How Can Depression and Fatigue Be Treated?
It is important to seek treatment for fatigue, even if you believe it is not a problem or that receiving help for your depression alone can satisfy this.
The first step would be to speak to someone you can confide in, or if you feel comfortable enough to go straight to your doctor. Remember to not be afraid to be open and tell he/she everything you experience so they can find the best form of treatment for you.
If you have a therapist it would also be a good idea to inform them as well. They can help you form strategies to help you with your day-to-day life and give suggestions and ideas on how to help you battle fatigue as well as depression.
Remember, communication is key so don’t be afraid to tell them anything you feel is a problem for you. Once you start and continue with the correct treatment and plans, you will begin to notice a significant difference in how you feel, not just mentally but also physically.
Simple Strategies for Fighting Back Against Fatigue and Depression
There are many things you can do by yourself or with the help of a therapist to combat fatigue alongside depression. Even small tasks throughout the day may not seem like much but will make a huge difference in coping with these symptoms. A few examples are:
- Make a to-do list of small, yet productive tasks to keep you busy and out of bed throughout your day: These could even be just going to the shop to buy groceries, light cleaning, light studying sessions or revision or just taking time out to pamper or treat yourself.
- Partake in light exercise: This could be doing a few minutes of an exercise video in your home, yoga, a stroll in your local park or even around your home by yourself or with a friend or loved one.
- Try to keep yourself busy, but don’t overdo it: This may become overwhelming for you, but remember to take it easy, don’t be too hard on yourself and remember to balance everything to suit you and your needs. Have a comfortable balance of productivity and recreation. Small steps are still progress forward, no matter how small.
- Fixing your sleeping pattern: This one proved most difficult for me as I have always had trouble sleeping throughout my life. Yet I found even going to bed that extra hour earlier, drinking a herbal tea before bed and working on it a little each day, it has helped my sleeping pattern and helped with problems of fatigue.
It is also important to remember that if you are struggling, there are so many people around you who are there and willing to help you if you need them.
Confiding in friends and loved ones about these issues can help them understand your situation more and make you feel less alone and isolated with your struggles.
Teachers, lecturers, and co-workers you feel you can trust and talk to can also help you make your work and education life easier. Once they understand your situation, they can set up plans to cater to your needs and can begin to understand. Whether it is an extension for an assignment, a talk with student services, an easier workload in your workplace or maybe even a little time off, don’t be afraid to reach out if you need help.
Seeking Help for Fatigue and Depression
Most importantly, don’t ignore the symptoms or your problems. You may believe it’s just laziness or solely because of your difficult times with depression, yet brushing it aside and not facing these issues will only make your depression harder to treat in the long run.
Seeking help is not a bad thing or a sign of weakness. I’m incredibly grateful my close friends noticed my symptoms as early as they did. It is helped me much more knowledge about fatigue and helped me on my road to recovery.