Each day for me was a struggle in itself. I use to dread going to sleep at night only to wake up to a life that was boring, lonely and depressing. Each morning it felt like a dark cloud was over me. If it wasn’t for my 11 years old having to get him up and ready for school, I would have stayed laying in bed all day long. I could literally sleep the day away and still wake up the next morning feeling tired and drained. What is wrong with me? Why is it so hard for me to get out of the bed in the morning?
If you are reading my story and find yourself going through this exact same thing then allowed me to share with you how I was able to get through each day even though I was experiencing a deep depression.
What helped me to get through each day while going through a deep depression was taking each day one day at a time. I would get overwhelm trying to picture what next week would look like so instead I just focus on today and what needed to be done. My children also played a big part in helping me get through some of the days. Since I have two boys they inspired me to take them outside and to the park to play football or just walk around the track. I’ve begun to notice how getting out of the house would make me feel better. I was starting to believe that sitting in the house all day every day looking at the same white walls was starting to make me sick and so I used that to motivate me to go out more even if it was to walk to the corner store.
I started setting small goals for myself that would help to make me feel better such as juicing every morning. Because I suffer from migraine headaches at that time in my depression, I constantly felt sick and so I decided to start making little changes in my health by waking up juicing every morning. As I juiced fruit and vegetables each morning, I started noticing that I was losing weight which made me feel good about myself. As I begin to feel good about myself I started looking the part.
When you’re going through a depression there are times when you just don’t care how you look. Some days you would have the desire to get up and put on some of your best clothes and other days you will find yourself just laying around the house in your p.j’s or something you just threw on.
The moral of my story here is that once I shifted my mindset to focus on getting through one day at a time and set small achievable goals, I was able to use the progress that I saw in my life as motivation which helped me to feel better about myself.
Take it one day at a time and make it a goal to get out of the house and do something for yourself that’s going to make you feel good about yourself.
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