Staying Motivated When Treating Depression
Depression is a disease which can creep up on you over time, taking over your life and leaving you feeling hopeless. When you are already feeling miserable and tired, how can you push yourself to find help? How can you have the drive to do what you need to do to feel better? The following tips will help you stay motivated as you seek treatment for your condition.
The first step is to seek out expert advice. Obviously, this is an easy thing to say, but far harder to do. Even people who you think are the strongest you know battle depression, and they often hide it instead of finding the assistance they need. Start with someone you trust, be it your best friend or your family doctor. Speaking to a professional is often easiest as they are a neutral party who won’t judge you. A therapist can be a good start as they are a medical professional you can contact without a referral.
Let the stigma which comes along with a diagnosis of depression fall by the wayside. If anyone treats you as less of a person because of your disease, cut them out of your life. People who give advice like, “oh, you’re just sad!” are those you should not spend time with. They only bring you down instead of supporting you and building you up. You have a serious medical illness which has to be treated just like cancer or diabetes would be. Don’t let them make light of your situation.
Consider having your vitamin D levels tested. Many of the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are similar to those of depression. Talk to your doctor and let him know if you don’t get outside too often, or if you live in a climate which is frequently cloudy. Many people who live in northern climes don’t get enough sunlight and therefore don’t get enough vitamin D either. When you can up your vitamin D levels, it might give you enough of a boost to be able to engage in other simple life changes to better your mental health.
Getting enough exercise is key to your recovery. That said, it can be hard to stay motivated enough to go out and do it. One way to help get you moving is to work out with a partner or to join a team. When others are relying on you, it can give you the drive, if only through guilt, to live up to your responsibilities. You should also set goals for yourself as meeting and then exceeding them will give you a sense of accomplishment. Make sure the goals are easy to reach and come with a tempting reward.
Now that you know how to stay motivated, use these tips every day to ensure you continue towards your goals. Healing is a slow process with many hurdles in the way, but putting effort into it will ensure that you are able to find relief. Use these tips today to seek out a healthier tomorrow.