Have you ever uttered the words “I can’t get out of bed this morning?” Most likely you have at some point in your life, but when you’re depressed, that phrase gets uttered a little more often.
One of the hallmarks of depression is avoidance, and staying in bed all day is one of the best ways to avoid doing anything. It’s pretty much the king of avoidance activities.
When you can’t get out of bed in the morning, it’s because you’re avoiding something overwhelming or stressful in your life. Staying in bed is an escape. How many of you out there know what I’m talking about?
When in the avoidance state, you focus on the negative. The stuff that’s already gone wrong and what may yet still go wrong with your life. Avoiding and thinking this way defines you as a victim by suggesting that somehow you can’t cope with whatever is going on.
The mere act of getting out of bed is in fact empowering. It means you’re telling yourself that you’re living to fight another day. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but if you’re struggling and you’re unable to get out of your bed on most days, just leaving it is huge. It’s an opening where something positive can possibly happen by happenstance.
During ‘The Great Depression,’ there was no choice for many to get out of bed, as many became homeless and did not have traditional beds anymore. People slept on park benches, in parks, on trains, and in the most famous of places, Hooverville. They had no choice. Either they gave up entirely, as the suicide rate spiked during this era as well, or they did anything to find a job and food that day……Every day.
The below sketch-drawing tells the story of a depressed man sleeping on a park bench during The Great Depression, and the difficulty of getting out of bed, during an era where the whole country was in a state of hopelessness.
If any of the above resonates with you, and you’re having one those days where you can’t get out of bed, or you know someone that’s avoiding or depressed, please do get help if you’re not getting any right now. If you need to talk to anyone right away, our friends at Better Help are here for you by just CLICKING HERE.
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This post was created with the help of Grammarly.