Depression affects people differently. Some can function through their daily lives better than others. But, there are some common symptoms that most people with depression tend to experience regularly. 

Unfortunately, those effects of depression can impact your everyday life. 

Managing depression isn’t easy, especially when the symptoms remind you of what you’re going through each day. So, what are some ways depression affects your everyday life, and what can you do about it?

1. Mornings Can Be Difficult

One of the biggest symptoms of depression is having trouble sleeping. Some people might struggle with poor sleep quality. Others might feel the need to sleep more. Either way, getting out of bed in the morning can be difficult. 

You might feel immediately overcome with exhaustion, whether you’ve slept or not. Plus, it’s a time when your thoughts may start to flood in all at once, making the day ahead of you seem overwhelming.

2. You Can Feel Guilty From Simple Things

As you go through something as simple as your morning routine, it’s not uncommon for depression to make you feel guilty. Maybe you’re able to make a nice breakfast or go for a walk with your dog. 

Those are good things, but when you struggle with depression, they are the kinds of things that can cause you to beat yourself up for feeling the way you do when your life is “good”.

3. Your Eating Habits Change

Another common symptom of depression is a change in eating habits. Maybe nothing appeals to you or you never feel hungry. Some people go the other way and use food as a source of comfort. That’s why it’s not uncommon for weight to fluctuate when you’re struggling with depression.

4. Trouble at Work

Whether you have a full-time job, a part-time gig, or even if you’re still in school, depression can affect the way you work every day. 

First, it makes it difficult to concentrate. When you’re in a meeting, listening to a lecture, or simply sitting at your desk, your depression can make it hard to stay focused on the task at hand.  

Over time, that can lead to bigger problems with your performance at work or school, and your job could be in jeopardy.

5. It’s Exhausting

Dealing with depression is a full-time job. You might find that you’re exhausted and fatigued most of the time. That’s a common symptom, but it can also impact what you do each day.  

For example, if you get off work and your friends want to spend time together, you might be too tired to even consider it. Depression also makes people isolate themselves more, so that combination could have a negative impact on your relationships. 

What Should You Do About It?

Without getting help, depression can take over so many aspects of your life. It can make you feel as if you’ve lost control over your everyday circumstances, and perpetuate a cycle of hopelessness. 

Therapy is a great option for almost anyone dealing with depression. It can give you the skills you need to manage these everyday problems and your symptoms. Doing so will help you feel like you’re in control once again and can offer peace of mind. 

More importantly, therapy will help you uncover the underlying cause(s) of your depression. Getting to the root of the issue is the best way to overcome it. That’s a difficult thing to accomplish on your own. But a therapist can guide you through it. Feel free to contact me if you’re struggling with the everyday effects of depression. It doesn’t have to be that way forever.