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Suggestions on how to get more motivated?

Asked by JessicaRabbit (383points) December 13th, 2011

I find that I am very lazy and I can’t seem to shake it. Even my thoughts of things that I need to do, are tired and lazy thoughts that turn in to nothing. I cant even think sometimes because Im so tired, even when I probably couldn’t sleep if I tried. I find I drift off on to other things when I try to get something done. I have a lot on my mind lately and Im sure that doesn’t help.
I am 22 years old and should not be like this. I have been to the doctor many times before in the past over this issue, to get tests done and they never found anything. Any suggestions on how to get more motivated. I know exercise would be one, but I try that and it lasts two/three weeks tops and Im back to my lazy ways.
My life isn’t a total joke, I still do the stuff that I desperately have to do, but other than that I stay home and do nothing. I feel its ruining my life because I should be doing more than I do. Also, its rare for me to go for a night on the town with friends or something. If I am spending time with friends, its at home.

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gruff's avatar

Have you had your bloods tested?
Ask your doctor to check them again. Are your iron levels low? Do you eat much red meat?
It also sounds like you need to get out and exercise to increase your energy levels. Ask a friend to join you for a walk, run or yoga, whatever it is that appeals to you. That way they’ll motivate you to get up and moving.
Good luck with it! I hope it improves soon. It seems such a waste to be so young and to be spending your days on the couch…

JessicaRabbit's avatar

Ya I have had my blood tested before for everything. The doc told me Im fine. I am going to go again. I don’t eat a lot of meat and I do get on a routine with exercising for a bit, then something will throw me off and I go back to my ways. I hear you, I feel like Im wasting my life.

marinelife's avatar

Is it possible that you are depressed? Take the Mayo Clinic’s Depression Self-Assessment, and then talk to your doctor about medication.

talljasperman's avatar

Let the motivation happen naturally… when one tries to force motivation bad things happen and you lose authenticity and meaning.

wundayatta's avatar

I agree with @marinelife that it would be a good idea to get evaluated for depression. Although it sounds like you’ve seen a lot of the inside of a doctor’s office, so it’s hard to imagine they wouldn’t have tested already.

In any case, it does sound like you have trouble sleeping. You need to keep regular hours and sleep at least 8 hours a night. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Eat properly, and also at the same time. Keep on exercising. It’s easier if you do it with a friend and you hold each other to it. Or maybe several friend, in rotation, since some will drop out and you don’t want that to leave you with no support.

You don’t say what it is that you think you should be doing. Whatever it is, do you really want to do it, or is it just something you think you ought to do? If it’s the latter, it has no punch. You need to only consider the things you really want to do.

There’s much more to this than you can put in a question, but we’d need to know it if we were to really be able to help you.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Just get up and force yourself to do whatever. Like, when I have to clean the kitchen and I don’t want to. The first thing I do is just fill the sink with dishwater, telling myself that that’s all I have to do. I’m a grown up and nobody is going to MAKE me actually wash the dishes.
Then I’ll say, “Well, just stick a couple of plates in the water. Doesn’t mean you HAVE to wash them.”
Then, “Really, how much trouble is it to wash 3 plates?”
The next thing I know, the kitchen is clean.
Like the commercial says, “A body at rest tends to stay at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.” They should really pub Newton for that, but they don’t!

JessicaRabbit's avatar

I may be a little depressed right now because I do have a lot going on, but even before I was, I was the same way.
For me medication is not an option. I don’t even like taking tylenol if I don’t desperately need it.
@talljasperman Its been a while now and it isn’t coming naturally.

marinelife's avatar

@JessicaRabbit If you have clinical depression that means you have a chemical imbalance in your brain. Yu said that you have always felt this way. That means that you have no idea how good you can feel. I think that you should try the medication.

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