Depression and the Mirror: You Will Feel Better
Sometimes, when you don’t feel like working out, tell yourself “You will feel better.” Getting to the gym, even putting on your workout clothes, can be a serious challenge when you don’t feel like it. However, my mantra “You will feel better” has always made me get my ass to the gym.
A few years ago I was in a terrible depression. I had gained 30 pounds on lithium, had a DUI so was stuck with a bike as my mode of transportation, which by the way, Los Angeles is not a bike friendly city so much that I am lucky to be alive, and, I couldn’t seem to find the right medication to curb my disease.
An old friend called me and invited me to a film festival in Santa Barbara. The thought of traveling two hours to another environment made me feel anxious, tired, and useless. How was I going to slap a smile on my face and enjoy my friends film festival without being a downer. She offered to pick me up, drive to Santa Barbara, put me up in a sweet hotel and enjoy two days of film and fun. What was my problem? You have a free ride, a place to stay, and entertainment lined up. I stared at myself in the mirror and tried to get motivated:
“What’s your problem, you can do this.”
“Do it, do it, do it.”
“Do you want to be stuck in this apartment the rest of the weekend watching Sex and the City for the thousandth time?”
So, I found a way to get in her car. I made it to the festival and although my depression was still on the back burner, I managed to have a good time. It wasn’t until I arrived home that I felt different. I felt refreshed. I stood in front of the mirror and thought to myself, the next time you feel like you can’t deal, think of the aftermath and say to yourself:
“You will feel better.”
Loberg, E. (2013). Depression and the Mirror: You Will Feel Better. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/10/09/depression-and-the-mirror-you-will-feel-better/