I've been struggling quite badly with depression over the past 6 months after my GP basically gave up on me. Things are starting to get a bit better now, but it is taking a lot of effort.
One thing that has always bothered me the most is how I would find it so difficult to get out of bed in the morning. I would always lay there for ages and then eventually get up when I knew I couldn't delay any longer - this made me late for work a few times which made me quite stressed.
I managed to find an elegant solution though. I realised that essentially, each morning there were two sides of me fighting. One side that wanted to get out of bed and one that wanted to stay. I decided to give them each a fair chance....so now I roll a dice.
When my iPod alarm wakes me in the morning I listen to one song, then roll a dice. If the number is even, I stay in bed and listen to another song. If it is odd, I have to get up. If I get an even number and listen to another song I will repeat until I am out of bed.
You have to commit yourself to it, but I have found it really helpful because it is basically like taking choice out of the situation and letting the fates decide.
It has resulted in me getting out of bed an average of 45 minutes earlier which means I don't rush around so much in the morning and I have time for a proper cup of tea and breakfast, setting me up for the day.
I'd recommend that other people give this a go. Let me know if you try it.