After going through several cycles of depressive slumps, I’ve decided I need to stop and have started making changes. One of the causes of getting into these depressive slumps is overthinking and I’ve incorporated a few habits that have helped me stop constantly overthinking.
I recently ditched my organized planner for a messy journal which I’ve wrote a post about. I’m into my third month of journaling and it has helped me so much in controlling my thoughts. Through writing, I’m letting out all that’s on my mind. It doesn’t have to only be depressive thoughts, it can be happy thoughts or happenings as well. Having all my emotions written down in the journal makes my mind clear.
2. Read quotes
This is something I’ve been doing for a few years but in the recent few months, I seem to have fell off it. When I decided I need to stop constantly going into depressive slumps, I got back into reading quotes. I’ve mentioned many times before that quotes are my source of motivation. Not only does it motivates me, it also gives me the confidence and helps me believe in myself.
3. Stay occupied
I used to always think life is boring and there’s nothing to do but actually, there are plenty of things to do. Since I’m a homebody, my mom always asks me if I’m bored. Although I always say that I’m not, it’s only now that I feel I’m truly not bored and have realised there actually are so many things that can be done at home.
4. Don’t procrastinate
Procrastination is really a very bad habit. Sometimes the depressive slumps and overthinking are caused by procrastination. It’s not only a thing that I’m putting off and waiting to do later, sometimes it’s many things. Sometimes it’s not procrastinating for hours but days because I’ll become lazy, start overthinking everything while lazing around and eventually fall into a depressive slump. Now I try not to procrastinate and by not procrastinating, it helps with staying occupied since I’m doing something.
5. Pep talk
I’m actually always aware that I’m in a depressive slump and that I’m overthinking but I always let myself stay in that state for awhile before unknowingly getting out of it. Although I want to stop getting into depressive slumps and stop overthinking, it doesn’t mean that’s not happening anymore. There are still days when I overthink everything and get depressive but instead of letting myself get into the slump, what is do now is pep talk myself out of it.
So these are a few ways I’ve been doing and trying to do to beat the depressive slumps and reduce overthinking. As I’ve mentioned above, I do still get depressive and overthink but instead of being in a slump and lazing for days, most of time it’s just an afternoon now which is a huge improvement. The afternoon will then be treated as a break to be lazy for a few hours once I’ve managed to journal, read quotes, stop procrastinating, pep talk myself out of it and be occupied with something.