Anxiety and depression normally goes hand-in-hand, and getting out of bed in the morning can become daunting.
The issue here is the motivation for wanting to get out of bed.
“If I get out of bed today I’m just going to have another day filled with anxiety, so what’s the point?”
It’s a difficult pattern to break, and one of the key questions I asked myself to overcome this feeling of dread was “what’s my intention?”
This question alone helped me appreciate that staying in bed and avoiding the world had no good intention. The plain and simple answer to ‘what’s my intention’ was always linked to avoidance. I stayed in bed because I thought it was easier.
When I challenged myself and looked for a different answer to the question it helped me appreciate how getting out of bed led to better intentions, and a better life.
It’s something I use on a daily basis. If I’m having a particularly lazy morning and I don’t want to get out of bed, the first question I ask is ‘what’s my intention’. I can stay in bed and doze for another hour - or I can get up, go to the gym and feel healthier, more alive, and much less anxious. The positives from getting out of bed strongly outweigh dozing for an hour, so I get out of bed.
Next time depression and anxiety is getting you down, or you’re going in a direction you know isn’t doing you any good, try asking yourself – ‘what’s my intention?’
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