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Depression and The Lack of Motivation

One of the most difficult symptoms of depression is a lack of motivation. It’s not that we don’t want to feel better, we just lack the physical motivation to move and the emotional motivation to care if we move. Everything seems so difficult. Everything except staying under a warm blanket, hand on the remote, doing nothing, thinking nothing, feeling nothing. Depression and sleep always seem to go together.

Lack of motivation is a challenging symptom of depression. But you need motivation to recover from depression. Here’s the key to creating motivation. Read this.

I feel that way right now. I’m in my trackies and slippers, a warm blanket wrapped around my legs. The TV is on and I’ve got a zombie movie playing in the background. My motivation levels are extremely low. I just want to sleep. I did that yesterday. It was midday, I watched TV, then went back to bed and slept for another few hours. When I woke up, I didn’t want to do anything. But I did. I got out of bed, dragged the vacuum out of the closet and cleaned the floors. I didn’t want to, but I did it.

I feel like going back to bed right now – feeling much like I did yesterday. The one thing I am motivated to do today is write this blog.

Depression Zaps Your Motivation

And I guess that’s the point – the way to get motivated, even just a little bit, is to commit to doing something. Just one thing – and make sure that you do it. It doesn’t have to be much -clean the sink, make a phone call, walk the dog, walk to the kitchen, fold some laundry, dust something, play an instrument, play solitaire, write a grocery list, write a poem. It doesn’t have to be much.

Doing that one thing can give you a sense of accomplishment. However small your sense of accomplishment, be proud. If you can, build upon it. Do another small thing (Steps To Self-Care For Depression). If you can’t, that’s okay too. For now, for today, you motivated yourself to do one thing. And for that, you should be proud.

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69 thoughts on “Depression and The Lack of Motivation”

  1. I have this problem, too. I have OCD and struggle with depression. I notice that sometimes I will feel motivated to do something (this morning it was weeding my front yard) and then as soon I start doing it I feel immediately drained and exhausted and usually don’t get it done.

  2. When I read about other people with depression stay in bed with the covers over their head, I saw myself. Before I go to bed I write down one goal for the next day. Tomorrow I plan to do laundry: dirty clothes by washer, ironing board set up so I can get out of bed and start my day with a positive outlook. Then my grandson reminds me that I am taking him shopping for a shirt and tie to wear to the senior class banquet. I can’t disappoint him. When we come home my back will hurt and I will be exhausted; can’t wait to get in bed. I have physical disorders so I will hurt and be exhausted. So much for my planned day.

  3. I’ve been dealing with depression since I was 13. Now I’m 59.did not start on meds until I was 36. Paxil saved my life. But now I am falling again. Sleeping, avoiding,no motivation. I can’t stand not knowing what is wrong. My moods are so out of control. It’s not even that bad,yet. I just can’t figure out what’s wrong!.I started seeing a psychiatrist who I really like.always feel better after for about 4 days then it all starts again. I will never take my own life but sometimes I wish God would. I have a 4 year old grandson that just adore. But some days that isn’t even enough. I really think I’m losing my mind.just let me be alone in my own place, don’t call me, don’t visit me, just leave me alone.

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