Just Do It (No, Not the Shoe Thing)
While we’re talking about health and depression, I’d like to address a specific part of motivation, and just what it means for health and fitness. Now obviously you have to be motivated in order to change your life for the better, and for some that’s an easy enough task. All you need to do is think about what you’d like to change, then figure out the ways you can accomplish that, and boom, you’re off. But for some, it’s just plain not that easy.
Depression and self-confidence don’t tend to mix that well. I wouldn’t say they’re oil and water, but it can get pretty difficult to be bummed out when you think you’re great. Of course, you very well may be great, but depression isn’t going to necessarily let you think that.
So if someone tells you “Eat right and exercise! Don’t do it for me, do it for you.”, you may think to yourself, “Why the hell would I do it for me? I don’t even like that guy/girl!” and you’re not going to get very motivated. If that’s the situation, what are you going to do?
Speaking from experience, I can tell you that sometimes, you’ve got to eat right and exercise for other people. I know, it’s not a very uplifting thing to read, but hear me out. For some, motivation is hard to get started and “Do it for you.” isn’t going to cut it. Instead, find what will work. Will eating right and exercising work if you do it for your kids? Your parents? Your siblings? Your lover? Well do it for them! Are you wanting to get fit so you can ride Space Mountain? Do it for Space Mountain! Want to get back into that old corset? Do it for the corset! I think you get my point.
Start there. Start by doing it for whatever it takes to get your motivation going. Then, once you’re making better choices for yourself and feeling better, that’s when you’ll probably realize that in all likelihood, you really are doing it for yourself. And you really do like that person after all.