I’ve been thinking about the advice often given to depressed people. Things like not isolating yourself, staying physically active, avoiding making important decisions, and setting realistic goals.
Frankly, I have a hard time doing any of this when I’m feeling good. When I’m drowning in a sea of depression, it’s a good day if I can crawl out of bed and scrub the moss off my teeth. The last thing I want to do is be around other people. Realistic goals? The thought of making it through the day can feel unrealistic when I’m sinking toward the bottom of that sad sea.
What deserves further exploration is determining whether depression makes me prone to those behaviors or whether those behaviors make me prone to depression. I’ll get right to that study once I come out of hiding beneath my covers.