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Depression homework is a series of tasks that you do on your own with the goal of recovering from depression. It is not like school homework in that there is no grading and no “right” or “wrong” answers. In fact the mere act of doing the depression homework is what works toward improving your mood in most cases.
You do not have to do the depression homework activities in order. You do not have to do them all. Some of them may really resonate with you while others may not.
Sometimes if an activity really sounds unpleasant, that is actually a sign that it might help you though, so consider that because the mind is interesting that way — it sometimes puts up little blocks or defenses against change even when the change could potentially be for the better.
It helps to have a notebook dedicated to depression homework activities. My goal is to post 2 – 3 activities per week, but work at your own pace. Please feel free to comment in the comments section.
Also, please, if you are in crisis, get help immediately. You may already know how to do that locally. If not, I have a link here to crisis lines worldwide.
Recovery from depression can come in many ways and forms. My plan is to update the depression homework section often to add new homework activities to help you on your journey.
Depression thrives on inactivity. It wants you to stay in bed and do nothing. Just by getting out of bed and having a shower, you are fighting your depression. Just by making a sandwich, you are fighting your depression. And just by doing homework, you are fighting your depression.
You do not have to do all the homework exercises in order although some of them follow from previous exercises. Do what you can. Work at your own pace. Do a little better each day. Get a little better each day. I know it is not easy. I wish you the best of health and self-love.
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