7 Ways To Get Motivated When Depressed and Frustrated
Depression is a mental illness, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression in the
world, and I too have suffered from this common mental disorder called depression.
Also, Depression can lead to a lot of terrible things like health problems, family issues and even suicide. While in depression (Depressed) I
discovered some ways to stay motivated while battling with it.
These methods were very effective in my
struggle against depression. They helped me not to lose hope and call it quits and I am glad to share
them with you.
Here are the seven ways that helped me stay stimulated while depressed or
7 Ways To Get Motivated When Depressed and Frustrated:
Interact with people:
Talk to people, join a club, have conversations with people. Isolation is a
killer. Avoid being isolated no matter how tempting it may be. Being isolated only increases
depression. Interacting with people brightens one’s mood and can make one’s day. When I was
depressed, I initially avoided being with people.
I basically avoided all forms of interactions with
people. Loneliness or better still be alone felt comforting. I stayed in my room all day, listened to
music and cried a lot.
It began to affect my relationships with people and only made me sadder
and to feel more alone than ever. Until I started talking to people, stepping outside and
interacting with people, I didn’t feel any better.
Interaction reduces the risk of cognitive decline
and improves mental sharpness. It makes one to have a positive outlook on life and increases
our sense of belonging. I still listen to my music, stay indoors and cry when I am sad but I no
longer distance myself from people.
Soak up some sunlight:
When I was battling depression, I discovered how staying outdoors
made me feel much better. Taking a walk, gardening, riding a bike, swimming, seeing a movie,
having a bite or getting cultured.
Outdoors activities help with depression. In the beginning of
my depression, I hated being outside, stayed indoors all day, slept and cried a lot. Sweat pants
and I became close friends and leaving my bed felt like a chore.
The thought of dressing up made me cringe. I thought staying indoors and keeping my distance
from people would make
me feel better but that was a big mistake. It made me lose interest in a lot of things and people.
I stopped working, I lost some friends and I was starting to lose myself too. When I started
speaking to my therapist, he told me that going outside and getting some fresh air will help me a
lot. He said taking walks and soaking up the sun helped too.
At first, I disagreed but I have to say
he was right. Going outside made me see the beauty of the world and what I would be missing if
I just stayed in my shell. It always boosted my confidence and helped me stay motivated.
Embracing positive thoughts really do go a long way in depression.
Exercise is not only good for the physical well-being but also for the mental well-being.
Staying in bed all the time while being down is really bad (Depressed) for you.
You need to move your body
not necessarily hardcore workouts but something that gets your body moving and blood
The effects of exercising which are both physical and psychological which lightens
the mood. Exercising gives you a sense of control, it helps building self-esteem and it keeps you
distracted from worrying.
I myself am not a huge fan of exercise and when my therapist told me
exercise would do me good I was reluctant for some time, but when I gave it a try I must admit,
it really lifted my mood along with the other physical and neuro-chemical benefits I gained.
Take it one day at a time:
In tackling my depression, getting out of bed was difficult, getting
ready felt like a chore and I felt like I had a lot to do but I couldn’t do anything. The feeling of not
being able to do much or anything gave me anxiety.
I stressed over what to do and how I would
get them done. I realised if I kept dwelling on the thought of not being able to get anything
done, I won’t get anything done, so I decided to take things one at a time.
This made me feel
less choked up. Doing things one day at a time reduced the pressure I was putting on myself.
You can’t take on the whole world at once, learn to break things down and take them one step
at a time. This makes you feel better and makes you feel in control.
Depression is caused by a lot of factors such as emotional trauma, stress etc.
To tell you a secret, my depression was caused by stress. My parents died when I was twelve
and I had to live with my grandmother till I was eighteen.
She died when I was eighteen and
luckily for me, I was already an adult. I wanted to study law but there was no money so I had to
study international relations.
The pain of losing my only family left, stress from school and my
part-time jobs made me get depressed. When I stopped working, I had to rely on my
grandmother’s savings to survive.
Things got hard and the stress increased by 50% and slowly I
fell into depression. All I had were negative thoughts which were killing me slowly. Negative self-
talk/ thinking made my stress worse. What saved me were positive thoughts. There are so many
advantages of being positive.
Positive thinking involves approaching unpleasantness in a more
positive and productive way and it also involves focusing more on the good than the bad.
Positive thinking lowers levels of distress, lowers depression, improves psychological and
physical well-being¸ better cardiovascular health and improved coping skills during hardships
and times of stress Staying positive helped me in my times of stress and depression.
I had to
learn how to be positive even when things were going really bad and honestly it has helped
through a lot. Stay positive and be kind to yourself.
Give yourself things to look forward to by setting plans, but remember to start small.
The goals you choose to set should be centered around positive actions. It was beneficial for my
mental health when I started setting realistic goals.
When setting goals, you need to be realistic
and clear goals and also persistently pursue those goals. Having something to look forward to …
Goals help maintain motivation; it also gives a sense of personal satisfaction.
Setting goals gave
me more self-confidence and it also made me less stressed. Setting goals enables you to create
the changes you desire. It can sometimes feel overwhelming and discouraging, that’s why it is
important to start small.
Seek professional help:
Don’t wait till it is detrimental before you seek professional help. I
didn’t think I needed a therapist or medications to get out of depression but turns out I did. I
thought the source of my depression was stress but through the help of my therapist I
discovered it was deeper than that.
My therapist helped me understand what was wrong and
gave me so many helpful advice. The truth is I relapsed a couple of times and things got really
hard for me. I lost faith in myself and I had hit the rock bottom.
Seeking for professional help
saved me. Seeking professional help is not a step you will regret. My therapist made me have
hope that it’ll get better and also helped me get my confidence back.
If you can’t beat it, get
help avoid relapsing. Your mental health is vital, protect it at all cost. Get help if you need it,
don’t be reluctant. Even if you think you don’t need it, get a checkup. Having your mental health
treated can also improve your productivity, allowing you to focus on daily tasks and give you the
motivation you need.