Not being able to maintain personal hygiene is a reality for many people suffering from depression. When it’s hard to simply get out of bed, taking a shower or brushing teeth can seem like an impossible task. It is important to remember that you are not lazy or gross; you are just struggling right now.
Try your best to take even small steps to maintain personal hygiene. These small steps can help you feel better physically and more accomplished mentally. The following hygiene hacks can help.
There are a number of ways to keep breath fresh and your mouth relatively clean when you haven’t been able to brush your teeth. These include:
Not being able to keep up with activities such as brushing your hair may bring up a lot of emotions, like shame, embarrassment, and sadness. It might help to know these issues are actually quite common, as we see in this article. Here are the general steps for detangling “depression hair” (may vary slightly depending on hair type):
1. Prepare yourself: this may take a while and some hair could fall out, which could be difficult. Make the environment as soothing as possible by brightening the room, utilizing paced breathing (the breathwrk app is great for this), and turning on music that makes you feel good.
2. Get your equipment together: You will need:
3. Begin detangling.
4. Consider going to a professional hairdresser/barber: it may difficult to untangle all the matted hair. Also if energy and concentration is low, going to a professional from the get-go might be the preferred decision.
Feeling depressed and low on energy but still thinking about cleaning a bit. Awesome job already. Here are a few tips that might help during this tough time:
If you have a bit more energy to tackle cleaning- woohooo! Here are some tips for that initial de-clutter.
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