I'm feeling stuck
I feel like the world around me is moving fast right now, but I'm having a hard time keeping up with it. Every good idea or opportunity seems just out of reach.
In the Moment
Grab a piece of paper and write down a list of all the things you’d like to do this week, then put in place a plan for how you’re going to achieve these goals.
Wake Up!: Escaping a Life on Autopilot
According to Chris, 80% of our waking time is spent in autopilot – sounds like we should all probably do something about that.
In this handy book, you’ll find a huge variety of tips, tricks, activities and exercises designed to help you break out of autopilot, take more risks and harness control of your life.
Written by Chris Baréz Brown.
The Argument Podcast
Another good podcast from The New York Times, pitting two or three hosts of varying political persuasions against each other to argue their case.
Keeps you in the loop with American politics, might get you a bit mad, and helps to see things from varying perspectives.
‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’, on Netflix
One of the late chef’s most popular shows, and a favourite of ours.
Let yourself be transported to all four corners of the globe and imagine you’re existing there with all the sights, sounds and smells. By imagining you are somewhere else, it’s easier to allow the stresses and anxiety that you may be feeling right now to slowly wash away.
Inspiring, relaxing stuff.
Involve Yourself in Social Activities
You may feel like you don’t want to, but try to keep up with social activities.
Often when you’re depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell, but being around other people will make you feel a lot better.
Check and see if there are local events or activities available near you that you could involve yourself in, via facebook groups, community blogs or local noticeboards. If that’s a step too far for you right now then go for a walk, do some exercise or do an activity solo, but try to do these in a place with other people around you – existing in spaces that are shared by other people can help you feel more connected and part of something, even if you’re not directly socialising with anyone straight away.
With multiple lockdowns and lack of social contact, everyone’s feeling a little lonelier than usual. Nothing quite replaces good old-fashioned in-person quality time. When you’re (legally) able to, reach out to someone and spend some time with them – talk about anything you’d like and enjoy being in the company of another human being.
The simple act of talking to someone face to face about how you feel, or about literally anything else, can go a long way in relieving depression, and keeping that bastard away.