Depression can strike anyone at any time. It does not leave its victims, and has no boundaries. Depression is a serious disease and should never be taken lightly. Sadness, hopelessness, lack of interest in your daily life, crying, feelings of loss and thoughts of suicide are abundant. In this post we are going to cover that how to get motivated when depressed.
Accept it and don’t leave it
We know this may sound a bit counterproductive, but it is so important that you accept your feelings for what they are and when you are feeling them. The more you try to fight those negative feelings, push them away, or try to bury them – the more you will feel in the long run. Not to mention, the longer you try to avoid those negative feelings, the more guilty and embarrassing you will feel those negative feelings in the first place. This really starts taking a difficult toll on your mental and emotional health, as you are essentially preparing yourself to deal with it for a long time.
Give yourself permission to feel it
Whatever feelings you are feeling – be it stress, anxiety, depression, or something else altogether – allow yourself to feel it. You’re not a big deal at nothing as you don’t act. Likewise, do not push it aside and expect it to go away. It did not win. When you allow yourself to feel what you are feeling in that moment, you will be able to sit with emotion instead of absorbing it. This will give you a clear mind so that you can gain control of the situation.
Try to stay active, even if it means doing only simple activities. Just getting up and walking outside brings you out of the inertia of sitting at home indefinitely. Simple successes begin to build confidence, and it is small successes that later seem to encourage more courageous efforts. Likewise, instead of thinking about taking on the full scope of a larger project, focus on just one small piece to begin with.
Make the goal to do it, not to enjoy it
When you’re feeling depressed, it’s natural to lose interest in the things that made you happy. Comedy is no longer fun, sports are no longer fun, spending time with friends is no longer as complicated. Overcoming anxiety, depression, and self-loathing, leading to feelings of detachment and defeat. Therefore, when doing something “fun” or “energizing”, do it with the goal to do it, not to enjoy it.
Reading the news or surfing the internet, talking to people who are making you feel drained and negative, or rethinking sad topics — all of these activities can have an impact on your mood and motivation. Instead, focus on feelings of gratitude. Read uplifting content and surround yourself with positive people.