Motivating yourself during depression


Depression is a part of life. It is a global health issue. It is predicted to become the 2nd biggest global disability by 2020. It costs billions in loss of productivity. Depression makes you unproductive for yourself and the employer. Motivating yourself during depression becomes important. There are just a few things you need to understand. Here are the top 4 tips to motivate you during depression.

Don’t fall back

The first thing you need to ensure during times of depression is to not fall back. Typically, you fall back during depression. As a result, you tend to get more depressed. J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter books created fictional characters called dementors, when she was depressed following her mother’s demise. Art has the power to overcome depression. The first step to beat a depression is to put yourself out there. It is time to do whatever that cheers you up. The golden hours require you to work individually or in teams. Using your profession as a tool to combat depression presents a win-win situation for you.

Motivate with kindness

Trying to motivate yourself with harsh criticism can be such a blunder. It only leaves a bogged down feeling. Self-compassion helps motivating yourself during depression. Even your body doesn’t listen to you, if you are being harsh. For instance, people who start at a point of depression seldom gets successful in weight loss programs. At the least avoid being harsh with yourself, if you aren’t happy. The harsh inner voice doesn’t help in self-improvement. Relax yourself and never let your hopes down. Be optimistic when assessing yourself. Being harsh on ourself is in our nature. As much as you can, don’t practice it.

Live healthily

Healthy living helps come out of depression. Depression can be draining on physical and mental health too. Unhealthy habits like smoking or drinking only makes the situation worse. Keep yourself physically fit and active. Go for a walk and do some stretching exercises. Exercises release endorphins, the feel good hormones in our body. It also suppresses release of cortisol, the stress hormone. Exercise for more than half an hour a day, five days a week. Get your hands dirty for a switch shift in mood. Certain bacteria found in dirt releases serotonin, a hormone that fights depression. To maintain your physical and mental balance, sleep 6-8 hours a day.

Stay rooted

Most of us go through depression, anxiety and stress. From average Joes to world leaders, there is no exception. To prevent personal depression from affect their leadership, leaders are encouraged to stay rooted. It is vital to have a close support group. No body cheers your better than friends and family. Always be connected to them to the most possible extent. Confide in people whom you can trust. Talk about your problems and get it off the chest. Stay in touch with your favorite art forms. Proximity to personal favorites helps improve depression.

If your depression doesn’t improve after taking proper measures, seek for help. There are medications to consider during times to severe depression.