Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and debilitating disorder that affects the way you feel, the way you think and act. Depression can cause you to lose joy and interest in activities that you once enjoyed. People who suffer from depression experience more than just unhappiness. People who have it may experience weight gain or loss, insomnia or excessive sleep, weariness, inability to focus, hopelessness, excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death. While causing emotional and physical problems, depression also leads to disruptions to our daily activities. However, it is treatable with the help of therapy and medication if it was detected early.

Symptoms of depression can vary from mild to severe, which includes: 
  1. Feeling sad or depressed
  2. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed 
  3. Dietary changes – weight loss or non-dietary gain 
  4. Sleep disorders or insomnia 
  5. Exhaustion or increased fatigue 
  6. Increased involuntary physical activity (e.g., inability to sit, move, hold hands) or slow movements or speech (these actions should be bad enough for others to see) 
  7. Feelings of worthlessness or guilt 
  8. Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions 
  9. Thoughts of death or suicide 
Here are some tips you can try when you feel depressed:

1. Throw the whole window 

Even when you are extremely low, often push yourself to make things look “perfect.” You will learn that perfection and mental health conditions often contradict each other.

A healthy way to accept that your house may not look clean during the winter months. When things are usually arranged, you can welcome a stray dust bunny that will cross your path. Stop your “perfect” mind, and instead aim for an organizational level that doesn’t harm your quality of life. 

2. Divide the whole thing into pieces the size of a bite 

As frustration is a major issue for those who struggle with mental health disorders, such as anxiety, etc. Dividing an organizational project into delicious pieces will help you a lot. The goal is for the individual to see the whole project, and then help him to see how he can accomplish it in a controlled way.

Giving 15 to 20 minutes a day to do things that need to be done, such as laundry or email editing, can be very healthy. Often, a little effort can stimulate the mind and build momentum to increase motivation. But that is not always the case if you are living with a mental health problem. Be kind to yourself if you miss a day or are able to commit within 10 minutes. 

3. Declutter unnecessary things

Our environment has a significant influence on our emotional regulation. Cluttered environment could make a person anxious, stressed and depressed. Past research has indicated that cluttering could increase the levels of  stress hormone, cortisol, which could affect our health negatively. Other than that, sleeping in a cluttered environment also could lead to sleeping problems as well.

Decluttering and organizing your space can make you feel like you have reset everything. The feeling of being productive could lead to a high level of satisfaction and increased positive energy. Decluttering your space and environment will help you to clear your mind at the same time.

4. Remove distractions

People who are highly sensitive, tend to feel that they are incapable of controlling their environment when their sensories are over-stimulated. They tend to feel helplessness and hopelessness very easily. Loud noises, clutters, and a long to-do list can quickly break your focus and distract you from whatever things that you are working on.

Thus, when you are organizing your schedule, make sure that your surroundings are quiet and peaceful. You have to make sure to allocate suitable time accordingly for the task at hand so that you will not be distracted easily. 

5. Imagine the final result 

Seasonal depression is one of the challenges that prevents one from being motivated to organize and declutter. In such a situation, it is important to visualize the end goal of their efforts.

Visualizing the end results of your hard work may help you to relieve yourself from being stuck in your mind. It also helps you to relive all negative thoughts for a moment and help you to feel grounded to the present moment. 

If at all, these tips fail to help you, you can always seek professional help to guide you through your struggles.

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