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5 Ways To Increase Your Motivation When You’re Struggling With Depression

10/08/2018

One of my biggest struggles with depression is that it drains me completely of any motivation or energy. 

No matter how much I might want to do something, I just can’t seem to. I end up laying in bed all day, sometimes managing to read or watch something on Netflix; but usually I just end up staring into space for hours at a time. 

And I hate it. 

I’m one of those people who loves to be busy, to be up and doing things and feeling like I’ve accomplished a lot with my day; even as a kid I preferred learning something new or doing homework over playing. 

Yes, I was a very unusual child! 

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So when I can’t get anything done, it makes me feel even worse and I end up in a cycle of having no motivation, feeling bad for not getting anything productive done, which then make me even more de-motivated.

It’s a cycle that is really easy to get stuck in, and one that can be very hard to break. 

Get straight out of bed

As tempting as it is, try not to check your phone when you first wake up. I’ve found that if I just lie there for a long period of time scrolling through social media, any motivation I might have woken up with quickly goes away. 

As part of my morning self care routine, I try and avoid checking my phone until I’ve had a stretch and got out of bed; I’ll usually respond to my texts and check the news while I’m making and eating my breakfast. 

Get dressed 

As tempting as it is to just lounge around in your pjs all day (especially if you’re self employed), it will do nothing for your motivation or mood. Getting dressed is a great way to show yourself and your brain that you have things to do, and help differentiate between working and sleeping/relaxing. 

It’s the same as when people say you shouldn’t work from your bed; that’s the place that your brain associates with sleeping and it automatically goes into that mentality when you’re there.

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I do occasionally work from my bed in my pjs (mostly if I’m not feeling very well), but I’ve noticed that when I get dressed and take my laptop/iPad into the living room, I get so much more work done! 

Do your hair and makeup 

I struggle with my body image quite a bit, and if I don’t like the way I look it can have a big impact on my mental health and motivation for the day. So once I’m dressed, I take a bit of time to fill in my eyebrows, add a touch of foundation or concealer and a coat or two of mascara; just enough to make me feel good about the way I look. 

I’ll also make sure to brush and lightly style my hair, usually just quickly straightening the front and adding a little product to give it a lift and make it less flat. 

Journal 

Journalling is something I’ve really fallen in love with recently. It doesn’t have to be a beautify looking bullet journal if thats not your thing, you can just scribble down your thoughts and goals into an old notebook you have lying around. 

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Think about all the good things that are going on, no matter how small they might seem and the things that make you feel hopeful and positive. You can also use this as an opportunity to set achievable intentions and goals for the coming weeks or months. 

Be kind to yourself 

You’re not going to feel any motivation if you’re trying to force yourself to do things, especially if you aren’t in the right place mentally. Take some self care time, close your to do list and just do a small task like putting clothes away or making your bed. 

Once you’ve got one small task out of the way, you’ll hopefully find it easier to move onto another small task, and then another. But if you can only manage one small task, or even none at all, remember to always be kind and understanding towards yourself; we’re our own biggest critics and worse enemies at times.

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5 Ways To Increase Your Motivation When You’re Struggling With Depression

44 responses to “5 Ways To Increase Your Motivation When You’re Struggling With Depression”

  1. Rachael says:

    This is a really lovely post. I always struggle to actually get dressed and just stay in PJ’s if I’m just staying in.

  2. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you 🙂 and it’s so hard to do, it’s so much easier to just stay in your pjs lol

  3. lifeofshar says:

    very true about getting out of bed straight away and also getting ready. I normally get really down when I know I have got to do uni work ans something that makes me feel refreshed and ready to write stupid essays is getting dresses, washing my face, tidying my work area and brushing my hair, it is crazy how much these little things we don’t do when we are feeling down, but they help so much, great post xx

  4. I think those tips would work for everyone! Being kind to yourself can sometimes be so hard because you just forget what it means. But when you do remember, you feel much better!

  5. I definitely agree with all of these things! Sitting through scrolling in the morning makes me feel much more tired in the long run. Even though I’m unable to work at the moment, I still try and get up, get showered and get dressed every day unless I’m having a REALLY horrendous day as it really does make me feel more motivated, productive and better in general.
    It really is the little things that help the most on the worst days!
    Alice Xx
    http://Www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

  6. Jade Marie says:

    It really is amazing how much small things help, I’m glad that it helps you to get your uni essays done!xx

  7. Jade Marie says:

    Very true! Being kind to yourself is so difficult but it’s something we all need to do; we need to give ourselves permission to look after ourselves and put ourselves first!

  8. I’ve suffered with depression and i wish i wouldve had some tips like this, i think i might’ve been able to cope a little bit better x

  9. Jade Marie says:

    Your blog is your work hun, please don’t think otherwise – I used to feel so crap that I can’t work because of my mental health but then I realised that my blog is a job and I work hard on that; you do too! ☺️

    Im glad that it really helps you feel more motivated, the little things really do make a big difference!xx

  10. Jade Marie says:

    I’m sorry to hear that hun! 😔 I hope you never have to struggle with it again, but if you do I hope that these tips can be of some help to you!x

  11. carson bohdi says:

    First time reader here: you gave some great advice! I struggle with mental health, anxiety mainly, and I try to do these things as well! Being kind to yourself is huge b/c mental illness will harm you and having the ability to combat it through self-compassion or kindness is amazing! keep on doing these things and I can’t wait to read more from you 🙂

  12. Bexa says:

    This is such a great post Jade and I definitely agree with everything here. I study from home and can really struggle with self-motivation at times. I tend to check my phone first thing which always slows me down. I need to get in the habit of getting dressed first. Journalling is such a great activity and a really effective way to clear your mind and put things into perspective. Thank you for sharing lovely <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  13. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Bexa! Yeah checking your phone is the worst in a lot of ways, it just sucks you in and I can easily loose hours just scrolling through Twitter and Instagram. I’ve only recently got into journaling but I’m really enjoying it – it’s so therapeutic! 🖤 xx

  14. Jade Marie says:

    Hello and welcome, I’m so glad you’ve found my blog! ☺️ Thank you for your lovely comment, being kind to yourself is definitely a big part of looking after yourself; but something I think we all struggle with! I hope you like some of my other content, I have a whole section on anxiety and you might find something helpful/interesting there ☺️

  15. Tami Nieto says:

    I appreciate this so much! I struggle with lack of motivation constantly! Today is the first day I’ve been remotely productive this week! What I do is make sure i get enough sleep and focus on building someone else up…it helps me when I don’t focus on how “bored” or “unproductive” i am. Then I’ll do something tiny that helps me feel like I did something and as you mentioned, it does tend to snowball into a better feeling and day! Thank you for putting everything here…I’ll take advantage of them and maybe it will help manage my depression.

  16. Sarah says:

    This is such a good post! Great tips! I literally always check my phone before I get out of bed and I end up taking forever to get up and get ready for the day. I work from home so that quiet time in the morning (before the kids wake up) could be spent doing something much more predictive. Thanks for the tip!

  17. Some great tip there Jade,

    I agree that if you get up straight away there’s much more chance of having a productive day.

    Ashleigh

  18. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Ashleigh 🙂 I think it’s one of the most important thing you can do in a morning.

  19. Jade Marie says:

    Well done on having a productive day, make sure to reward yourself for it 🙂 I hope these tips do help you in the future lovely and I’m glad doing something small works for you too!

  20. Jade Marie says:

    You’re welcome lovely! I’d definitely recommend trying out not checking it if you can, if you don’t notice a difference then at least you’ve tried it 🙂

  21. eviebraithwaite says:

    This is such a lovely post. My morning routine now consists of me getting up around 6am, going for a walk in the fresh air, and then doing a workout. I try and not touch my phone for a couple of hours as I find I’m so unproductive otherwise! I have so many days where all I want to do is lie in bed and waste the day away, but these tips are something I try and implement into my daily life to get me out of a rut. Loved this post, self-care and our mental health are things we really need to prioritise, thanks for sharing! x

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

  22. Be Kind to yourself! This is so very important!
    Hugs!

    – Aditi
    http://www.aditispen.com

  23. Lia says:

    This was beautiful! And I can relate to all of these tips. I think journaling has changed my life lol it has contributed to me being aware of how I feel and respecting myself, setting boundaries and maintaining my standards! Thank you for sharing!

    https://insidethethoughtsoflia.wordpress.com

  24. Heather says:

    Love these tips, I’m in such a rut when it comes to checking my phone first thing in the morning so will definitely start getting out of bed and making my breakfast first before I decide to pick up my phone.

    Heather | x Highland Beauty

  25. These are some really great tips, although I dont struggle with depression I do sometimes struggle with motivation and getting up and getting dressed makes a huge difference. I am far less apt to get anything done if I stick to my pjs. I have also found I am far more productive if I go for my run early in the morning or just move around, exercise seems to perk me up a good bit when i’am feeling unmotivated.

  26. Tami Nieto says:

    They will! I’ve already forgotten what you said, so I’ll have to refresh my memory haha. Thank you for the compliment! I rewarded myself and I will once I get a major bit of my plans complete this week. Major home reorganization and donation drive on the books this month!

  27. Jade Marie says:

    That sounds like a great morning routine! I wish I could go for a walk in the mornings; I live in the countryside but I don’t like to walk around on my own after an incident that happened when I was younger 🙁 I’m glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂 x

  28. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad journaling has helped you so much! Its definitely helped me to practice mindfulness more often 🙂

  29. Jade Marie says:

    not checking my phone has definitely been a game changer for me! Hopefully it help you too 🙂

  30. Sarah says:

    A relatable and realistic post. I also will get dressed, make myself look nice to get myself going. Getting stuck in bed scrolling through my phone is a bad habit of mine so I might try your tip around this! Xx

  31. I love this post – it is exactly what I need when I’m having a low day. Simple things – just get up and get dressed! I am so bad at always looking at my phone first thing, that’s a really good suggestion. Just found your blog via Blogging Buddies and I’m loving all your posts already <3 Can't wait to read more!

  32. Getting out of bed is a big one for me. Once I get up and moving, I can convince myself to do so much more, but if I allow myself to chill in bed the time gets away from me.
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

  33. pixieskies says:

    Hell yes to craving productivity! This feeling can often be the enemy for me, but as you said sometimes just getting dressed in the morning is enough to start getting myself out of the slump.

    -pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com xo

  34. These tips are amazing! And your blog itself is gorgeous as well 🙂

  35. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much lovely! 🙂 I’m glad you found the tips helpful as well 🙂

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  37. Kim says:

    This is a great post! When my mental health is at its worst I struggle a lot to get motivated especially in the mornings or when my insomnia hits me.
    Kim | http://chimmyville.co.uk

  38. Rasya says:

    I’m so guilt in okayjng with my phone as soon as I wake up. I’ve probably waste around an hour checking social media and emails by doing so.

  39. Jade Marie says:

    It’s scary how much time you can waste on social media/email/checking the news!

  40. Aw this is nice… As soon as I saw the title I was like “OMG YES finally.” I feel like lots of parts about depression and anxiety are addressed but rarely the severe lack of motivation that comes with it. My depression can make me sad but mostly, it drains me of any will to do much with my life. If that makes sense. I used to always think I was lazy but I think it’s a mix of that and depression. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  41. Jade Marie says:

    You’re definitely not lazy lovely, it’s one of the most common side effects unfortunately 😔 I agree that it isn’t spoken about enough, everyone always talks about the sadness like it’s the only side effect when there are quite a few others – plus everyone struggles with it differently so no two people are the same! I’m glad you enjoyed the post ☺️

  42. I love that I found you because you understand exactly. Depression does show itself in many different forms. Thank you for saying I’m not lazy 💕It was nice to hear

  43. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad to have been able to remind you lovely! 💛 if you ever need someone to talk to, my DM’s are always open ☺️

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