Finding motivation can be overwhelming for many people when they are depressed. It is much like pushing a large rock up a hill. Possible but not easy. Fortunately there are natural solutions that can work quite well to help people improve their mood feel inspired to face the day.

I heard a powerful quote from the world renowned actor Jim Carrey stating “ I believe that depression is legitimate. I also believe that if you don’t; exercise, eat nutritious foods, get sunshine, get enough sleep, consume positive material, surround yourself with support, then you aren’t giving yourself a fighting chance.” Not only is this quote quite profound, it also rings true for all human beings. Let’s address the motivation aspect of depression.

Depression, in simple terms drains your emotional bucket. When we wake up everyday we start our mornings (most of the time) with a full bucket. This allows us to wake up with a positive attitude towards the day and tackle the many things we face over a span of 24 hours. When you have depression, you don’t start with a full bucket. Combine that with any factors such as lack of sleep, chronic pain, turbulent home life, demanding work schedule, ect… How are you supposed to function like your coworkers, or husband or friends that don’t deal with the same issues you do but yet, you’re expected to perform at the same rate and success level that they do.

When I took a hold on my depression, I felt like I got my life back. Don’t get me wrong, I have my days of crying, seemingly bottomless irritation, when absolutely everything that could go wrong, does. We all do, it’s not a sign of failure or anything to be ashamed of. We again, are all human. Unless there are some aliens out there with an internet connection or Aunt Maureen’s cocker spaniel got ahold of her phone again. All jokes aside, depression is something I truly believe can be handled effectively. A large part of this though is finding the motivation to make necessary life changes. I hear you asking, “But a symptom of depression is lack of motivation, how am I supposed to overcome that?” To be completely honest, the easiest answer is you just have to decide your life is worth more than holding onto the depression.

After a while you almost become comfortable with being sad, it’s what you’re used to and why would you mess with that? It’s not easy at first realize how much power you have over your mentality until you work out those muscles. Of course, none of this happens over night. You have to take the baby steps that turn into lifestyle changes that lead to your true self and ultimately happiness and a life free from what you formerly viewed as your life’s sentence.

I can really only speak from my personal experience and those of the people near and dear to my heart. I am going to share some tips that help with motivation to change your life. * Try to fit at least one of these into your morning routine for the next 30 days and see how much it helps.

  1. Start everyday with either a nice stretch/yoga practice (10-30 minutes) and or a meditation (5-45 minutes) and or a walk in nature. (20-90 minutes)*
  2. View your daily routine as “I get to” not, “I have to”. “I am so grateful that I get to go to a job that pays me and I get to go to the grocery store to buy food to nourish my body. Small changes like this make a surprising difference in your mindset.
  3. Trust that you create your own reality. What you focus on is what you get. Once you realize that you will start focusing on and manifesting the things you want to attract instead of unknowingly/subconsciously attracting things/environments/situations/people that have a negative impact on you.
  4. Believe that everything happens for a reason. In the moment of something we perceive as negative it can be difficult to see the “silver linings”. Seeing the positive in even the worst of times is a learned skill and becomes easier with time. Just remember that everything does truly happen for a reason. That extra five minutes you spend in traffic or the lady in front of you that takes forever at the checkout line could be slowly you down because of a crash ahead or who knows what. Think of those people who could have died on 9/11 but instead were stalled by a slow barista or a phone call that took longer than expected or losing their keys before leaving for work. In the moment these things could have irritated the hell out of them but ended up being the reason they lived. This is just one example but a powerful one.
  5. Understand that no one else is going to do this for you. Grab ahold of the reins and steer your life in the direction that you want it to go in. There is not an easy way to do this at first but overtime it becomes like second nature.

There is no quick fix for overcoming depression but there are various steps you can take to fight for a healthier, happier life. The power is in your hands. No one else in the world can control your mind and so ultimately you have fully realize that you own this shit. I know I avoided talking much about the role antidepressants play with depression but that’s because I believe we can have a conversation without pharmaceuticals. Everyone is going to have a different perspective and opinion on pills and that’s okay, we might not always agree.

At the end of the day, everyone is allowed to have their own opinions and make decisions about what they put in their own bodies. I can’t sit here and say what is right or wrong when it comes to taking medication for mental health problems. I just know that before I made these lifestyle changes, I swore that all I needed were antidepressants to fix me and make everything better and that didn’t end up being true. I have friends currently taking antidepressants that are more depressed now than they ever were before.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this snippet of my thoughts regarding depression and motivation and I hope even a small part of what I wrote can help you in some way. Maybe you don’t take all these steps in the same day but I challenge you to adopt at least one of the five things I mentioned in your daily life, do that for 30 days and see how you feel at the end of it.

With gratitude,
Natalie Witkowski

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