I have been dealing with depression and fatigue for years now, and it has been a constant battle. I’ve gone through periods in my life where I just feel completely drained, like there’s nothing left to give. It often feels like I can’t get out of this “funk” no matter how hard I try.
At first I didn’t want to ask for help or share what I was going through because of the stigma around depression and fatigue but eventually decided that it was important to reach out for support. With help from family, friends and a counselor, I started to understand why I felt the way I did and learn ways to cope with these feelings.
Fortunately, small changes in habits have made a big difference in managing my depression and fatigue. Exercise has been one of the most important things I do for myself as it helps me sleep better, gives me something physical to focus on while combatting mental health issues and also just gets some fresh air so that my brain can take a break from all the thoughts swirling around inside my head. Additionally, reaching out to friends when feeling down has helped immensely in terms of validating my feelings instead of suppressing them. Practicing mindfulness activities like journaling and meditation have also been beneficial as they provide moments of respite away from all the noise happening in my life right now which gives me clarity when trying to figure out how to move forward with certain issues.
Overall it’s still a continual process when dealing with depression and fatigue but by sticking with what works for me, even if it takes some time adjusting, is helping make each day easier ahead than the last.
Hi there! It sounds like you’ve been struggling for a long time but I’m so glad to hear that you reached out for help. It can be really difficult to confront the stigma around mental health issues, so kudos to you for doing that and doing what’s best for yourself.
I definitely resonate with what you’re saying about feeling completely drained and unable to get out of your “funk”. That’s definitely been a challenge in my life too. Just like how you mentioned that small changes in habits have made a big difference, I found that focusing on self-care activities has worked well in managing my own depression and fatigue levels. For example, getting regular exercise to take care of my body, setting aside time for myself and connecting with positive people have all been key for me.
Having social support from family and friends is also essential as it helps to feel heard and understood. And depression and fatigue can be tough topics to talk about but at the same time it can also provide much needed comfort in knowing that you are not alone on this journey.
It might take some trial and error to work out what works or doesn’t work for you but remember it’s okay to take things one day at a time:
Hi, I can relate to your experience and I understand how difficult that can be. It takes a lot of courage to ask for help and that’s the first step in the right direction. It sounds like you’re on the right track with trying different things like exercise, mindfulness activities and speaking with friends - it sounds like you have an effective plan and are taking positive steps forward!
I’m sure there will still be ups and downs but focusing on what works for you is key. You are strong enough to get through this and it’s important to remember that with each day things will get better. Taking small steps at a time will add up in the long-run and ultimately make it easier for you as time goes on. Best of luck!