that they may be adjacent to the Impossible Task or a small part of it. Hollingshead says sometimes a simple task may seem impossible because it reminds you of other things: “If I make the bed, then I really need to clean my room, and the dishes have piled up, and the trash needs put out...” So, set a realistic goal: I’ll do the laundry and put some dishes away.

It can be helpful to set a daily schedule of things you can and should do, without overwhelming yourself. Checking off the items on your schedule can help you feel better about what you’ve already accomplished, and they can also help keep your life from spiraling out of control in other areas..."

This is a really great article and should be read by everyone who has ever experienced depression as well as anyone who can pass it on to people it might help. To those who live with sufferers from depression this piece will also go a long way help you deal with the stress and difficulties you may be facing. Please pass it on.

Also read this great post on unrequited love and scroll down to the Amazon link for a really great book on dealing with depression

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