Are you finding that more and more you are feeling depressed in the morning? Is the current stay at home situation making it difficult for you to not feel full of hopelessness and despair?
Or perhaps, even before all of this started, you found yourself waking up and feeling depressed in the morning, which tended, more often than not, to sabotage your day?
Waking up and feeling depressed is a horrible thing. It messes with the rest of our day and makes us miss out on a whole lot of living.
So, what do you do if you are feeling depressed in the morning?
Here are 5 things you should do if you feel depressed in the morning:
1. Get out of bed.
The most important thing to do if you are feeling depressed in the morning is to GET OUT OF BED.
The emphasis that I put on this small action is because it is so important.
When we are depressed, our inclination is to stay in bed, under the warm covers. And yes, sleep feels really good when we are depressed but the toxic thoughts that rear their ugly head are not.
When you are feeling depressed in the morning and you can’t get up the energy to get out of bed, do your thoughts go to dark places? Do you start ruminating about everything that is wrong with your life? Do you think about what a loser you are? How you will always be alone? How lazy you are that you can’t even get out of bed?
The longer that you stay in bed, listening to those damaging thoughts in your head, the more depressed you will get. So, get out of bed.
How? I have a number of friends who have some great ideas about how to get out of bed and stay out of bed. Get out of bed to go to the bathroom and then strip your bed of your sheets. Or remove the mattress from the box spring. Or cover your bed with junk. Whatever it takes so that you will not sink yourself back into that cozy den of dark thoughts.
So, GET OUT OF BED. If you don’t, your depression will definitely stay with you for the rest of the day, if not longer.
2. Take a shower.
Believe it or not, taking a shower can be an excellent cause for some relief if you are feeling depressed in the morning.
There are a few reasons why. The first is that taking a shower is something that people do on a day that is going to be productive – i.e. when they are seeing friends or going to work. Taking a shower will send a signal to your brain that today is not a day to stay home depressed but to go out in the world, whether you need to or not.
Also, scientific research has shown that hot (and cold) water can be a great anti-depressant. I know that a hot shower, with a cold rinse, or a hot bath can make all the difference for me on a depressing day.
So, take a shower. Wash your hair. Get yourself presentable and ready for your day!
Want to know more about what you can do to stop feeling depressed? Read Do These 5 Things Next Time You Feel Depressed
3. Eat Breakfast.
I know. You are depressed and the last thing in the world that you want to do is eat anything, much less breakfast.
Eating when you are depressed is an essential tool for lifting your depression. Your body, and your brain, don’t function optimally when it has no fuel. When you wake up in the morning and your fuel tank is empty, the chances of you jumping out of bed and feeling 100% are slim to none.
So, after your shower, put something in your stomach. Something that will give your brain and your body the energy to face the day and get you out of the house and living.