Major depression is an illness that interferes with thinking, planning, and energy levels. It can be hard to do even basic things like getting out of bed. When you have depression, using a checklist can make getting up and staying up possible.

Keep the checklist by your bed and use it every day to make getting up and staying up a habit.

  • Get your blood flowing. Stretch arms, legs, and torso. Roll your wrists, ankles, and neck.
  • Breathe slowly, deeply.
  • Continue to stretch and breathe while you drink the glass of water you placed beside your bed.
  • In the notebook beside your bed, write one reason you have for getting up. Repeat it out loud.
  • Write something you are grateful in your notebook
  • Stand up and make your bed immediately.
  • Reward yourself with tea or coffee or something else you enjoy.