If you are someone who struggles with depression, or you know someone who does,
then you are aware of how it takes a toll on your life. One significant way it affects you is
with your work, or anything you need to get done. It’s truly hard to just do everyday
tasks, and much less trying to move forward with your goals. But there is hope! Here are
some tips for being productive when you are suffering from depression.
1- Learn Relaxation Techniques
This type of natural “remedy” for depression is not going to cure it, but what it can do is
help you to relax and practice breathing techniques that at least get you through the
work that needs to be done. When you are feeling like all you can manage is to sleep or
maybe take a shower, but even that would take a lot of work, try deep breathing
exercises. These will let you put aside all your thoughts for the time being, and only
focus on your breathing. It is often a good distraction that will let you at least get up and
get something done.
2- Set Short-Term Goals
Thinking about what you will be doing a year, 5 or 10 years from now can seen almost
impossible when you have depression. Instead of stressing yourself out with long-term
goals, stick to very short-term goals instead. This means things you can do today or
next week or have done in the next month. It allows you to focus on a smaller amount of
things, and simple tasks you will good about completing. What is one thing you can get
done this week that will help you move forward? Do that, and don’t worry about the rest
3- Be with Inspiring People
You know that when you have depression, it is important to have a good support
system. Aside from that, you should have a circle of people who inspire you to be better
and more productive. Don’t spend your time with friends who party too much and tend
to encourage behaviors that aren’t healthy for your mind. You need people around you
who constantly support you in positive ways to do better, even with your depression.
4- Give Yourself Time
Don’t try to push yourself too much, or during those times when you wind down and try
to relax, all of your depressive thoughts can come rushing back to you with a
vengeance. Take it slow, pick a few tasks that help you to move forward, and give
I hope you can apply these tips, and improve your productivity.
See you soon,