Combat Depression with 4 Motivating Mental Tactics

May 27, 2015

Combat Depression with 4 Motivating Mental Tactics

It’s no secret that when you’re depressed finding the motivation to do as much as get out of bed in the morning can be a massive challenge. It’s not a simple matter of knowing that things need to be done, or having deadlines hanging over your head; it’s a question of mustering up enough motivation to care whether things get done or not.

When you’re depressed, you see the world through an existential lens; deadlines and needs become arbitrary. You have difficulty feeling emotion toward anything or anyone, and somewhere in the back of your mind you know that things are piling up, and people are depending on your ability to get things done and meet certain goals. This, unfortunately, only adds to your depression.

So, how to create motivation when you can’t feel anything?

1. Mind Over Matter

It’s a matter of putting logic over emotion. Sometimes things have to get done, whether you feel up to it or not. Remembering this, and reminding yourself why something needs to happen—and who it needs to happen for—can help you find the motivation to get up and get things done.

2. Push Pause

Okay, you can’t push pause on depression. If that was possible, when would anyone ever push play? What you can do, however, is distract yourself. Put on your favorite song or movie, anything that will keep your mind too occupied for thoughts brought up by your depression. Plan on focusing on the task in front of you as much as possible, and recreate tunnel vision as best you can. Direct that tunnel vision toward a physical task. Don’t think too hard about why you need to do this, just go for it.

3. Keep Perspective

It might feel like the world is ending—emotionally, you may be in a place where there doesn’t seem to be a point to anything you do—but remembering that the sun will rise tomorrow, that people who love you will still be with you, and that others who understand what you’re going through will wake up and be standing beside you, may just be the extra push you need to get through the day.

4. Ask For Help

There is nothing worse than feeling like you are a burden on your loved ones when you’re depressed. That being said, if you are currently in a depression, this strategy may possibly be the most challenging thing to do in order to feel motivated. Just remember, your loved ones are your loved ones because they love you, and they want to help. They won’t find you a burden; it’s human nature to want to feel needed, and they want to help you. They will be there for you.

So, if you need help distracting yourself, reach out to family and friends and let them know that you would like them to help you distract yourself from your depression. They may be that extra push you need to get out the door when you don’t want to go out, and going out might be the change you need to motivate yourself to be a productive human being again.

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