Depressed and feeling unmotivated?
You are not alone.
Depression makes you feel helpless, exhausted, unmotivated, and numb. You don’t really want to do anything. You would prefer to lay in bed all day and do nothing because you aren’t motivated. However, you have to push yourself, continue on with your daily routine, and live your life because if you don’t your depression may worsen.
Besides addressing your thoughts and emotions with your therapist, you will feel a bit better than you did maybe an hour ago by following these tips.
Tip #1: Establish an Exercise Routine
Exercise will get you moving and is a great way to release your endorphins. Endorphins is a neurotransmitter (chemical) in your brain that produces a feeling of euphoria and pain relief.
After a few short minutes of exercise, you will feel better. You don’t have to hit the gym or run 5 miles either. It can be something small such as a walk around the block or a short swim in the pool. Establish an exercise routine with easy exercises that you enjoy. Do them for a minimum of 30 minutes each day.
Exercise will not only help you cope with your depression but can increase your self-esteem and self-confidence. This is great for your emotional well-being too.
Tip #2: Examine Your Self-Talk
Self-talk is often called our inner voice and it includes our conscious and unconscious thoughts, assumptions, or beliefs. When you hear that inner voice examine what it is saying. Is it something positive or negative?
If you have negative thoughts try to replace it with three positive ones. Even if you have a hard time believing them it is important for you to keep repeating those thoughts until you believe them. The more you do this, you will notice how you talk to yourself and will change your thoughts a lot quicker. By mastering your positive thinking you will feel more motivated, productive, and confident.
Tip #3: Socialize With Family and Friends
Spend time with family and friends who can offer their support. When you have a loving support system that cares about your life and emotional well-being it will help you feel more motivated.
Socializing with your family and friends is something you should do as often as you can. Focus on strengthening meaningful relationships that you already have. Get together with them over a simple meal or via Skype/FaceTime if they don’t live nearby. Connect with them. Bond with them. Share with them what you are going through. By simply catching up with your friends and family you will be more engaged with the world.
Tip #4: Set Realistic Goals and Reward Yourself
If you find yourself being drained by your depression, then it is a good time for you to start creating simple realistic goals. Then reward yourself for accomplishing them.
Keep your goals small and relevant to your needs because you are more likely to do them. For example, if you need to buy food. Purchase food items for your favorite meal. Simply by buying those ingredients you attaining your goal and by making your favorite meal, it is your reward. Plus, you are taking care of yourself which is a win-win situation for you. The simple process of setting goals and rewarding yourself will help restore your motivation.
Those are our top tips to help you get motivated with your depression. We hope that you found these four tips useful and will help you get out of your funk.
Also, don’t forget if you need help finding a therapist that can help you with your depression – you can find one on our website.