Depression and Finding Motivation

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I have a hard time getting motivated myself. I do notice that when I start something new (new job, new classes, new book, etc.) things are easier for awhile. Is there any way you can move to another position at work? If a complete switch isn't possible, ask for different tasks. Maybe an exercise class could help: you get exercise and socialization in one.

I also recommend talking with a counselor. They might be able to find out why you're not motivated, and what you can do to help yourself want to get out of bed each day.
 
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Thank you for the advice, I have heard all the usual advice before about exersize, CBT and the like. One of the ways I can see myself overcoming this is making some of the ideas I have a reality, they are generally significant projects and the type of thing that will keep my mind stimulated. I guess I was interested to know if anyone here had overcome the motivation barrier to achieve certain goals, and if it ultimately led to a better state of mind overall.

As for Socialising, I'm an introvert, a socially comfortable one, but an introvert none the less. I really do find alot of people tiring, or perhaps its just the people where I live.
 

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Thank you for the advice, I have heard all the usual advice before about exersize, CBT and the like. One of the ways I can see myself overcoming this is making some of the ideas I have a reality, they are generally significant projects and the type of thing that will keep my mind stimulated. I guess I was interested to know if anyone here had overcome the motivation barrier to achieve certain goals, and if it ultimately led to a better state of mind overall.

As for Socialising, I'm an introvert, a socially comfortable one, but an introvert none the less. I really do find alot of people tiring, or perhaps its just the people where I live.
I find it easier to achieve longer term goals by not focusing on the entire thing. It can be daunting to think that you're going to exercise every day for the rest of your life. :yuck:

Instead, I would focus on the first few weeks and decide that you want to give it a chance no matter how you feel. The first few weeks of an exercise program can be difficult if you've been inactive. So, you have to go into it with that understanding. Within two to four weeks, it should get a little easier and you can decide at that point whether it's for you - and, how it's affecting your mood.

In order to succeed, I would also examine my routine to see where I could fit in the workouts. Find the best place to fit it in where you will have the fewest excuses. If you decide to try, there are people on the forum, including myself, who could help you get started.
 

Alfi

And 27? Pah! I just turned 45 mate! 27? IF ONLY! [wait for comments from the oldER geezers]

LOL- 54 years old and still searching for those type of answers. In my 'mind' I'm still 33.
I just went from School Bus driving back into the work force as an Electronics Engineering technologist, troubleshooting some Dell, IBM, and some other names, computer PC main board faults.
Age is not the issue. And only age came prove that point. :)
 
I have had bad depression. I had a good job as a systems engineer but got depression and left. I haven't worked for over 4 years.
 
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Become an evil mad scientist that will cure any depression.
 
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do hot yoga. it is very intense at first but when you get in shape you will like you have a lot more energy .
 
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A lot of it goes back to the nature/nurture if you want to do some self examination of your 'attitude/disposition/status'. Some people can do it better than others due to the nature/nurture of who they are (what they have come to know).

Motivation is big business and there's reasons why it is. The 'stuck in a rut' feeling is more from 'nurture' in my opinion, and its one reason why people take vacations and 'do' things.

And, sometimes just a small change in habits is enough to initiate motivation. Its not like the nature/nurture sometimes 'stuck in a rut' is new to the world.

I sort of hate to bring to a 'oh, no, not this again', but for some, looking at it as a '12-step program' is realistic.

One of my basic mantras (and I seem to have quite a few of them) is that its better to know something than not to know something. So, reading to know something that relates to what one is wondering about can't hurt.

The idea of "ignorance is bliss" only works for those who don't care, so reading about different attitudes may help to redefine one's attitude to broaden the scope of the various attitudes that have come to exist from other peoples' search for what is important and worthwhile. To me, its one of the first steps in realizing why you/someone is 'stuck in a rut'.

I read a lot of Edmund Burke when I was in college for my own example, and the I Ching .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Burke

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Ching
 
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One of the ways I can see myself overcoming this is making some of the ideas I have a reality, they are generally significant projects and the type of thing that will keep my mind stimulated. I guess I was interested to know if anyone here had overcome the motivation barrier to achieve certain goals, and if it ultimately led to a better state of mind overall.
There is, in fact, the psychological phenomenon of empowering. Succeeding with a project might make you feel generally better thereafter because it represents the overturning of a fixed idea that you are powerless to do one thing or another.
 
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