As of today, my laptop is no longer allowed in my bedroom.
It’s not that I haven’t been — pardon the entendre — satisfied. It’s that I’ve been too satisfied.
I’ve posted before about how my depression makes it difficult for me to get up in the morning. Today, I realized that my laptop has not helped this matter. If my laptop is by my bed, it’s just too easy to get on it without getting out of bed. So often, I’ve told myself, “Well, at least you’re not going back to sleep. At least you’re not staring at the walls.” This is true. But in order to manage my depression, I need to do more than wake up. I need to GET up.
It’s hard to explain how difficult this is to anyone who does not have depression. But over and over again, I have to keep asking myself, “What can I do to change this?”. When I asked myself that question today, I looked at my laptop. And the answer became so simple, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.
I banned my laptop from my bedroom and put it in the living room, where it belongs in the first place. If I want it, I MUST get up, whether I want to or not.
It’s a little thing–but it’s a big thing.
If depression makes it difficult for you to get out of bed, what are some of the “little things” you do to fight this? I’d love to hear your suggestions.