Written by Taylor Jones.
Depressed mornings are always the hardest for me. I’m tired; I don’t want to get out of bed for the life of me. I wish I didn’t wake up from my slumber, and I have no motivation to go on throughout my day. I want to curl up and stay in bed, until I inevitably fall back asleep, and repeat the next day. This was a pattern I repeated for years. Then, one day I magically stopped. It took time and practice, but soon there was nothing to it, and I was able to kick those mornings in the butt. And it’s all because something (or someone) was dependent on me.
My love for him outweighed my depression
For me, it was my son. He needed his mother, even if there were (and still are) days I felt like he deserved a better mom than me. He needed me; he depended on me for food, water, and shelter. Without me he couldn’t survive, and my love for him outweighed my depression. My love for him eventually even taught me to love myself.
Find something everyday that needs you in its life
However, it doesn’t have to be a child. having something depend on you could be a pet, a cactus, a friend, a family member. Find something everyday that needs you in its life. For example, if you have a proposal due it work, you need to go in to do it. Your company depends on you, and you’ll probably feel pretty great once it’s done. If you have a friend going through a divorce, they may need your friendship as a support. If you have a cat, they need you to feed them every day, and show them love. Hell, even your plants need you, because without you who will water them and appreciate their beauty when they bloom?
Let’s face it. It isn’t always easy to love ourselves, or to take care of ourselves. Sometimes we need an extra push. Count your blessings, and find a reason to anchor yourself. Stay grounded. And treat those who rely on you with love. Their sometimes our lifelines, and our way to recovery.