Depression and organizing
Depression and Organizing
Organization is often one of the last things people want to create when depression is active. And that is really an oxymoron - "active depression" usually manifests in lethargy, inaction and lack of order.
But Organization is sometimes what people really need to pull up out of a bad situation. The process of cleaning up and making sense of things could be therapeutic, and the result of having an ordered space brings calm in a sensitive time.
These are a few approaches I've found effective for depressed individuals.
1. Small chunks: 10 minutes at a time. Or a square foot at a time.
2. Call a friend: Have someone just on the phone while you do a little work. Set up an appointment to do it again soon.
3. Break your tasks down into a list. Do JUST one task at a time.
4. Appreciate yourself when you've made small improvements.
Other tips for moving forward: