It can be really difficult to get out of a slump—and when you’re in the middle of it, it can feel like it will never end. With depression, I know it can feel like doing anything is too hard…but just surviving the moment looks really hard, too.
Recently I realized that I have some things that really do help with a low mood, and that getting myself to do something can help me survive the moment—and can even help change how I’m feeling. I’ve put together a list of these things (in part just to remind myself!), and I’m sharing them with you.
1. Taking a walk
4. Going to the gym
5. Talking to someone I love
6. Spending time outside
7. Focusing on the moment: Thinking about what I see and hear, and trying to let thoughts just “drift” past
8. Going to a workout class
9. Looking at my to-do list and picking anything that sounds even remotely appealing, and working on it
10. Watching a comedy
12. Hanging out with a friend
13. Naming things I’m grateful for
14. Looking up jokes online
16. Taking a hot shower
18. Listing the little triumphs of the day and what’s gone well
19. Taking some deep breaths
Of course, these are things that work for me. I hope you try some out the next time you’re especially low, but also that you start making your own go-to “survival” list.