I’ve had anxiety for as long as I can physically remember. It’s always been lingering around, not always giving me too much of a problem, but definitely rearing its head from time to time and showing up in annoying ways. With anxiety for a lot of people (myself included) depression can be a serious comorbid problem that pops up somewhere along the way. This can seriously make things more difficult than they were before, and honestly, can make life really difficult to live. Sadly, this is a really common problem that so many people struggle with, but next to no one wants to talk about.
Oh well, I’m going to talk about it, because it’s important. I’ll throw some caution to the wind and just be candid.
Anxiety and its related illnesses have left me laying in bed all day more days than I’d care to admit. I really had a hard time during my high school years, and really ended up feeling like I was someone on the outside looking in. Things looked up for me once I started university, but it was around then that I stumbled upon someone describing the idea of “No zero days” and my outlook on my problems changed drastically. I would love to think that this little technique has saved me a lot of problems and sadness along the way.
I wish I had a link to where I found this technique, but it’s likely lost somewhere in the archives of reddit. If you know me personally, you know that I pretty much live for reddit, and for once, it came in clutch with an idea that is really useful.
In my eyes, the idea of a “no zero day” is something that comforts me when I can’t really pull things together as much as I would like to on a normal day. All I have to do is one thing that is productive, which constitutes the day as a “no zero day”. For me, usually it’s making something to eat, cleaning up a little, or doing some homework. For others, it might be getting up and taking a shower or something else. It really is vastly different for everyone.
I love “no zero days” because it takes back the little sense of control that I can, in fact, make something positive happen in my life on the days that are more difficult than others. It keeps the day from being a total wash, while also not putting exorbitant pressure to be perfect on the days that are a little more down than others.
Like I said, it really has changed my life for the better, and helps me to get moving on days its too hard. Completing one task for me often leads to completing another, and gets me up and moving and on a much more positive path than I would have been on if I had stayed in bed or not left my apartment. It puts the power back in my hands, on days I feel like I have no control at all. Then, it’s really up to me on how much I can complete, or if it’s day than I should stay in and just try my best to take care of me. Both options are positive and fine by me.
So, how can you have a “no zero day”? It really is all up to you. Pick one task to complete, and then reassess and see if you feel up to another. No task is too small (or too large) and everything counts. Getting up and moving really can make a difference in your mood and overall health. Remember it’s okay to have some days where you just stay put too!
Do you know someone who struggles with similar issues, or do you yourself? What are your favorite ways to combat anxiety or other similar conditions? Share in the comments below, I would love to know and try out some new techniques!