Usually I have a writing post, but the weather the last several days has thrown me into a depressive spell. A lot of friends right now are going through seasonal depression and I can’t knock that.
But what about those who deal with it all year long?
Yeah, I belong to that club, where sometimes, it’s a struggle to get out of bed in the morning. If you’re with me, you’ll get what I mean when I say you might have brain fog, crave sugar or suddenly stay up for 24-36 hours at a time for no reason. Sometimes, things may not make sense and you’re convinced nothing’s really wrong.
But then there’s the voices in the back of your head, preaching about how impossible things may seem. Your confidence screws with you and you fall into the self pity party. Suddenly the “you’re not good enoughs” start to make more sense than all the accomplishments you’ve done that year.
It’s at this stage that things fall apart and when most people destroy their own lives, without even knowing it.
Most of the time, I’ve seen people give up at this stage, just as they start to make headway with their drafts or goal. I don’t want to see the same happen for you, so here’s a few tips to work through those feelings.
#1. Talk to someone.
It doesn’t matter who it is, but mentors are usually good people. My problem is I hate disturbing them because they’re busy with their own stuff. However, friends or like minded people who support you are key.
#2. Take a mental health day.
You know employees have that too. Why not you? I’ve tried writing during this time and stuff became creepy, blurred and just didn’t stick in my head. Do something fun. Just don’t do it for days, if you know what I mean.
3. Get out of the house.
Being an entrepreneur or working at home writing usually means you don’t commute. Make a habit once or twice a week to get out and do something fun, even if it’s the local library or something free.
4. Stop worrying and be positive.
Easier said than done, but what will worrying solve? A positive outlook will help you get through things faster.
5. Look over your goal list and DO IT.
Even if you can’t tackle something big today, start with something small. Reading to learn a new skill may be all you can do today, but you’ll at least be reaching towards your goal.
Do you have any other ideas for reaching your goals or working through depression? If so, what are they?0