The Importance of Self-Care
When dealing with depression, taking care of yourself can feel like a pointless chore. Unfortunately, indulging in this feeling will only serve to worsen your condition. As difficult as it may seem, try to keep up with your regular daily tasks— even if it is only a simplified version of them. Get out of bed, eat three meals a day, exercise, and go to bed at a reasonable hour. Maintaining some structure in your life will help you feel more productive, and in time you may find yourself with more energy to perform more intensive tasks.
Most importantly, make sure you seek treatment from a skilled therapist. Some people are hesitant to seek treatment for depression because they don’t want to take antidepressants. Rest assured that, while medications can be a helpful addition to therapy, no credible depression psychologist would use them as the driving force behind treatment for depression. Talking about depression and teaching patients skills they can use to identify and manage depression is the best way to tackle the issue. Take the time to find a therapist you trust and can speak openly with so you can feel confident you are receiving the best care possible.