If living in a world of your own, or being insular be classed as a form of Depression, then that is what I was for many years.
With Depression it is possible to retreat very early on and stay there for many years, hiding away. It’s never a conscious decision, but a coping mechanism. Without hope, or drive, energy or motivation, we just exist. It is possible though, to make small changes when dealing with low moods or Depression, just through simple lifestyle changes.
A positive routine works. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but just moving around helps. Avoid the need to cut ourselves off, eating a healthier diet, challenging the negativity brought about by being surrounded by negativity and taking rest and relaxation, when we most need it.
Feeling better takes time, but taking steps so that we make positive choices for ourselves always helps, as will drawing on the support from those we can trust. The key to anything including Depression, is to start with a few small goals and slowly build confidence from there. It’s okay to draw upon whatever resources you have.
Take one day at a time and reward yourself for everything you accomplish. You will know what your accomplishments are. Putting the energy back into recovery from Depression, gives us so much back in return.
It’s all about those small steps again.