Many people wake up in the morning and think, “what’s the point?” Or they may feel such overwhelming sadness, anxiety, heaviness, etc. that it seems impossible to get out of bed. Below are a few tips to help you get out of bed:
- Stay Hydrated: Drinking some water can bring about some mental clarity, especially if you’re dehydrated.
- Meditate: Do a short (5-10 min) meditation, such as The Daily Calm on the Calm app or the Meditation Minis podcast. These can help to encourage a sense of presence, acceptance, and readiness for the day.
- Think About the Benefits of Getting Up, and Whether Staying in Bed Would Be Helpful:
- What is something that could entice you to get up in the morning? Getting a cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop? Going on a walk and listening to a good podcast?
- Ask yourself, would staying in bed make me feel better?
- Start Off Small:
- Wiggle your fingers and toes
- Make larger movement with your limbs
- Now try sitting up by propping yourself up with your pillow.
- Now move your legs to the side of the bed.
- Finally, stand up, taking all the time you need. You’re up! Praise yourself for doing something difficult.
*Note: it is very easy to judge yourself for not being able to get out of bed, or taking small steps to get out. Try to find some way to reassure yourself that you are struggling with depression right now, and you are doing your best. Just as if you had a broken leg, you are taking extra time to do things, and that is OK.