Believe me, I’ve been there, and I’m all too familiar with the fact that doing nothing can lead to feeling stir-crazy. While relaxation is essential, it’s also important to feel accomplished. Just don’t overload yourself when you finally get going. It takes a delicate balance to keep from being overwhelmed.
I was just reading something about how we should stuff our day full of things. Even when we lack motivation. That doing, helps get that motivation. Helps retrain our brain to feel pleasure from activities again.
I do know for a fact, at night just scrolling on the computer I am hit with the deepest, darkest of thoughts. My psychologist tells me to confront them on paper to confront how irrational they are. which I do. However, if I am writing all night… there is no space in my brain for these thoughts in the first place. If I am getting involved in the activities I enjoy again; writing, reading, blogging and so forth then I am keeping myself engaged in things instead of ruminating.
It is a process that has worked with me and primarily it is because my depression stems from my pain. When you are doing nothing, the pain is a beast that eats away at you and then you think about it and think about it … and think some more. Since pain isn’t a wonderful thing to think about, nothing good comes from this thinking process. Nothing at all.
However, in a sense, it is also harder than you might think to do. Motivation is drained away by depression. What you once enjoyed is just flatlined. If the way to do is by doing then we should dip out toes into an activity with ten minutes. If we are not interested in 10 minutes we can put it aside and try again the next day. But usually, ten minutes will stir some interest and get our brains engaged a bit.
You can try new things as well. I read, write, blog. But recently tried adult coloring books. And got back into some video gaming. Extend your passions and try some new activities. Fill your day with things. Work and activities. Keep your brain occupied.
As well as engaging in regular routines. Self-maintenance. House maintenance. Any errands that need to be done.
However, we don’t want to be overwhelmed. Make the tasks that are necessary to be simple, paced and spread out through the week to be easily managed in small portions. Make the activities pleasurable ones you enjoy, or did, and engage in them for at least a half-hour. More if it is boosting your mood to get into something. Get your groove on.
Write in a journal this:
Three things I am grateful for:
One thing I accomplished today:
One goal I have for tomorrow:
Mood from 1-10:
It will keep you focusing on what is good; the grateful and the accomplishment you made as well as focusing on one future goal. The remarks you can express your mood and things you are doing to improve it. Any exercise you are engaging in. What is helping you, hindering you.