Depression can majorly screw with your sleep patterns and energy levels (for more info, check out this and this blog post). For my clients, this often shows up as difficulty getting up and out of bed in the morning. I find that most of my clients fall into at least one of the following three categories:
In all three of these scenarios, depression is messing with their energy levels - but in completely different ways!
Regardless of what’s keeping you in bed, the following tried-and-true strategies will get you feeling better and up and at ‘em in no time!
[Click here to watch my video - 3 TIPS TO HELP YOU GET OUT OF BED WHEN YOU’RE DEPRESSED]
What to do if you still can’t get out of bed:
Say you tried all of the above strategies but you still can’t get out of bed - now what?
I am about to say something that most mental health coaches will never say:
If you try and try and try and still can’t get out of bed - then stay in bed.
There is nothing wrong about being in bed. You’re not hurting yourself or anyone else. You’re not “behind” or “lazy” or “gross” any of the other awful things you could come up with to say about yourself.
You’re in bed because your mind and body need you to be. You may need extra rest, you may need to be away from stimulation, you may need to feel comforted in your favorite sheets. Whatever the need, the best thing you can do for yourself is honor that need, without self-judgment. As long as you come from a place of self love and compassion, your body and mind will get up when they’re ready. There’s no need to put pressure on healing.
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If you read last week’s post, you know how depression majorly screws with our sleeping patterns. Quality sleep is crucial for everyone but is especially important for business owners (and mega-especially important for business owners with mental illness). High-quality sleep can keep fatigue at bay and make sure you have enough brainpower and energy to get things done. Here’s how to get a good night’s sleep, even if mental illness has you tossing and turning.
If you have trouble falling asleep at night:
If you tend to wake up in the middle of the night:
What other sleep tips would you add to this list? Leave a comment below!
We all know sleep is important for energy, concentration, and motivation – especially when building a business. Unfortunately, quality sleep can sometimes be hit or miss for those of us living with depression. Sometimes we sleep too much, sometimes we sleep too little (or not at all), but a lot of the time, we're left tired and unenthusiastic about the day ahead of us. What's up with that?
Turns out, a lot is up with it. Not only does depression cause poor sleep, but poor sleep can worsen depressive symptoms. Read on to discover how sleep and depression screw with each other (and be sure to check out my next post on Tuesday to find out what to do about it!)
Depression’s Effect on Sleep
As you’ve probably guessed (and experienced) by now, depression can really mess with sleeping patterns. While it’s a bit of a chicken and the egg scenario in regard to which causes which, there are high correlations between depression and insomnia (inability to sleep) and depression and hypersomnia (sleeping too much). (Source: National Sleep Foundation)
So why does depression make it so difficult for us to sleep normally? While there are lots of physiological factors at play that are unique to each of us (think medications, medical history, genetics, etc.) here are a few common culprits:
Lack of sleep also has some profound effects on our health and our moods. Some consequences of poor sleep include:
So now we know that sleep is super-duper important – not just for your mental health but for the healthy growth of your business – but what the heck can you do to get better sleep? Find out in this blog post jam-packed with valuable healthy sleep tips!
And in the meantime, grab your copy of Sleep Tonight, Slay Tomorrow: The Ultimate Sleep Kit for Women Entrepreneurs with Depression below!