Needing some tips to be productive with depressed?
How often has it happened that your counselor has told you that you have to “retrain your brain” or “combat the symptoms”. While this is all true counselors- including myself- do not always give details on what that means.
When a depressive episode is severe it can limit one to their bed, cause worthlessness, hopelessness, lack of hygiene and many more symptoms that limit productivity. Yet again no one is telling you how to be productive when you are depressed.
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Allow me to alleviate some stress by informing you of some things you can do to ensure you are productive even in the face of depression.
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Tip #1 How To Be Productive With Depression: Be Proactive
Know what you need to do the next time you get depressed instead of reacting after the fact. Although you take your medication as you should, you show to therapy and see your doctor routinely, there is more. There will still be a time when you may have an episode and you need a relapse prevention plan for when or if it happens.
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Tip #2 How To Be Productive With Depression: First Things First
Set boundaries with yourself and prioritize to be most productive when depressed. Tell people “no” and limit access to yourself while you are in a vulnerable state. Although easier said than done, let your motivation be the success of the friendship or relationship.
The more you pour into others the less you have for yourself. Put yourself first by knowing which activities you absolutely need to do to remain productive while depressed. The best quote I have heard and used “If you can’t say no then your yes’s mean nothing”.
I know from day to day there are many task that need to be accomplished. However, you need to focus on what actually needs to be done in order to remain productive while depressed. Focus on assignments, hygiene and other task that are important and urgent.
Tip #3 How To Be Productive With Depression: Do The Hard Stuff First
As you think of the task you must get done, tackle the hard activities first to ensure productivity. Of the task that need to be completed identify which is the hardest, do that first! While depressed it can be difficult to tap into energy and motivation to get thing done.
Although not depressed, I too lack motivation, energy and do not want to get out of bed. What I noticed helped my clients- and myself- is getting up knowing the activities that need to be done and knowing I do not have to accomplish it all.
It is true that you need coping skills, therapy and medication. You also need a plan, boundaries, limited task and self care activities
What helps you when you need to be productive but are depressed?