Not having the motivation or energy to take care of basic hygiene is a telltale sign of depression. Jumping in the shower for a few minutes or brushing your teeth might seem like easy, everyday tasks, but if you are experiencing depression, they can seem insurmountable.
Fortunately, psychiatrist Melissa Shepard, MD, has some advice that she shared on Instagram. She mentioned that in addition to not having the energy or motivation when you’re depressed, completing these basic self-care tasks also means you have to acknowledge that you are worth taking care of yourself. “Depression’s going to like to you and say that you aren’t, but you are. I promise that you are.” Watch the full video above for her powerful message.
While Dr. Shepard’s words are important, it’s also key to seek professional help if you are experiencing depression, especially if it’s impacting your daily life or routine tasks (like bathing). A psychiatrist or your primary care physician can help you with the best course of treatment, which might include therapy and medication.
If you are feeling anxious or depressed and need help finding help or resources, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (1-800-950-6264) have resources available.