Those who are depressed or have some other mental health problem, such as anxiety, may find themselves unable to do simple things, like folding laundry or washing the dishes that have piled up in the kitchen. Such chores turn into insurmountable problems, and coping with it may be challenging. Here is what is recommended to people having difficulty bringing themselves to do simple things.Have you ever found it hard to force yourself to pay the bills? Actually, the very need to force yourself is a possible sign of an underlying mental problem: healthy people do such chores with ease, without energy being depleted after going grocery shopping. Haunted by thoughts about the uselessness of your efforts, you cannot get rid of the feeling that doing things like getting up, brushing your teeth or doing the laundry is nonsensical. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. There words, though ancient and holding true, are what immerses you into the swamp of desperation and despondency, leading you to abandon hope and refuse to keep on doing the simple things that are mere trifles to anyone else.
Doing the impossibleThere is no uniform description of the thing that becomes an insurmountable problem for a person who is depressed or suffers from anxiety. Not does it even have a conventional term. Some call it the Impossible Task, but most therapists are familiar with the phenomenon, either by this name or some other. For the depressed, everything seems very hard. According to Beck’s theory about the cognitive, or negative, triad, a patient with depression is haunted by uncontrollable negative thoughts about the self, the future, and the world. That is, thoughts like “I am hopeless” or “everything will get worse” become automatic and persistent. The reason why something becomes another impossible task is the fight or flight response, psychologists report. Your brain perceives it as a danger, something that should be feared, and your body strives to avoid doing it, no matter what. Coping with it is undoubtedly difficult. Here is what you can try doing to get rid of the problem.
- Set realistic goals
- Focus on the things you have done to be inspired to do more
- Schedule your tasks – including the impossible one
- Ask for help
P.S. If you are a friend of a depressed person, do some research and learn how you can help them – because you can help them.