This is not a drill or a trick, it really is okay to be lazy. Laziness is the key to mental health recovery and I will tell you why.
When I first started experiencing mental illness I was burning the candle at both ends. I was at school full time, worked part time and had many activities – my day was jam packed. When my anxiety and depression hit I was overwhelmed with my emotions and on top of everything else I had to do it became too much. I ended up taking 10 months off school to focus on my health and moved back home to be with my family. I stopped everything – school, work, activities, and I took time to clear my head and REST. It was hard at first – not doing anything – but it was what I needed.
Life gets so busy we rarely take time for self-care which is so important, especially if you face a mental illness. I took ten months to take care of myself and once I was ready I returned to school and my normal activities.
Laziness is healthy if you do it the right way. It’s all about balance. Take time to rest and recharge and then get moving on your goals and to do lists. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If you struggled with this balance try these tips:
- Identify why you are unmotivated/lazy. Usually there is a reason for your lack of motivation. Find out what that reason is and look for a solution. You may need to learn time management skills or ask for help. You won’t know unless you understand the problem.
- Identify the anxiety you currently have and weigh that with the anxiety of not doing what you need to do. Hopefully one side will be heavier than the other.
- If you have a hard time getting started just do that activity for 5 minutes. After five minutes if you really don’t want to do it, stop. Trust me though, once you do get that checked off your list you’ll sleep better!
- If you find yourself doing too much take a step back and make a self-care plan. I made a nightly relaxation routine and that has helped a lot. When your mind is not occupied with all you need to do you can focus on your relationships better, which is the most important (one of those relationships is with yourself).
- Document your success when you accomplish something in your day. I use Pomodoro tracking. You do an activity for 20 minutes and take a five minute break. I use this site for pomodoro tracking: https://pomodoro-tracker.com/
- Model your behavior based on someone admire/role model. They are great for inspiration and motivation!
I hope this insight and tips will help you accomplish your goals and maintain good self-care.
If you don’t have relaxation time you will burn out but if you have too much you will miss opportunities around you. Find that balance. Find what works for you.
All the best!