One of the comments that we hear frequently at our Depressed Anonymous meetings is that “I am not alone!” Yes, in fact to hear that others have the same experiences as the rest of us in the group is liberation. No longer is it a scary mystery to feel the way that I do.
At a meeting this week one of the newcomers told us how she wakes up every morning with such a heavy and dark cloud hanging over her that it makes it near impossible to want to get out of bed. She then heard how others in the group said they had the same experience. Many of us know that feeling. But it is not impossible to deal with the lethargy and the lack of will that we feel when we attempt to get started on our day. I know the feeling well. It is the force of motivation that gets us out of bed and for us to get started on our day’s activities. The more action the more motivation. Motivation follows action! How do we do it? We just simply do it. We don’t have that argument in our mind to do or not do it. I always lost that argument. Instead I just made up my mind to get out of bed and to start walking. That was my iron commitment to myself. I had to get back on my feet. No excuses. No “maybe later” nonsense thoughts were allowed. No inner arguments. I just did it. And after about 10 minutes of walking and moving the body I thought to myself “hey, I’m glad that I am doing this.” If you feel the way we have described here then you realize that you are not alone! Been there done that! As Nike says “just do it.”