When your mind and body are wracked with emotional pain, it is so difficult to do the most simple routine things. Few people who have never experienced mental illness, understand the physical impact of such struggles. When you manage to do small things, don't belittle them or discount them, Celebrate them, it has cost you and is a real achievement. The Black Dog Tribe have shared this cartoon which sums it up nicely:
When it hurts to get up and about remember the following:
1) Be kind to yourself - you would give others a break if you saw them in the same situation.
2) Be realistic about what you can do safely
3) Celebrate the small things
4) Try to enjoy the sense of achievement