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.
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.