You may have seen me inundate your timeline with selfies lately, this is because I had an idea to motivate myself to get up and do things regularly.
Every day, I take a photo of myself and post on twitter and instagram along with a little bit of writing about what I have planned for the day.
I am now on day 11 of this practice and I can't begin to tell you the difference it has made to me. One of the big problems I have when I'm struggling with depression is I'm not very good at being kind to myself. I lock myself away, I don't concern myself with my appearance and just let things slide from there.
This has worked as I feel the momentum I have built up and it pushes me on even when i feel a bit low, every day I have to get up and take a picture of myself out and about. It means;
A) I have to get up and get out, and it will be noticeable if i don't do it.
B) I have to consider my appearance, If i posted photos in the same clothes for 5 days straight that would be very noticeable, and when I struggle those are things that sometimes happen. Now when I get up I stop and think about making myself look nice, and this probably has all kinds of knock on effects throughout my day.
It has also meant that I have to think about what I'm going to do with my day and plan ahead, these have all been great helps when I have woken up feeling low energy in the morning.
Also because I have broken the habit of doing nothing, my days have become much more productive. because I make a conscious effort to get up and do things I'm not losing half my day being in bed. I've been more active and gone to the gym more which has in turn given me more energy. I most likely wouldn't have started writing this blog without that first step.
Also about midway through the first week, I started smiling in the photos, this happened naturally. I just did it one day, and when people noticed it encouraged me to keep it up.
I just want to quickly say thankyou to anyone that has responded to these posts and encouraged me, it has made the world of difference and I feel much better for it.
If you have struggles of your own, I can't recommend doing this enough, lets all cheer each other on as we get better.