I Have Depression, But That Doesn't Mean I Cannot Manage My Busy Schedule

I Have Depression, But That Doesn't Mean I Cannot Manage My Busy Schedule

It's not always easy to keep going.

A busy schedule is hard to manage for anybody. You can keep the most organized planner and plan everything to the minute and sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day. Managing a busy schedule can be even harder when you are trying to manage depression as well.

I keep a super organized bullet journal. I make sure I write down everything I have to do so I don’t forget. I always make sure I have my week planned out so I know where I have to be and when. The problem is I have days where I don’t even want to get out of bed.

I have been in a very good place as far as my depression is concerned recently, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have bad days. Some days I wake up and all I want to do is lay in bed, nap, and watch Netflix. Sometimes just the thought of getting out of bed is too much.

The problem is I can’t do that right now. I don’t have the option to lay in bed all day. I have to get up, get out of bed, get dressed, and I have to go. I have to go to class, work, or my internship. Sometimes my day starts at 9 AM and doesn’t end until 9 PM.

I have already had numerous days this quarter where my depression has made it seem impossible for me to accomplish everything I need to do in the day. I don’t even want to get out of bed let alone go to three classes and then go to work.

I fight it the best I can.

I force myself out of bed and I chug coffee until I’m caffeinated enough to take on the day. I know that’s probably not healthy but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. When the coffee wears off I spend a lot of time convincing myself that going to my next class is what’s best for me. I spend a lot of time repeating to myself that these classes will take me to graduation which will take me to a new job which will take me to my dream career.

Managing a busy schedule while managing depression is not easy. It takes a lot of positive thinking, a lot of coffee, and doing what I have to do despite what I want to do.

However, with all of that being said, I have found that sometimes you just have to do what’s best for you. My mental health and my well-being is most important to me. Sometimes skipping a class is okay. It’s okay to say no to weekend plans with your friends because you need a day to yourself. It’s okay to take a mental-health day.

We’re human beings, not robots. We have bad days and sometimes we just need a little help. It’s important to take care of your responsibilities, but don’t forget to take care of yourself too.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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