There’s no questioning how debilitating and life changing depression can be. Avoiding the world and everyone in it can seem like the only thing that helps depression.
I had a message from a lovely lady this week telling me that she was on the waiting list for CBT for depression. The question she had was ‘what was the best thing she could do in the meantime?’
My 3 top tips whilst waiting for help with depression are as follows;
Get out there and engage with the world and people. I know how difficult it is to get motivated, but you have to force yourself. Make the step really small; a quick call to a friend or a walk to the corner shop is enough. If you can manage it, arrange to meet up with somebody or join a class. The key here is to place yourself in an environment that isn’t too daunting, but where you are interacting with a person or people. Get organising!
When was the last time you had a bit of fun? Fun can mean different things to different people. Fun can be anything from a walk in a beautiful place, to a night at a comedy club. Just do more of what you enjoy, even if at the moment you feel less enjoyment. Keep doing it!
What does achievement mean to you? It could be tidying that junk drawer that gets on your nerves, or completing something you’ve ‘been meaning to do.’ Find something that gives you a sense of achievement.
You can of course do something that ticks all 3 boxes simultaneously. Somebody I’m working with at the moment sent me the photo with a note, telling me she had done her homework. Going for a walk with a friend, ending up in a tea shop (with three pieces of cake between two!), ticked all the boxes. I couldn’t agree more!
Dare to dream big and Wendy’s THE person to help get you there.
X Factor winner with a long list of sell out tour successes under her belt.
The most exciting thing in the world is getting a chance to tear it all up and start again. Keep all the things you want and throw out everything you don’t.
Beauty, lifestyle and fashion blogging sensation Becky Sheeran (TalkBeckyTalk)
It’s great to have a leading psychologist such as Wendy in the Manchester area, outside of her Harley Street practice. After publicly raising awareness of mental health issues and myself recovering from depression, I know how immensely life-changing expert intervention can be.
Retired ex-professional football who played for Bury, Wigan, Stoke, Preston, Norwich, Leicester and Brighton during a 14 year career. After leaving professional football, Jason battled depression and recovered with the help of therapy and family support.