Someone dealing with depression may seem okay on the surface, but internally they can feel empty, broken, and unloved. Adding these feelings on top of trying to become motivated is like telling a rock to dance. Don't we all wish it could be that easy to just snap our fingers and have all of the motivation in the world? Unfortunately, even for those of us who don't struggle with depression or other mental health issues, finding motivation is difficult. Here are a couple tips to find motivation if you are struggling.
For many people who suffer from depression, getting ready to face the day is one of the hardest things to do. That is why tip number one is to 'fake it until you make it.' As cheesy as it sounds, sometimes getting up and making yourself look attractive can make you feel better, too. Even if you don't feel amazing when you first wake up, get yourself ready for the day and don't leave any room for your thoughts to talk yourself out of it.
Another tip to find some motivation is to commend yourself for the small accomplishments you complete. Sometimes all you need is the good feeling of a job well done, even if it is only a clean kitchen sink or one clean load of laundry. Try to get some sunshine or walk the dog on days you don't feel like doing anything but being. On top of this, if you can't find the motivation to do anything, don't criticize yourself for it. Learn to be okay with it and try to plan ahead for something the next day.
Research has shown that medication and therapy go hand in hand. If you are struggling and are looking for a way out of the depths of your own head, finding a therapist can be another great resource for you. Those who use medication and see a therapist are 40% more likely to recover from depression faster than those who use strictly one or the other, or neither. This is because depression can stem from a variety of things including the chemistry in your brain, grief or loss of someone or something like a job, and abuse.
When you are depressed, learning to take things one day at a time can be challenging. Find support through friends, family, and professional help to ease your journey to recovery.
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