Why It’s OK To Be Lazy

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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).
  5. 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/
  6. 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!

The Key to Mental Illness Recovery

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Since creating my blog and website, I have had the opportunity to connect with people who also experience mental illness. Some of these people I have never met, and others are people I’ve lost touch with and since re-connected.

It’s amazing to hear from these individuals, who all have their own story to tell. Although they may experience similar mental health conditions, they all have had different journeys and perspectives and it’s incredible to hear how far they have come and how they have persevered.

Having a community like this is so important and key to recovery. I think the most difficult thing about mental illness is that people tend to feel so alone. But yet there are so many people out there who are going through the same thing. That’s why I am writing this blog, and sharing my website, because I really want people to know they are not alone.

If you are having a rough time, connect with others. Gain insight from them, and share yours as well. By doing this compassion will shine through and hopefully will help you to develop compassion for yourself as well.

Support is available. All you have to do is reach out to your community and take advantage of the resources available. Don’t be afraid! The community is here for you.