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Have you ever had a time you didn't feel like doing ANYTHING?

Asked by Yellowdog (11162points) 1 month ago

We often experience times when we don’t feel like doing what needs to be done: paying bills, studying for a test, completing a project. I think that’s a universal experience. But what about when you don’t feel like doing anything at all? Not even the things you normally enjoy doing—not even resting or doing nothing at all?

For me, when this happens, I feel restless, antsy, subtly bored. But nothing I can think about doing feels worth doing.

I once wondered if this feeling was due to a medication I was taking, but that does not seem to be the case. I just find it hard to get anything accomplished because I don’t feel like doing anything. Not even pausing for a break.

Is there anything to shake this?

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anniereborn's avatar

I feel like that often. But I have Bipolar 2 and PTSD. I have been on meds for 25 years. They have helped, but there is no magic cure. I have only found that time shakes it. I always come out of it eventually. It’s a symptom of my depression.

Zaku's avatar

Meditation, therapy, Feldenkrais and other ways of cracking through your stuck patterns and ego.

Also, sometimes, going outside and walking around, sleeping, going someplace you haven’t been before, or rarely go.

tinyfaery's avatar

Sounds like depression.

Cupcake's avatar

I would recommend talking to your doctor. Could be depression, like @tinyfaery said. Could be low testosterone. Could be COVID.

It’s great to find strategies to address, but also good to look into underlying medical/biochemical causes.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Yeah, please get that checked out, buddy. A lot of people are going through some tough times right now. Suicides are high, physical abuse is high, violence is still high. Covid fatigue is setting in and some people are more susceptible to depression.

Can you maybe take a long weekend for a fun trip or visit a favorite family member who always makes you smile?

My mom is prone to depression so I’ve been keeping pretty close contact with her daily through this, when I can’t visit. It’s a real issue so I hope you consider it seriously. The NAMI hotline is always available for you or anyone going through a tough time mentally. 800–950-NAMI (6264)

LuckyGuy's avatar

That is when I take a nap.

Yellowdog's avatar

I have been diagnosed with Severe Depressive Disorder and Bipolar—I went ahead and took some meds though I think it could take a month for much improvement I hear.

@LuckyGuy a case in point—trying to take a nap right now would be very boring. I’d feel antsy and feel I need to be doing something else, for stimulation.

JLeslie's avatar

Sure, but if it’s fleeting I don’t worry about it. If it’s days or weeks in a row I try to figure out what’s going on.

When I’ve been depressed I’ve felt like that.

Anxiety can be a byproduct of depression, so it isn’t very odd to me that doing nothing makes you antsy and you also feel no motivation to do something. Oy. It feels impossible to feel good.

I have had times in my life when I was anxious, constant low level anxiety, but was not in touch with feeling depressed at all. I felt sort of fearful and paralyzed.

Also, when my thyroid is very hypo I’m like that. I’m assuming they test your thyroid with you diagnosis.

Sucks to feel that way, hopefully you feel better soon.

I’m usually able to pull myself out of it with reframing my thoughts and doing some things I like. Kind of a fake it until you make it attitude, but it’s different if you are in a clinician depression or your thyroid is so out of whack that your low energy is literally physiological. Therapy might help, but giving medication a chance seems like a good idea.

Maybe try to think of what used to bring you joy and attempt to do it. For me that’s usually dancing or calling up an old friend and reconnecting. I know it’s not simple. It’s not like I suddenly I feel better, it’s a process.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Yellowdog I’m not trying to pry, but with that diagnosis, why weren’t you on your meds? You know it doesn’t go away and they say that going on and off them is not a good way to live.

I’m no doctor, by any means, but with my mom’s similar diagnosis, I just had to mention it, as that was what she was told. When she calls me crying, I always ask if she’s on her meds and almost always the answer is no, I felt so good.

Best of luck, I’m here if you ever want to chat or PM. :D

Inspired_2write's avatar

Seasonal changes such as Fall and winter usually result in bored feelings etc

Usually it just takes time to adjust to the changes in usual outdoor activities that are now nonexistent .

At this time of year most are into fitness at the Gym or joining winter outdoor events, courses, activities like in this link of my area.

And not sure what you would have available in your area , so maybe check that out.

Surely others are feeling the same as you do at this time of year, so join groups on social media to find out what interests are available.

Something to consider.

Action related.
Also language courses are usually available now. I am considering taking a Learn French language class that is being offered in our local French school to the public.

Here is a link for an idea what’s available here but check your own area too.
https://www.jasper.travel/winter/

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Yes 15 years ago when I slipped on the ice and broke 3 ribs. Nothing helped. Sitting didn’t help. Taking a shower didn’t help. watch t.v. or reading a book didn’t help.

I felt like you when I was a teenager and as a young adult. Sleep didn’t help, playing video games didn’t help, it was spooky and I can’t describe how I felt. I just sat on the couch with my feet against the wall.

I skipped 88 days of school that year in grade 7. I needed help from anyone.

Jeruba's avatar

I associate that feeling with depression: the disinclination to do anything, and also that restless twitchiness that defeats any sense of quiet calm. I’ve been through a few periods like that over many years, going back to college. I’m trying to fight one off now.

What goes along with them is difficulty remembering that it might ever be otherwise: instead there’s the conviction that it was always like that, it will always be like that, it’s always like that for everybody, there’s no such thing as happiness or peace or even relief, and anybody who says different is lying.

That attitude makes it very hard to change anything. Sometimes denial is my only ally.

I remember reading a writer’s description of his own depression. He said that his book had been published, and he received a royalty check from the publisher for $7000. When he opened the envelope, the check slid out and fell on the floor. And he was just too paralyzed by depression to lean down and pick it up.

As long as I’m not that immobilized, I can do something. And something seems to be the only antidote to nothing.

Best wishes to you, @Yellowdog. I hope you find the something. Here’s a thought: try to find it someplace other than in politics, which in the end will only break your heart.

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