Staying motivated by your health is challenging on the best days, but add the symptoms of depression and anxiety to the mix, and getting out of bed and facing the day can feel almost impossible. And unfortunately, this is the reality for 1 in 5 of us who will experience the effects of mental illness at some point in our lives, sometimes even when we least expect it. Mental illness can be something that you live with every day as you constantly work to navigate the challenges and obstacles that it creates for you. Or, maybe you go through a low feeling every time. But the reality is that most (if not all) of us will experience mental health issues at some point. So today in this article we are going to cover the best way to get motivated yourself when depressed.
Set the goal
When you are depressed, you are not working at your normal 70% to 90%, you only work at 20%. Set small and specific goals for yourself so that you can complete the task and move on to the next one. Once you complete the task, you can always raise the bar when motivated. If you feel overwhelmed when dealing with your goals, try to set goals that are more realistic and achievable.
Get up and Move
No matter how it is happening. Physical activity is difficult to achieve when depressed. Once however, do small things to increase your energy yourself. You can always go back to bed later for a nap. make your bed. brush your teeth. Clean the dishes. Receive mail Read the newspaper. Feed your cat Sit on the porch. Call people you know. go on the computer. There are so many small things to choose from. Do all of them or just one or two. Of course, if you have to go to work or school then you are ahead of the game.
Ask yourself what are you feeling
Many times, we tie our feelings into a category. We say that we are ‘stressed’. ‘Feeling anxious.’ But the key here is to check with yourself and ask yourself what you are feeling and why you are feeling this way. If you are stressed – what are you stressed about? If you are worried – what is the reason for your concern? By doing this simple activity, you will have a greater understanding of what you are doing and how to proceed.
Take a 15- to 30-minute brisk walk every day – dance, jog or bike if you want. People who are depressed do not feel much to be active. But make it yourself anyway (ask a friend to exercise with you to motivate you). Once you get into the habit of exercise, it will not take long to notice the difference in your mood. In addition to getting aerobic exercise, some yoga poses can help relieve feelings of depression. Try a down-facing dog or foot-up-the-wall pose (you can find these poses on yoga websites). Two other aspects of yoga – breathing exercises and meditation – can also help people suffering from depression feel better.