So about a month ago I set myself some goals based on the WikiHow page for ‘How To Deal With Depression’. The page had a section called ‘Making Lifestyle Changes’ and I set myself six different goals based on the six different pieces of advice. For the most part, I’ve managed to complete my goals, and my lifestyle is much healthier for my mind and body than it was a month ago, but there is still plenty to improve upon! So now I want to revisit all six sections, and set new and more challenging goals.
Your sleeping patterns are incredibly important for a happy, healthy life. I want to be getting up earlier, by nine o clock every morning, and I want to stop being so connected to my electronics before going to sleep. So I will set my alarm in the evening, and then leave my phone on the other side of the room. This way I won’t stay on Instagram for ages after going to bed, and I’ll need to get out of bed in the morning to turn my alarm off. I’ve used this technique before and found it very effective.
Last month I simply put ‘climbing a mountain’, which I have done several times since. I’ve been quite happy about the goal because completing it feels like such a great accomplishment, but this time I want a smaller goal, as I want something which I can do every day. So this time I’m going to find an exercise video on Youtube, and complete that every morning after waking up at 9!
The bar was set pretty low last month, and my goal was simply to cook my family one healthy meal, which I have done. But here as well I want something which isn’t just a one-off, but a daily commitment. So I’ll make myself a smoothie every day.
4. Personal Hygiene
I’m pleased to say that I’m much better at doing the essentials here. The subject is so horrible for me to discuss because I feel quite ashamed, but after all: something I want to do on this blog is to break taboos, and luckily I’m writing under a pseudonym so no matter. I think it is probably something which people who are depressed struggle quite a lot with, but do not very often admit to. Anyway: If I’m feeling low I’m often overcome by lethargy and I’ll quite easily skip on brushing my teeth or having a shower. It’s a terribly unattractive side of depression, and I don’t want it to be a part of my life anymore. So now I want to have a shower every morning.
5. Personal Network
I’m very lucky in that I have a great family, and a really good network of friends. My goal now will be to reach out to someone every day. It doesn’t matter what, it can be answering a Facebook message, seeing someone in person, writing a letter, whatever, so long as I engage in human interaction every day.
I can see that my goals now have set an intention for my mornings, waking up at nine, then exercising and showering every day. I think this will set a really great precedent for my days, so I very much hope I’ll be able to stick to it.