But What if I Don't Care?
As a person who wakes up on a daily basis not knowing if I'll have the energy of a tiger or be at the cognitive level similar to a sloth bear's movements . . . I GET not caring.
Even if it doesn't look like it from the outside, there are days when I struggle . . .
- to make myself exercise
- to manage a household
- to be present for my children when they need me, when all I can think about is how I'll ever get IT all done
I'm a high performing depressive. I DO eventually exercise. I CAN be present for my family. But it doesn't mean it's easy.
If you deal with depression (or have dealt with it in the past), you'll be able to relate to the real struggle called daily life.
That's the bad news.
As for the good . . . there's LOTS of it:
- Depression is very treatable. With a properly trained cognitive therapist and if necessary, the right medicines, you can experience "better living through chemistry."
- Any legitimate treatment plan will include exercise. As effective as modern medicine can be, the benefits are exponentially higher when exercise is added.
- Action can predate interest. Instead of waiting until you "feel like it", just by getting up and doing something, your motivation to enjoy life will increase.
- Having a developed social network is proven to stave off depression. If you already belong to a community such as a church or supportive gym, you're ahead of the game. If you don't, joining one can make a difference.
- People who deal with depression are more empathic. As you help yourself, you will be more available to help others.
So . . . if you don't care about losing weight or getting into a gym, don't give up. With little steps come success, then momentum and then the realization that you can feel better and maybe, just maybe do more than you once thought possible.