Research shows that when we are depressed, our ability to plan is impaired, and we are easily overwhelmed. If a task or problem appears impossible, it is easy to give up. Furthermore, your ability to make things happen will be reduced when depressed. Try to break down your tasks into smaller steps, and take it one step at a time.

If your leg has been broken, you won’t attempt to run any marathons the day after the doctors remove your cast. You will begin to walk slowly, just a few steps at a time.

The same is true for thoughts and feelings as well. When you are depressed, your mind functions differently, and it takes practice to reverse the adverse effects. In order to empower, rather than discourage yourself, it is important to set attainable goals. Strive to focus on what you do well, instead of tormenting yourself with what you might not be that good at.

From the leaflet Simple Advice by the Norwegian Ministry of Health.