What happens when your mood drops
You may have noticed that you have lost interest in some things, or are more tired than normal. You may have noticed that you are more critical of yourself or others.
You might feel hopeless, worthless, or thinking “what’s the point?”
Symptoms of Depression
- Decreased energy
- Difficulty with sleep
- Changes in appetite
- You find it harder than normal to make decisions
- You are more critical of yourself
Depression can feel like some sort of switch that goes off, that only allows you to see the dark side of everything. The dark side of yourself. Your perception of yourself changes, and you become a different person.
Your confidence disappears, and negativity is like a claw in your brain that grabs hold of everything that you do.
You can get so lost in depression, and so fed up and fatigued that it can feel like what is the point of getting help. If you want to feel different, try to see those feelings as a symptom, and force yourself to do some things differently, even if you do not feel like it.
Some things to try
- Get up every morning, even if you do not have. You want to establish a sleep routine again.
- Get up, get showered, and get dressed. You may well have to force yourself to do this, as you might be battling against the “what’s the point” statements in your head. Accept the thoughts, and carry on, getting showered and dressed.
- If you are a woman, get out of the comfy clothes! You really will not feel like this, but do your hair, your make-up. Sorry this sounds like some sort of 1950’s woman’s magazine, I don’t mean it to! But if you would have previously taken some pride in your appearance, do it again. It is all about doing lots of small things together to change how you are feeling.
- Exercise every day, even if it is only a 10 minute walk
- Lay off the booze
I am sure those statements may sound ridiculous, they are not meant that way. If I were in front of you now, they would have been said with compassion.
Watch out for the claw in your brain that wants to turn all your thoughts negative. These thoughts; see them for what they are, they are just reflecting the emotion that you feel in your body, and that is all.
Pay close attention to.
I’m useless, worthless, no good, or whatever names you label yourself inside your head. Stop doing it. Just because your mood is affected that does not mean you are any of things you label yourself. It is a symptom, that is all, it is not an accurate reflection of you as a person.
If you are mood is dipping and depression has not yet taken hold, forcing yourself to do the things you normally would have done, may be enough.
If depression has already enveloped you, you more than likely need more than a series of tips! But take this next bit in
Depression is not you, it is something that is happening to you at the moment; a series of events cause depression.
By events I do not mean actual things happening in your life, as most of the people that I work with, struggle with the fact that ‘they have nothing to be depressed about.’
Unfortunately depression doesn’t work that way. The series of events that I am talking about are habitual processes occurring in your brain, and the end result is depression.
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