The following article is a guest post by Isabel William. Learn more about Isabel at the end of the article.
In this day and age, stress has become something practically unavoidable. Whether you’re having trouble with your family, health issues, or relationship problems, there are many things that can stress you out. Moreover, even though there are many different ways of handling stress, sometimes, it can become so overwhelming that it leads to depression. Now, depression is not just feeling lazy or unmotivated – it’s much more serious than that. So, here are a few ways in which depression and stress can affect your everyday life.
Mornings are difficult
From the very beginning of a day, you might not feel like getting up. True, most of us have that feeling, especially when the weather is cold, the bed is warm, and we have a job or school to get to. However, when speaking about depression, this feeling becomes much more extreme. It’s not the comfort of the bed that keeps you in it but rather the feeling that you have no reason to get up because nothing seems important enough anymore.
It can be exhausting
Unfortunately, depression is still something many people do not fully understand, and thus, often associate with laziness or even madness. This is why many people choose to hide their depression, and this can be very exhausting. Everything takes a lot more energy to do, and there is no way to take a break from it. Essentially, you are constantly controlling your emotions and your actions so nobody would notice that you’re depressed, and at the end of the day, this leaves you feeling drained.
It can affect your professional life
Depression and stress affect all aspects of your life, including your job or studies. So, for example, you may become less productive at work simply because you lack energy. In order not to lose your job, you would again have to hide your depression and find ways not to lose track of your work projects. Or, if you are a student, you may find yourself reading the same page of a book five times because you just cannot focus. This is when having good study notes can be a lifesaver, as it can make studying a lot easier. Luckily, you can find them online, which can be very helpful in case you’re too stressed out to take notes in class.
Staying in shape is harder
Due to stress and depression, it’s very common to lose appetite, and it’s also common not to feel like preparing any food even when you are actually hungry. On the other hand, it’s also common to lose track of how much you’ve eaten that day and overeat. In other words, what you eat, how much you eat, and whether you even eat at all becomes much less important. This may lead to gaining or losing weight, and with that, your self-esteem and confidence can suffer too.
You get overwhelmed by guilt
With depression, sometimes, even the smallest tasks, like getting out of bed or taking your dog for a walk, can become extremely difficult to do. And when you don’t do them, you get overwhelmed by guilt. So, essentially, you start feeling guilty for being depressed, and this guilt can make any activity that much harder to do because you know that you’re already behind on your obligations. Plus, you may also feel guilty because of the advantages you have in life – and yet, even next to so many advantages, there is this one thing keeping you from enjoying them. This is why even the smallest slip in your schedule can lead to extreme guilt.
You may have trouble sleeping
Finally, just like you may have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, you may also find it hard to fall asleep at night. The above-mentioned guilt is very often the main reason, but it may also be due to overthinking about everything you have and haven’t done that day. Additionally, bad sleep adds up to the lack of energy and concentration during the day, which only makes your depression more difficult to manage. This is one of the reasons why you should always try to give yourself enough time to rest, even if it means going to bed a bit earlier than usual.
Stress and depression are still underestimated issues, but the consequences of dealing with either on your own can be serious. This is why you should look for ways to relieve stress, and if you notice any signs of depression, don’t hesitate to get help before it takes its toll on your health.
Isabel William is consultant by day, a blogger by night, and Mom to twins 24/7.
Area of interest includes education, well being, mental health, as well as self-improvement.
Considered by her peers a lifetime educator, whose passion is love for writing and helping people, parenting, education and science.