The toughest part of when a wave of depression hits is the energy that it literally sucks right out of me. What otherwise are automated tasks in life like getting out of bed, eating, or showering all of a sudden become the most challenging. One thing that has helped me since I was 15 years old is a visible list of small things I can do throughout the day. The list changes over the years, but the impact has been the same. ⠀
Some reflections on the impact this has had in my life: ⠀
❁I've learned to trust this list over time. When my early signals kick in, I walk right over to it and pick whatever feels right. This could look like making a cup of chai, listening to @jackjohnson
, scribbling with some colours, looking at pictures and videos of my nephew, or going for a walk around the block.
❁ This list helps me redefine what productivity is and what a successful day looks like. These tasks are no less valuable than anything else on my to-do list. Actually, I've learned that this list is more important to me than anything else. ⠀
❁I've adopted this list to different circumstances in my life. A general self-care list, an indoor activity list to navigate social distancing, and a list for the office that focuses on taking breaks from the computer.
❁ Be creative and welcome in change. You are an evolving being, let your list evolve as well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
❁ I was first introduced to this by an incredible mental health worker that supported 15-year-old me through some pretty tough times. I'm thinking about her today🌻.