“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” —Anne Frank
Other than my wife and mother-in-law, everybody likes a few extra minutes laying in bed. When the alarm sounds, the only thing more agonizing than the wretched noise is the idea of leaving the nighttime warmth for the morning chill. It’s even harder for those with depression.
When you’re depressed, it can feel inconceivable to get up and get out. Hours and even days can be spent in bed as you pray to be swallowed by the mattress, and though you get up here or there, you’ll never part with your beloved sweats. But just like you can’t live life on the sidelines, you can’t live it in bed either.
For the next seven days, challenge yourself to get up as soon as you crack eyelids. Drag yourself out of bed by pure will or trick yourself by putting your phone across the room. No matter how you do it, try. Get up.
And then, get out. Sometimes I feel like a cartoon that wears the same thing everyday–sweatpants and a T-shirt. However, if I force myself to shower and get dressed right away (and actually wear real clothes), I find that I’m often more productive, positive, and open to leaving the house.
Progressive steps against depression are often so reactionary, and therefore less helpful. Try being proactive against the threats of depression instead, and start by seizing the day. Don’t forget to celebrate the small victories, and don’t put too much unnecessary pressure on yourself. You are free to be free.
As I write this, it’s 10:00 A.M. I’m not showered, and I am once again sporting my favorite sweatpant shorts and blue T-shirt. That said, I’m going to shower now and try to scrub off this hypocrisy.
Seriously, though, try getting up and out for seven days. I will too…starting tomorrow. Keep me posted on what you find?