Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. According to CDC.gov a whopping 26% of the U.S. adult population is considered to suffer from depression. This is both worrying and, maybe even, a bit comforting.
Comforting? Yes, you read that right. It means, if you are suffering from depression, you are not alone.
I have suffered with depression throughout most of my life. As a child, it was just a sadness without cause. Something I really didn’t understand. As an adult some days it can feel debilitating, but something I always manage to get through.
Now, as a spiritual guide, you are probably wondering why I would ever admit such a thing. It is my way of letting you know that you can overcome this feeling. Depression does not and will not last forever.
Having depressive episodes allows me to truly understand how to best motivate myself and others. If I didn’t suffer with this I wouldn’t be able to understand why other people lack motivation or feel like they are stuck. I am able to connect on a level that others cannot.
When you feel stuck, depressed,and think life will never get better I encourage you to try some of the tactics I use to pull myself back into the light of positivity. It may be hard, but it is always doable.
3 Ways to go From Depressed to Motivated
While listening to some Youtube videos one day I came across a video that provided one of the best methods I have ever used to pull myself out of a funk. It is called the 5,4,3,2,1 method by Mel Robbins.
When you feel yourself hesitating to get a task done or feel a depressive mood starting, using the 5,4,3,2,1 method can be very effective. What it does is stops your autonomic system from taking over and forces you to use your prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is the part of your mind that helps you make decisions.
When you find a trigger method to stop a recurring habit, like the 5,4,3,2,1 method, you can quickly rewire your brain to move past that habit and make massive changes. It can be hard to remind yourself in the moment so you can start with putting a note with 5,4,3,2,1 in places you commonly look: your phone, the bathroom mirror, on the fridge, your work desk, etc.
If you use this method, you are bound to see results if you really put in the effort.
Motivational videos have been my go to for getting myself out of depressive moods for quite some time. Every time I listen to something motivational it re-ignite my motivation flame to get me back on track.
I will typically listen to Youtube videos of people, such as, Tom Bilyeu, Tony Robbins, Stefan at Project Life Mastery, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Carey, and more. I take at least 10 minutes each day to listen to a motivation video so I can tackle the day in high gear.
3.Write it Out
Writing is a very therapeutic method to use when suffering from depression. It allows your thoughts to move from your head to a different source. If you currently do not have a journal I encourage you to get one. You can even use something as simple as a plain notebook.
I write at the end of every day to see what I accomplished, get my mood in check, and figure out what I need to do for the next day.
Writing is also really effective if you feel that you have no one else to talk to or don’t care to ‘burden’ other people. I would much rather write my thoughts out then put my mood onto someone else. If talking to another is more effective for you, though, please continue doing that. As long as that person is supportive, seeking out another is a great way to heal.
These are just some of the methods that I use to eliminate my depressive thoughts. While I have come to accept that I will probably always suffer from small bouts of depression, I am comforted in knowing that I have plenty of tactics to overcome the feeling.
What tips did you find the most useful? If there’s anything you would like to add let me know!
Also, If you are suffering from depression, especially suicidal depression please seek professional help immediately at 1-800-273-8255. Your life IS important.