Rediscovering your motivation is no small feat when you’re depressed. You tend to feel numb even to do things you usually enjoy. But not all is lost, you can still feel motivated to live your life again – even when you have depression.  

According to therapists, part of the process of overcoming depression requires you to find a purpose in your life. One that’s greater than your personal needs. However, this is likely the last thing on your mind when you can’t even get out of bed in the morning. You might feel hopeless and tend to think that your life is meaningless. As such, depression can make you lose your sense of the future and purpose in life.

By rediscovering your motivation, you will build hope for the future, which will make it easier for you to feel better. Here are a few tips to help you rediscover your motivation. 

Woman on the edge of a mountain with a triumphant pose
Image by Samuel Scrimshaw

Interact with motivated people

Trying to rediscover motivation on your own can be an overwhelming task. Surrounding yourself with a community of motivated people can make the process easier. Choose the people you socialize and interact with carefully. Bad influences can make you feel worse and lead you down a negative road. The positive influence of motivated people can have a contagious effect. Soon enough you’ll find yourself thinking like them

Find a higher purpose in life

Without a purpose, your life might seem meaningless, worthless, and pointless. In an effort to feel motivated again, brainstorm ideas to help you find direction for your life. Seek to understand what you love doing. Think of what makes you want to get out of bed in the morning or what gives you a sense of accomplishment. It could be your children, your spouse, even your pet. It could be a cause you work towards to improve a small part of the world.

If you find yourself drawing a blank, then now is your chance to create a purpose for yourself. Sign up for a cause. It could be social work, environmental donations, volunteering at the animal shelter, etc. These are all greater causes that can make you feel much better about your place in the world. 

Adopt healthy coping methods for stress

Stress can lead you down a very negative road. But going through bad days and stressful situations are unavoidable. In any case, it helps to learn healthy ways of dealing with stressful situations. Avoid turning to unhealthy food, alcohol or even drugs to combat the feelings of insecurity, doubt, and depression. These will only worsen your problems rather than solve them. Instead, aim to adopt a positive way of processing your problems. One such way is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is a form of “talk therapy” proven to be very effective in treating depression. 

Take a moment right now to think which of these three tips you can apply today. Is there a positive person you can speak to and invite to a coffee sometime? Do you have a pen and paper to list all the things that give your life meaning? Whatever it is, make the conscious effort to do it now, before you leave it aside and forget.