Savings

By someone who is depressed - 19/01/2023 05:00 - United States

Today, I've found that the water bill has been much lower than usual as of late. I then realized that this is because I'm so depressed and hardly get out at all, that I've stopped showering or even taking care of myself in general. Who do I have to impress, anyway? FML
I agree, your life sucks 766
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Same thing different taste

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Listen. Take it from someone who’s also currently struggling with this exact problem: that’s the depression talking. It’s trying to drag you down with it. Don’t listen to its lying ass. Taking a shower and changing into clean clothes sure as heck won’t fix everything, but it helps you feel a *little* better. And sometimes that can be a really big accomplishment. Getting a small win in so you can chip away at the bigger issue.

I’m someone who struggles with depression (specifically very extreme seasonal affective disorder) and I know how difficult it can be. However, I’ve found a few things can really make a difference in the severity of it: 1. No matter what, making my bed soon as I get up: doesn’t matter if I wake up in the morning or get up at 4pm, I still make my bed. 2. Trying to shower regularly regardless of going out: as another person mentioned, it can make you feel a bit better. 3. Vitamin D supplements: taking 2,000-10,000 IUs for several weeks, then lowering to 1,000 IU can really help (this sometimes is enough to help people feel better however, sometimes medical intervention is also necessary) 4. Exercise: even doing some jumping jacks, squats, push ups, or getting up and running in one spot during commercial breaks. Any little bit will help boost your mood. Literally 5 minutes a day will make a noticeable improvement within a couple days. Whatever you do, just don’t give up. This too shall pass.

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Listen. Take it from someone who’s also currently struggling with this exact problem: that’s the depression talking. It’s trying to drag you down with it. Don’t listen to its lying ass. Taking a shower and changing into clean clothes sure as heck won’t fix everything, but it helps you feel a *little* better. And sometimes that can be a really big accomplishment. Getting a small win in so you can chip away at the bigger issue.

Take all the money you saved and invest in a psychologist.

I’m someone who struggles with depression (specifically very extreme seasonal affective disorder) and I know how difficult it can be. However, I’ve found a few things can really make a difference in the severity of it: 1. No matter what, making my bed soon as I get up: doesn’t matter if I wake up in the morning or get up at 4pm, I still make my bed. 2. Trying to shower regularly regardless of going out: as another person mentioned, it can make you feel a bit better. 3. Vitamin D supplements: taking 2,000-10,000 IUs for several weeks, then lowering to 1,000 IU can really help (this sometimes is enough to help people feel better however, sometimes medical intervention is also necessary) 4. Exercise: even doing some jumping jacks, squats, push ups, or getting up and running in one spot during commercial breaks. Any little bit will help boost your mood. Literally 5 minutes a day will make a noticeable improvement within a couple days. Whatever you do, just don’t give up. This too shall pass.

My Dr recommended a SAD lamp (10,000lux minimum, about £20 on Amazon) and as sceptical as I was, it's actually really helped this year. I also second the vitamin D advice. It took 6 months on prescription supplements to fix my deficiency and the difference it made was more than measurable. Mentally, physically, it was eye opening. Personally I think it should be one of the very first things Drs should check when someone comes in with Depression. Also, the darker someone's skin, the less vitamin D is produced naturally. So if you are more than olive complexion and depressed then *definitely* go get your levels checked. I went from suicidally non functional with serious joint and muscle pain, constant brain fog and the shakes to just 'normally' depressed but generally functional again in 7 months. It doesn't cure depression (unless D deficiency is the sole problem) but it REALLY effin' helps. This cannot be stressed enough. Especially for night shift workers (the lamps really help here) as well as people who don't/can't get out much as their body needs them to. There's a call in the British medical literature to get Vitamin D reclassified as a Hormone. That's how important it is for the body and brain to function properly and most clinically depressed people are deficient. Sorry to splurge but this is one of my 'everyone needs to know this' subjects. It's so fundermentally important but so abjectly overlooked by the medical and mental health professions.