When you’re struggling with a mental illness, it can be hard to find the energy to get through each day. Our days are often pretty busy, and it can feel increasingly overwhelming if you aren’t feeling your best. However, I’ve found that when I start doing something that engages my mind and body in a positive way, my energy begins to grow and I find it easier to get through the events, tasks, and challenges of each day. The energy I gain from doing one thing often carries over into the next thing that I do.
There are a variety of ways in which you can build up your momentum. For instance, I gain a lot of energy through physical movement. If I’m sitting on the couch for a long time, it can be hard to stand up. But when I do get up and start walking around, it’s as if a switch turns on in my mind. Suddenly, I’m more aware of my surroundings and my mental energy grows. Any kind of movement, from stretching or exercising to simply walking from Point A to Point B, may help you stimulate your mind and give you a little push to keep moving forward.
Working on a single task is another great way to gain momentum. It can be anything from a school assignment to a household chore. Completing or at least working on one thing can give you a sense of accomplishment, which can motivate you to keep going throughout your day.
Like many coping strategies, this may not work all the time. There might be some days where you just can’t muster up the energy to move, or you may not feel energized as you go through the motions of each day. But one simple activity can give your mind and body the energy they need to keep going. According to an ancient Chinese proverb, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Take your first step today, and you will eventually build the momentum to move forward through your day and your recovery.
How do you find your momentum? What helps you? What makes it difficult for you? Share with us below!