Thank God it’s Friday! It’s been such a long week for me and I’m glad my Saturday is almost here so I can relax and sit around doing nothing. Nicer weather is finally moving in, the temperature is rising, and I’m starting to see buds on trees again. The winter is so long and hard and for those of us who have seasonal depression, it can be a major energy drainer!
For those of you who have been following my job hunt, you know how hard this winter has been on me and my search for my first “big girl” job. I’ve been so depressed about it for the last few months that some days I barely get out of bed (only to get chocolate). I just lay there thinking about what a “failure” I am and how I could have done things differently. Real productive, right? When you’re depressed though, you don’t have the energy to do much of anything else. It’s as if your body is slowly shutting down.
I saw my career counselor yesterday and she gave me some great advice. She told me I won’t be able to get a job if I don’t have the energy to go out and look for one. After telling her that I lack energy in general, she asked me about my diet and habits during the day. Apparently, eating carbs and sitting around feeling sorry for myself is unhealthy. She gave me a list of things that I now have to force myself to do during the day in order to feel better and I’m sharing it with you.
5 Ways to Feel Energized
1. Eat a healthy(er) diet
I just hated hearing this one. Spinach doesn’t make me happy and neither does cucumber, but it certainly makes my body feel great. I notice a huge difference when I’m eating things filled with nutrients as compared to when I gorge on Oreos. My counselor told me to eat more fruit and detox with some lemon water.
2. Go outside
Spending time outdoors is a mental booster. After being cooped up in the house all winter, getting some sun and breathing in clean air helps release more endorphins.
3. Exercise your muscles
I don’t have to go lift weights or run a 10k, but I do need to get more physical activity and so do you. I hate “working out” for so many reasons, but mainly because the term alone implies so many undesirable things. Exercising my muscles just sounds so much better. I certainly enjoy going to the gym and trying out different machines and doing new exercises. I also enjoy my Wii Fit. Find an activity you enjoy and get at it!
4. Do something for yourself
Since I’m no longer shopping (see previous post), doing something for myself can no longer include buying a cute new dress. As my counselor suggested, I’m going to start getting an iced coffee at Starbucks once a week and sitting outside to update my Pinterest. If you enjoy a similar activity or even something totally different, do it weekly!
5. Put makeup on
I haven’t been wearing my makeup much and for a girly-girl like me, it indicates a serious problem. Putting on my makeup means that I’m confident and ready for the day. More than that, it makes me feel pretty! Even though it’s hard, try to get out of bed and put on some lipstick. It’ll make you feel better.
Some people need more help than this and really need professional opinions and suggestions. The depths of depression people find themselves in shouldn’t be blown off or laughed at. We haven’t been in each other’s shoes and therefore cannot judge what we don’t know.