How to Be Productive in Depression

Lizzie ReezayLizzie Reezay
Dec 27, 2017

Lizzie shares with you her tips on how to find motivation and be productive when you’re coping with a depressive episode.

How to Be Productive in Depression

Stay on Your Medication

It’s important to stay on medicine so that you never get in a situation where you’re in a severe depression episode because the medicine kicks in so fast with most mood stabilizers and antipsychotics they kick in within about a week or two weeks.

If you find yourself in depression – go to a psychiatrist away, get on medication, and you may be able to be out of depression within a couple of weeks.

Surround Yourself With People

So the first one is to be around other people.

I think a lot of people with bipolar have a really strong empathy in which you feel other people’s emotions. Just being around someone who you are close to. Work with someone who is focused because this may give you the energy to be productive as well.

Change Your Environment

A change in the environment may help a lot when in depression. Going outside and walking around just literally just taking steps that lifts my depression a tiny bit and then studying somewhere like a coffee shop just somewhere where there are other people.


Just working out can be an antidepressant type of effect.

They are many other studies on different types of working out even just doing squats, push-ups, sit-ups just taking like a one or two-minute break from what you’re doing and doing some mini-workout that will also release chemicals it will help your brain be more focused on what you’re working on.

Drink Water and Don’t Forget to Eat

The other thing that’s important is just drinking water and making sure you’re eating food. Your brain is mostly composed of water and when you’re eating healthy carbohydrates–like whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole grain pasta, fruits, and vegetables.


Coffee is also something I recommend. If I’m going on a medicine and it hasn’t kicked in yet. Coffee is a stimulant which is known for its antidepressant type effects, plus it gives you more energy.

Bullet Journalling

I do though that helps my productivity is to do bullet journaling.

I decide at the beginning of the month what I need to accomplish for that month. Then every single day, before I go to bed, I bullet point what I need to get done the next day.

I find that when I wake up the next morning just already knowing in advance what I need to do having it written down that makes it easier to get out of bed and to get working and be productive.

Remember to Rest

I’ve had some psychiatrists tell me that sleep is more important than taking medicine. It’s important to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Getting seven and a half hours or eight hours of sleep will instantly make you feel refreshed and that you can tackle the day.

Listen to Music

Listening to music can give you motivation or a feeling of comfort. Music can keep my mind focused even when you’re in a depression.

Be Kind to Yourself

Be gentle, loving and do not get mad at yourself for just having symptoms of bipolar.

A lot of times you can’t do anything about it it’s just horrible so low energy because you’re in depression and you just have to wait for the medicine to kick in go to bed maybe you’ll wake up the next day. And guess what, it will be better.

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