If you ever have had those days when you felt worthless, worthless like you don’t matter and it would be better if you didn’t even exist at all, you might understand what depression is, or maybe, you are already going through it right now. In psychological terms, “depression is a mood or emotional state that is marked by feelings of low self-worth or guilt and a reduced ability to enjoy life”, which describes depression very well but it is not that simple to understand. If you are familiar with this phase of life you might have experienced a lot of other feelings too that you can’t even point your finger to. Depression doesn’t hit everyone the same way, you might have experienced certain things that others didn’t or don’t and vice versa. But no matter how severe or unique your illness might be, there is a common practical treatment for it that you can carry on by yourself—and it is as simple as making a routine.
A routine is all you need to cope with depression. This routine will keep you on track and make you adhere to reality instead of letting you fall deeply into the trap of your own mind. This simple routine should include all the things that you should be doing in a normal day without these haunting thoughts. For example, go through the routine that I followed during the time I was in the same pit:
8 AM – Wake up
8 to 9 AM – Stretch, brush, take a bath, get ready for school/college
9 AM – Have breakfast
9:30 AM – Leave for school/college
12 PM – Have a snack
3:30 PM – Get home and have lunch
4 to 6 PM – Sleep, read, watch TV, play games, or something
6 PM – Have a snack
7 PM – Exercise, take a bath
7:30 to 9 PM – Sleep, read, watch TV, play games, or something
9 PM – Have dinner
9:30 PM – Brush and take vitamins
10 to 11 PM – Read, watch TV, play games, or something
11 PM – Turn off all the electronics and try to fall asleep
This simple routine was healthy for me as I would fall asleep by 12, wake up at 8, get full 8 hours of sleep, eat properly, exercise even, I maintained a healthy circle of friends, I maintained my studies, and slowly with time things kept changing for me. I recommend you to make a routine because it helps you understand how a normal day should be, and if you don’t feel like doing a thing you would have the routine telling you exactly what you should be doing instead of feeling bad for yourself—this becomes a pusher.
However, the highest advantage of making a routine is that you will be able to keep your life in motion. What most people do during the time of depression is that they turn their way around the world and sink into their own dark world that depletes them of their lives. When they do so they don’t think of the future, they don’t understand that it is a phase that goes away in two months, a year, a couple of years, or maybe ten years, but it goes away. When you follow a routine and keep your life in motion, and when the phase is over, you see your whole life just as it was before the depression hit you, and with the new fresh mind you can carry on with your life just where you left it off. But if you don’t keep your life in motion and get drifted away, maybe too far away, it becomes hard for you to put your life back together when the fog clears.
Depression is a vague and deadly illness that can’t be treated by others for you, you have to step up yourself and take the charge to turn your life around. When you make the routine, push yourself to follow it through even if you don’t feel like getting out of your bed—just keep pushing. In two months, a year, a couple of years, or maybe in ten years in life, you might be amazed to think how wrong you are right now.