Have you been feeling sad for a while now? Are plates piling up at bedside and showers a necessity? Has it sickened you, deeply, that you haven’t phoned a friend in weeks but you just cannot seem to snap out of it. Well, seeing as there is no such switch, here are 5 easy steps to changing your life. On your own. In just 24 hours.
But first. Over the next 24 hours, you have my permission to ignore the laundry climbing your walls. Then feel free to apply that concept to all things unsanitary in your surroundings, such as the kids bathroom and possibly your hair. That’s thoughts for another day.
Second. Let go of all nagging thoughts. None of it matters today. Hakuna Matata. Namaste. No problem, Mon. Pick your favorite phrase and let your worries die down. Because you are ready for your 5 easy steps?
Here goes …
Step 1. Set your alarm for a time in the morning that you are likely to awaken. You wont need a clock for this step because your mental timing and cracked circadian rhythm will do. So set your mind to waking in 8- 12 hours. This will give you something to look forward to … or be afraid of. And these, by golly, are emotions that studies have shown, strike that, life and common sense have shown are new emotions that replace sadness.
Step 2. Mentally locate your most comfortable shoe and clothing. You may even set them aside at this time. Searching for apparel is a known morning frustration that leads to returning to bed so skip the morning drama. Plan ahead your comfy wear because tomorrow is very near. No shopping required.
Step 3. Take your night pills. Those vitamins that you bought won’t take themselves. So whether it be your SamE, sleeping pill or SSRI, set yourself up for morning success by prepping your body. Rest is coming up as one of the 5 steps so be ready for a rejuvenating rest. In this step, you may also benefit from a soothing cup of chamomile or lemon balm tea. And in case you were wondering, now is not the time to take a stimulant. So no caffeine, nootropics or those pills you purchased online for energy boosting for at least 8 hours prior to resting. Additionally, skip any over the counter medications that may make you feel drowsy in the morning.
Step 4. Go to bed. Those words are music to my ears and to many who suffer from depression. This recommendation however is a means to an end. The end of depression. But more than likely, this is where that nagging feeling returns. What if I can’t sleep? What if I wake up too late? What if there’s a spider in my room? Scroll back to the top of this post where I said Hakuna Matata. We do want this first 24 hours to work. But if it doesn’t. You’ll get another one. So get some rest.
Step 5. The big finale. The one you’ve been waiting for. The cure of all cures. The mother of all … ok, I will get on with it.
Step 5. Simply go outside. Put on those comfortable shoes (Flip flops. Florsheims. Fubu. It doesn’t matter) and those comfy clothes and march your unbrushed teeth and need-a-bath body out the front door. We need no deterant to getting out the door, at this step, aside from getting dressed. Why? Because there’s nothing quite like the dread of brushing your teeth when in the grips of depression. So forgataboutit! Do it later. Tomorrow. Soon.
Be it winter or warm weather, studies have shown (seriously this time) that sunshine and fresh air does a mind and body good. So take this step seriously and plan your outing!
What will you do outside? My favorite is nothing by the beach. But you can go crazy and walk all the way around the block or better yet, a stroll in the park or just sit on your front door steps. Next thing you know, you will be signed up for country line dancing and running a half marathon. Hey, it’s been known to happen.
So there you have it. 5 easy steps to overcoming depression in 24 hours.
Want more easy steps, try the 8 laws of health: the NEWSTART principles. This website can tell you more: https://www.heavenpreparation.org/the-8-laws-of-health
I would love to hear how you did. Leave me a comment. Drop me a line. Follow my blog. Just be sure to take care of yourself. And remember. Rome wasn’t built in … 24 hours. It took a lot of persistent work over a long time period. So just stick with it and improve on every 24 hours that you are given. Call your doctor or mental health professional for additional care.