How do I keep myself disciplined?
November 11, 2010 3:30 AM Subscribe
How do I make myself buckle down and keep to a normal-person schedule during my current extended period of extreme sadness?
posted by Night_owl to health & fitness (26 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Due to circumstances completely beyond my control, I am feeling some extreme sadness and loneliness right now. I can expect these feelings to continue almost nonstop through the end of April.
But I'm a person. Sometimes I go out and spend time with friends. Sometimes I run errands and accomplish tasks. But most of the time, I'm functioning as a person undergoing a major depressive episode: extreme appetite fluctuations, erratic at best sleep schedule, sudden onset crying jags, mood swings.
I have a job that requires me to work varying shifts from week to week. I need to be able to focus on that job and do it well. I need to be able to come home at night and go to sleep. I need to be able to talk to people and to accomplish tasks and to take care of my awesome puppy.
How do I overcome or use my sadness to function as a normal person with real-world responsibilities?