Lately I’ve found myself wanting to do things, but physically I just don’t have the energy. I’ll have motivation to do chores but not to get out of bed. It’s like my body can’t catch up with my brain. Anyone else have experience with having motivation but lacking energy? Any tips?
For me, since I have ADHD as well, that’s usually executive dysfunction. Wanting to do a thing but physically can’t make myself get up and do it. I try and challenge myself with short timers. Like, I will do X for 5 minutes, set a timer, and do X (listening to music that feels energising might help). If I’ve finished it, great! If not, at least I was able to do something even if only for 5 minutes. It’s really hard to get my brain and body to cooperate. Accomplishing things in small increments is still accomplishing something. Especially when you have low energy.
I usually try and make it a game of some sort. I tell myself I'll get up for a drink or something and point out a mess, I'll tell myself to pick up one piece of trash or something and that helps get me started. (Just an example)
This has been a problem in my recovery from depression. Mentally I’ll be doing fine, but my body is so trained to give up and not move or do anything it should be able to, that I’m just unable to get up and do it.
I definitely do experience this as well, mainly due to the fact that my chronic pain has been getting worse lately
i get this a lot ! between chronic illness and ADHD my brain is always big dreaming, meanwhile my body can barely get off the couch on my days off. i usually open up to people i’m close to about it. this 1-makes me feel more accountable and 2-gives me a chance to ask for help. for example my mom would fold my laundry and i’ll put it away. my friends are always willing to help me clean my room, then they make it more fun and help me get more done than i would by myself
for me the hardest part is getting up especially if i overthink it, so whenever i find myself in that situation i pretend the bed or chair is suddenly on fire and i need to get up that exact second. once i’m physically up on my feet it’s much easier to do what i needed to do :)
This may sound weird and contradictory, but one way I’ve been working to combat this is being gentle with myself. Instead of panicking and forcing myself to rush, then feeling disheartened when I’m unable to jump up immediately, I encourage myself and my body to take the time it needs and cheer myself on when I begin taking those first steps. A little motivation goes a long way with chronic illness. Sometimes being your own cheerleader can be enough to get things going. It’s okay if you’re unable to do things immediately. Not many people can. However when you get that energy and motivation, congratulate yourself and keep pushin.
yes :( I try something small and reward myself, and try to keep my thoughts positive. "okay vacuum and then eat some chocolate. that was really good you've felt like garbage and finally cleaned." I try to do one thing at a time so it's not overwhelming
That’s very good! A more comfortable environment also plays into our moods and mindsets. Very proud c:
I have been 'hacking my brain' I try to make things into games. theres this cool app (its free too) called habitica that lets you add daily habits or to dos and when you do them you get xp to level up or buy rewards. you can do that with real life too. like if i go do the laundry i can have an extra slice of dessert. stuff like that.
its also good to find alternatives when you can. like i want to take care of myself so a goal i made was to start using lotion once a week (thats a small atainable goal) but i hate the feel of lotion and how long it takes to apply so i bought spray lotion. its much quicker and has a different feel than regular lotion. and you can make swaps like that with a lot of things. like i stead of throwing your clothes everywhere on the floor. only put them in a specific area. you dont have to clean it up but its much nicer if its in a pile than if its everywhere
most importantly tho is to be understanding that sometimes you cant do everything you want to be able to. thats why its important to make small achievable goals that you can actually accomplish. like with the lotion. or working out once or twice a week instead of none. theres no reason to go all in. its not all or nothing. just remember that some is better than none. so if you clean a couple dishes or a small area. thats better than it was before. celebrate that accomplishment
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