Finding Motivation While Depressed

Finding Motivation While Depressed

Finding motivation while depressed can be difficult, but it is possible. Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common, yet very serious, mental health condition. The symptoms of depression can affect how you feel, think, and function in day-to-day life. Learning steps you can take to help find motivation while depressed can help you combat depression symptoms head on. Remember, however, everyone’s needs are different, and we recommend speaking with your healthcare provider about treatment options specific to you.

The following list includes tips to help stay motivated while depressed. Remember, it is okay to start small, as every step counts.


Go For a Walk

Going for a walk is a great way to get some exercise, which helps your body release endorphins, the feel-good hormones. Other forms of exercise can be just as beneficial, so you can choose an option that sounds fun and manageable to you.


Know Your Priorities

Identifying what is important and what can wait, can help you narrow down what tasks you need to be focusing on. It is easy to get overwhelmed by a long to-do list, so consider shortening the list by focusing on what has to be done.


Stick to A Routine

Creating a routine can help provide a clear outline of what you need to be doing during the day, and leave less room for the unknown. Creating routines around sleep time, meals, work, and more, can all provide structure in your life.


Create A Support Network

Creating a support network of positive people can be very beneficial. When feeling overwhelmed or low on motivation, it can be uplifting to have people to talk to or comfort you.


Get Help From A HealthCare Professional

If depression is becoming too much to handle, or if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you should seek help right away. A healthcare professional can help you get the care and help that you need.

If you or a loved one is having thoughts of suicide, call the confidential toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.