I have had a couple days lately where I stayed in bed longer than I wanted to. I am one of those moms and wives that gets up with everyone else and since I work at home, I can go back to bed if I want after they have left for school and work, respectively. Lately, I’ve given in to that urge more often than I would care to admit.
I don’t know about you but it makes me feel bad to sleep too long. For me, it’s during the day because I work at home. For many, just getting out of bed in the morning and having to get to work is a chore that is almost overwhelming. I want to use my time wisely and not be a sloth – or at least not feel like one. I am always afraid that procrastination will become a habit that I can’t break and might lead into habits of depression.
Lack of motivation is one of the symptoms of clinical depression. That doesn’t mean that just because you haven’t been able to get up and go lately, you must be clinically depressed. It just means that if you don’t do something about your instinctive laziness soon, you might be leading yourself in that direction.
There are ways to pull yourself up and get going. Here are a few suggestions:
- Start eating better. You may not realize how much this affects your mental health as well as your physical health. There are foods that release chemicals in your brain to make you feel happy and satisfied. Food helps your blood flow correctly, your bones become stronger and your organs work properly. Do some research and consult with a nutritionist or your family doctor about what you can personally do to enhance your diet.
- Get enough sleep. You don’t have to get eight hours of sleep every night to function well. In fact, most people have their own satisfactory sleep average. Discover what yours is and do your best to sleep during regular sleeping hours (at night). If you have a job working 2nd or 3rd shift, this will be quite the challenge for you. Do your best and just try to get solid sleep regularly.
- Exercise. This sounds so simple, doesn’t it? We all know getting proper exercise can be a nearly impossible task, especially if you have a lot of pans in the fire at one time. Work in at least three half hour workouts during your week. It may seem like a small amount to you but you will notice it makes a huge difference.
- Maintain a comfortable schedule. If you are constantly confused about what you need to do next, you won’t want to do any of it and you will end up putting it off until it’s either almost too late or much too late.
Lack of motivation can cause a multitude of problems because procrastination means things that need to be done are not getting done. Those things still need to be done, however, and your time to do them has been cut down severely. All because you didn’t want to get up and get moving.
Procrastination can cause problems in relationships when you aren’t keeping your word about anything, such as taking care of a task, paying a bill or picking up an essential item from the store. It can cause utilities to be cut off, friends to stop talking to you, and lost jobs… all because you just didn’t feel like doing it. You just didn’t feel like getting up.
If you do feel this way, don’t feel alone. As I said, I have that problem sometimes, too. It’s when you start noticing destruction in your life and relationships as a result of your lack of motivation that you are really in the danger zone. Try the aforementioned suggestions to make sure you are taking care of yourself well.
If you are already taking steps to get a schedule and get motivated but don’t feel you can change much more for the better (which we all know – when are improvements not needed?) and your motivation level is still rock bottom, it may be time to seek out professional help. Get some counseling or see your family doctor. If you don’t think your problems are that bad, speak to a close friend that you trust, a relative you can count on or your clergyman. Find someone who will listen, not judge and respond with wise advice or at least the comfort you need.
Just don’t feel alone. When you are lying in bed thinking “I really need to be getting up and going”, think instead that you will be better off up and moving around. Once you have made up your mind to get back on track, it won’t take long till you find yourself feeling better physically and mentally. Your body and mind are so much better off when your blood is flowing and you’re getting stuff done. The feeling of achievement and pride are wonderful rewards for taking care of business.