Depression is not merely sadness or being upset for a while. It lasts for months or years. It is like being dragged deeper into a pitch black well by an invisible force.
What does suffering from Depression feel like?
The mind gets wallowed in an overwhelming state of intense pain. One is left with only hopelessness and guilt. Their self-worth is shattered to the extent that Death can seem like the only way to escape!
- Changes in sleep, lack of appetite and feeling exhausted are pretty common complaints.
- Loss of interest, difficulty in making a decision and concentrating makes it harder to deal with.
- One’s everyday life goes haywire. This includes the ability of self-care or personal hygiene.
Depression leaves one with nothing but hopelessness and guilt. One’s self-worth is shattered to the extent that Death may seem to be the only way to escape!
It is the loss of interest in yourself that easily makes stop caring about personal hygiene. Getting out of bed, cleaning oneself and the room turns into the most difficult tasks to do. The person suffering from Depression would feel embarrassed and disgusted with himself- especially when others start pointing out the stink from their body or their unkempt hair. This can lead to completely shutting oneself into a room and avoiding everyone altogether.
How can you care for yourself while fighting Depression?
While Behavioural Therapy can help in getting back on track, self-care is just as important:-
- Since getting out of bed is difficult, keeping a few things on the bedside table like a mouthwash to clean mouth, using facial wipes to clean face, a comb to brush hair, deodorant or talcum powder to put on armpits is a start.
- Once it is manageable to get out of bed, using a wet towel to wipe arms, legs then the whole body is another progress.
- Cleaning a small portion of the room instead of the whole of it, like cleaning or folding the clothes in one shelf for Day 1, the next shelf on Day 2 and so on will work.
- Keeping a checklist of these tasks can work both as a reminder and also as a motivational boost to see how much is accomplished in a day.
- Asking family or friends to help works too.
People who are taking care of others go on with daily life by reminding themselves, “It is my responsibility.” However, others will find it difficult to stay motivated. Many will find it frustrating to notice that the rate of finishing tasks is slower and takes a lot of time. Some others may not manage to stick to the routine and will often keep on quitting. That is completely alright. Taking care of oneself during an illness is no easy feat.
We may thus conclude that Depression ruins one’s ability to attend to self-care. Nevertheless, this scenario can be changed with patience, determination and the right kind of help.
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