If you are one of the people who live with chronic depression in your life on a daily basis, then you will be pleased to learn that there are some simple things that you can do to make your life a little bit easier each day. As you well know, improving even the smallest aspects of your day can greatly improve your mood and overall functioning ability.
Follow these practical tips to improve your day-to-day life while living with the effects of chronic depression:
Keep Hygiene Items Next to Your Favorite Chair or Near Your Bed
If you often struggle to accomplish tasks such as brushing your teeth or plucking your eyebrows, then you should keep the necessary supplies near your favorite chair or your bed, as well as in your bathroom and anywhere else you spend a lot of time.
Since your depression makes you tell yourself that you cannot brush or floss your teeth right now because it takes too much of an effort to walk to the bathroom, you will no longer give yourself this excuse when you have all of the necessary supplies right next to where you are sitting. It is much easier to reach over and grab a pair of tweezers and a hand mirror to pluck your eyebrows than it is to go somewhere else to find the supplies.
Keep duplicates of the following items in various places in your home for easy access and use:
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- dental floss
- nail clippers
- small scissors
- a mirror
- a trashcan to prevent garbage from accumulating
In addition, you should keep supplies for your favorite craft project or pastime. For example, if you find knitting to be a calming activity, then you should keep needles and balls of yarn within reach of anywhere you spend a lot of time in your home. This will encourage you to take part in creative things that can help elevate your mood naturally.
Make Yourself Go Outside Every Single Day
Finally, even if you only walk outside your back door and stand in the sunshine for a few minutes, your body needs the vitamin D that is produced by your exposure with the sun's rays. If you do not leave your home for days-on-end, you are actually making your depression worse by depriving your body of vitamin D. Solve this by working a trip outside into your morning or afternoon routine and force yourself to go out and breathe the fresh air and soak up the healthy sunbeams for a few minutes.
For more information, contact a doctor likeDr. Stephen Brown & Associates.