To Get Out of Bed with Depression Use This Checklist

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When you have depression, it can be hard to even get out of bed. Use this HealthyPlace checklist to make it easier to get out of bed with depression.

To Get Out of Bed with Depression Use This Checklist

Clinical depression (major depression) is an illness that interferes with thinking, planning, and energy levels. It can be hard to do even basic things like getting out of bed or off the couch (and staying that way). When you have depression, using a checklist can make getting up and staying up possible.

Keep the checklist by your bed and use it every day to make getting up and staying up a habit. Hint: prepare what you need ahead of time to make the steps easier.

  • Get your blood flowing. Stretch arms, legs, and torso. Roll your wrists, ankles, and neck.
  • Breathe slowly, deeply.
  • Continue to stretch and breathe while you drink the glass of water you placed beside your bed.
  • In the notebook beside your bed, write one reason you have for getting up. Repeat it out loud. (It’s okay to write this ahead of time so in the morning you only need to read it.)
  • Stand up and make your bed immediately.
  • Reward yourself with tea or coffee from a favorite mug or something else you enjoy.

In using this checklist for getting out of bed with depression, you can take action without thinking and planning, showing depression that you can function well no matter how it tries to interfere.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2019, October 21). To Get Out of Bed with Depression Use This Checklist, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 13 from

Last Updated: February 5, 2024

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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