Mental health is one of our biggest set backs in this world. Days come and go, but some days it feels as if the weight of the world is on our shoulders and we become functionless, while other days we are at the top or our game and able to get anything and everything done. Now it’s okay to have those off days, but it’s when those days become weeks, months, years, when it starts being a problem. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, mental and physical stressors, or one of many other disorders, there is always an impact on your physical productivity. That change in productivity can easily spiral out of hand when we start putting out selves down for not being productive or feeling as though we are worthless and unmotivated.
Those feelings of being unmotivated or worthless, often referred to as “being lazy”, come and go quickly and often without warning. Since this feeling is associated with laziness, we are preprogramed to respond to in in a negative way. When this happens, we start to question our purpose or reasoning for completing our daily tasks, or rather we start to create a negative outlook on these things and ourselves based on these predetermined notions. Once this happened it can become an endless cycle, that becomes hard to fix. These moments can’t be stopped and the hardest thing to remember is tomorrow is a new day and we have the chance to start over.
So, the question here is how do we fix this cycle? Well, naturally the only real way to break the cycle is to start being productive again. However, this can be one of that hardest things to accomplish when you feel this way. There are ways to make it easier however. I am in no way an expert on the matter, but as someone who has dealt with this throughout my life, I have found a few ways to make it easier. One of the first steps would be to figure out the cause of the problem. Now I know this seems obvious to some of you, but it is a big part of solving any problem. Once you have identified to problem some helpful advice would be to try providing some fun, rewarding activities in your day to help push you to get moving. I’ve heard it time and time again that exercise will help you become more productive, while that may work for some people, not everyone is the same. If exercising isn’t something you enjoy it will only become another chore on your progressively growing list of things to do. Rather than adding in something you will hate, try finding one thing you enjoy doing. Even if you must push yourself a little to do it, you will end up thanking yourself for accomplishing something in your day. No matter how big or small a task is, the accomplished feeling will push you to want to accomplish more.
Once you have accomplished something you enjoy, try finding another small task to complete, and so on. But don’t forget to take small breaks from being productive. If you overwhelm yourself with things to do you will only feel like giving up, take it one thing at a time. Life’s too short to be constantly stressing over everything you want/need to do. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and determine if everything you have set out for yourself is necessary. We often overload ourselves to the point of burn out, which leads to lack of motivation as well. So, don’t hesitate to go out and treat yourself occasionally, or take the time to relax before moving on to the next task. It’s human nature, and we aren’t on this planet to work our lives away. Enjoy your life, live in the moment, and feel free to pursue your dreams.