- Mental Health
How To Give a Damn
Have you found yourself ‘in a rut’ lately? Do you feel you’ve lost your sense of purpose? Have you busted your ass trying to succeed at something only to find that you’ve ended up right where you started? Are you giving up? Do you find yourself just going through the motions of the day? A walking zombie with nothing left to live for?
Maybe you just have a “I don’t give a damn attitude?” Well, I’m here to help. It’s time we get back to the basics. It’s time people start giving a damn again.
Step One: Wake Up
Yes. Wake up and get out of the bed or off the couch. Maybe take a shower and put on some clothes? I don’t care if you don’t have anywhere to go, just do it. I promise you will feel better and even find that you WANT to leave the house today. If you are a woman, you know we can’t resist “being all dressed up with no place to go” and that probably rings true for the men, too, though they won’t admit it. Get yourself all pretty and get your butt out of the door. It’s a good hair day, you’ll find just going to the grocery store will be rewarding. If you look good, you’ll feel good too. Trust me.
Step Two: Eat Something GOOD
There’s a reason they label some meals as “soul food” and I believe any good meal is good for our soul. In fact, it’s my opinion that food should be ‘our drugs of choice’ for the times we are tempted to drown our sorrows with alcohol or drugs. Filling our bellies is much more satisfying and gives us a ‘thankful fill’. Oh, and do you want to make the meal even better? See Step Three
Step Three: Invite Someone To Eat WITH You
The only way to make a meal better and touch your soul through your taste buds and belly is to share the meal with another person. Invite someone out to eat with you. Find a place you both have never been, but want to try. OR! Here’s an idea: Invite them to your home to eat with you. I don’t know about you, but when I find myself in one of these, “I don’t give a damn’ ruts, I also find my home in a mess. This you may not notice until after Step One. Look around. If you haven’t given a thought to anything else in your life for a while, chances are your house is a mess, too. What will give you the motivation to get up and clean it? Invite someone over!! You’ll find yourself scrubbing and putting things away in no time. And a neat and clean environment, makes you feel good inside too. Trust me.
On a side note: The person you invite doesn't have to be a potential “date” for you, either. This could be a relative, an old friend you've found on Facebook, or a neighbor. The best thing to do? Look around at the people in your life and find someone that seems to not give a damn either. This person needs this as much as you do.
Step Four: Turn On The News
Yes, News around the world will probably depress you. There’s a lot of bad things going on the world and it’s SO sad. You have to ask yourself, though, what in your life has been so bad? Does it compare to the horrible news of what others are dealing with right now in the world? Probably not. If you can watch the news, read the headlines and not FEEL any ounce of compassion then - well, then something is wrong with you and you must continue to the other steps quickly.
Step Five: Breakup With Yourself
You've woken up, felt clean, good, have a full tummy from a nice meal and hopefully you've shared this time with someone else, and you've turned on the news. By now you realize you aren't alone in the world. There are other people out there just like you. Other people worse off than you. So why are feeling so down? Who’s been holding you back? Who’s the one that doesn't give a damn anymore? Who’s the one that’s given up? YOU! So just like a bad relationship it’s time to break up with YOU. Stop putting so much pressure on yourself. Just let it go. If you’re not giving a damn, anyway, then stop giving a damn about YOU. Stop being so damn selfish. Yeah, you heard me.
Places to Help
- American Red Cross
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- PAY IT FORWARD FOUNDATION
- Donate to Volunteers of America
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Step Six: Do Something Nice and Unexpected For Someone ELSE
You may have already done this when you invited a neighbor over for dinner. Maybe at that time your goal was for YOU to feel better. However, after you break up with yourself, you start paying attention to others in your life. Your invitation might have meant so much to that person. Did you talk? Did you listen? You may have found that you weren't the only one who benefited from the dinner. This is a good start. Maybe you should do it again sometime.
Doing something nice and unexpected doesn't have to be a big production. Pay attention to people around you. This could be as simple as reaching for an item on a high shelf for another customer in the grocery store, picking up an item that someone dropped, holding the door open for someone, or letting them into traffic. Simple, small acts of kindness, goes a long way. It’s also contagious.
Maybe when you watched the news you heard of a local family who lost their home and belongings in a fire? Maybe while you were cleaning up your home you noticed you have too much stuff – Maybe, just maybe, you have an idea to collect your clothes or things you don’t use (cause you haven’t gave a damn about them in a while) and you find yourself getting dressed, loading down your car, and donating these items to someone that really needs them. Wow! You've come a long way already! Congratulations! You give a damn! You don’t always need money to help out somewhere. Sometimes you already have what someone else needs. Sometimes, just a few hours out of your day, (which you would have spent sulking on the couch on in front of the computer) can make a big difference too. Maybe you enjoy animals more than people? HAHA! Well, no excuses, there are places to volunteer for them too.
VERY IMPORTANT !
Everyone wants the same thing. We all want to be treated with kindness and compassion. Yet, We only GET what we GIVE. I promise you, start putting out more good in the world, push yourself to not give up, and give a damn about someone other than you, and you might find yourself “getting your groove back”.
Too many of us find ourselves in these ruts and we wait around for something or someone to come to our rescue. We want big changes. Instant results. But, YOU are your own captor. Don’t forget that.
And in conclusion, these steps may seem like a bunch of bologna to you, but frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. I published them anyway. =)
If you related to the person who doesn't give a damn anymore, but just can’t find the strength to get up of the couch. If this actually touched you, but you still feel empty inside, there IS still hope.
You may not want to hear it, but clinical depression is also a real illness. Don’t be ashamed to talk to your doctor about some help. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend or family member for help either. No one can help you if you don't ask for it.