AS@W Antidepressant Skills Workbook: Heling You Deal With Depression
Reactivating your life

Reactivating your life

During depression, most people don’t do the things that normally keep their mood positive.

But if you stop taking care of yourself or doing the things you normally like, your life becomes more dull and depressing. Although it can feel as though you are comforting yourself by being less active, in fact you are probably helping the depression get worse. In other words:

Depression <-> Inactivity

Depression leads to inactivity, but inactivity makes depression worse. What seems like a good coping strategy actually tends to maintain or intensify depression. The solution: don’t wait until you feel like doing more. Waiting actually makes it less likely that you will get better. And don’t wait until you feel motivated – as you get better, you will regain a sense of motivation. Action starts first, motivation kicks in later. Setting goals to increase your activity level is a powerful method for managing depression.

The aim is to gradually get yourself moving even though you might not feel like it. These are the steps to gradually reactivating your life.


Next: Step 1