If we wait until we’re drowning to grab on to the lifesaver dangling in front of us, it may be too late. In the case of self care, this might mean when we get to the actual self care act, it may exhaust us more than it uplifts us. If you’re running on empty but know you need to get in a yoga class to boost yourself up, the class may have the opposite effect. Between the act of driving to the class and the actual exercise, you may leave feeling exhausted rather than energized.
When we see depressed characters in comedy, we see the multi dimensions of depression. Depression is not just sadness, and you can't necessarily see it unless you look and listen very closely. Depression is something more. It takes over your mind and body, it is mentally and physically exhausting, and though we may not feel like our "normal" selves during a depressive episode, we may appear to others as our "normal" selves.