I clicked on a link and there it was.
“We are a spectacular compilation of little victories that exist in the face of odds, not in our favor.” Kate Speer
“The Positively Kate Depression-Busting Routine.” Read The entire article.
Reading this was exactly what I needed this morning.
Kate’s routine begins by celebrating getting out of bed. Believe it or not, the hardest part of my day is getting out of bed. I was never like that. How is that possible now? This is such a change from the old me. Kate celebrates her getting out of bed by dancing. I will try that.
I go back and forth each morning about when I will get out of bed.
If the alarm is set, I am getting better about not using the snooze button. But that can be a crutch, too. If I avail myself of that extra 9 minutes in bed, then I am pushed and pressed to get everything done before I leave for work.
If I have worked late and am home after midnight, I justify staying in bed by saying “well, I got in late and I really need 8 hours of sleep.” However, my internal alarm is going off at 6:30 AM, 7:00 AM, and by 7:30 AM I am facing a decision.
The guilt begins to pile up on one side of the scale.
It is telling me I am wasting the day, and I should be ashamed of myself for just laying around. After all, I am awake, so why am I not being productive? Why am I not getting up?
The other side of the scale has me thinking about the need for proper sleep. I frame it in terms of self-care and getting a good rest each day. I envision statistics that support me staying in bed up to 8 ½ hours.
In addition, I hear the cat in the next room yowling for his breakfast.
My dog is nuzzling around the middle of the bed, hoping I will get up so she can move over and put her head on the warm pillow. And did I mention I need to pee? All this plays out in my head just about every morning.
I need a better “Morning Depression-Busting Routine.”
In truth, I need a spectacular compilation of little victories. I need to recognize all the things I do and spend my time there. Spending my time with the “you could-a, should-a” things I am not doing is eating into my positive energy. It is keeping me from looking at my life in a more celebratory fashion.
We all must balance the scales in our head in order to function. Understanding how our little victories tilt the scale towards positiveness is what I am taking form this article.
What is your morning routine?
Thank you for your article, I found you through Healthline and will continue to follow. My MDD has been getting so overwhelming lately so I’ve changed providers and I’m changing things up a bit. This is such a roller coaster way of life, just when I feel better here we go again. Cindy M.
Depression Is Not My Boss says
Cindy, action is one of the hardest things to do when dealing with MDD. You should take pride in being a positive advocate for yourself. Having struggled with this “roller coaster way of life” for years myself, I can identify with the ups and downs. Your courage to go forward is inspiring. Thank you for sharing and keep in touch.