Monday, February 18, 2008

Depression- How to Deal With Mornings


First of all, start the night before. Figure out how many hours of sleep you would need to have a reasonable day, then figure what time you need to be up in the morning, and count backwards. I know that I need at least seven, but for some of you it is probably more. If I need to be up at 6:30, then I have to go to bed by 11pm. No buts about it. Have a plan for the day ahead, even if just a short to do list to remind you of things like: make the kids lunches, do one load of laundry, go to the bank. If you know that there are really only a few things that you must get done tomorrow, then tomorrow won't seem so threatening. You can do a few things.

Next, try to get up by yourself if possible. It may not be, but if you can, try to get up even 15 minutes before your kids and spend that time reading your One Year Bible. This will make such a huge difference in your day, because you began the day on top of things, rather than waking up with the crisis already on top of you. If you just can't get up before everybody, then schedule that same quiet time for somewhere else during the day, and don't break it for anything! Between 1pm and 1:15 you will not answer the phone, check the email, change the diaper- you are having time with the Lord.

Eat or drink something soon after you get up to stabilize your blood sugar. Drink some green vegetable juice (this would be best) and eat something that with a bit of protein. No high fat, high sugar breakfasts here. Eat some fresh fruit, and maybe some plain oatmeal with raw honey. Don't make it a complicated thing- whole wheat toast with raw nut butter, and maybe an orange. Eat a mid morning snack of similar type, if you are prone to moodiness or hypoglycemia.

Now, shower, get dressed, fix your hair, and face, and put on your shoes. By this point you may be feeling tired, but don't go to bed yet! Do a load of dishes, and one load of laundry, and one thing off your to do list. Only one so far. This is not too big of a stretch for you, and you'll find that if you keep on keeping this routine, that it will make the rest of the day so much more pleasant that you will want to get up and do this stuff! If you are tired now, go back to bed and have a nap. Play the bible on cd quietly while you rest, or maybe some worship music. If you are not tired just yet, throw something in the crockpot for supper. Again, don't get too complicated- maybe just a roast and some potatoes and carrots, or a mixture of beans with tomato sauce and barbeque sauce to serve later with french bread. Keep it simple so it doesn't seem too big of a deal.

Well, what do you think? If this schedule looks completely overwhelming to you, then just start one step at a time, and add another step as you gain confidence. Let the Lord be your Help, and then just keep trying. Don't give up, you can do it! : )

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