What To Do When You're Not Feelin' It

What To Do When You're Not Feelin' It

Do you ever have days where you really don't want to get out of bed and be productive? Most everyone does and this is how you can overcome that draggy feeling.

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We all feel lazy sometimes, it's a normal feeling to have. However, you can also overcome this feeling by following some of these tips.

Get up

When I really don't feel like getting out of bed in the morning, I make myself get up anyway. Also, when you wake up, try getting up on your first alarm instead of hitting the snooze button. You may as well just get up because your sleep has already been disturbed and is that extra 5-10 minutes really going to make a difference? So just get out of bed and start your day!

Do something productive 

After you've gotten out of bed I highly recommend doing something productive right off the bat. This could be going for a morning run or walk, starting something on your to-do list, or leaving your house to go eat breakfast. By doing something right after you've gotten up and gotten ready for the day, helps kick off your day in the right direction, opposed to sitting on the couch watching TV.

Stay motivated

If you're anything like me, sometimes just making yourself start doing something is the hardest part, then once you continue doing it it's not so bad. This is where motivation comes into play. Even when you really don't feel like doing something and you'd rather just lay around or nap, just make yourself start working on something. On the weekends sometimes I have to force myself to start working on homework when I really don't want to or would rather do something else. However, once I start working, I don't want to stop until I get everything done. So yes, I know making yourself do something you don't want to is hard, but just dig deep and find your inner motivation to get things done!

Make goals 

One thing I find that helps me be more productive when I'm feeling lazy to make small goals for myself. For instance, I will tell myself that once I complete an assignment I'll take a 10-20 minute break. During this break I'll talk to friends, go on social media, or watch a funny video. Making small goals for yourself in order to accomplish tasks is really helpful in staying motivated to keep working, knowing once you finish you'll get an award.

Take breaks

If your body is telling you that are tired and need rest, just give in. If you start working on something and things just aren't clicking, take a break and do something else or just lay down for a few minutes. It is good to be productive and get tasks accomplished but it is also important to listen to your body and do what its telling you to do. Even if you are able to work and get things done, still take a break every now and then. By taking breaks it allows your body to relax for a few minutes and then fuels it to keep going once the break is over. Being productive is good but everyone needs a break sometimes.

It's okay to feel lazy

I think feeling lazy is a part of human nature. Sometimes you just have days where you don't feel like doing anything and that's okay. This can happen if you have been really busy and your body is telling you need to slow down, it happens to everyone. All people are busy with their own lives and sometimes we over do it. So it's okay to feel tired, to lay down, to watch TV and just be a regular human being. We don't always feel one-hundred percent everyday and that is completely normal. So if you're just really tired or just not feelin' it today, that's okay, do what you can and listen to your body.

We all have days where we are just not feeling quite like ourselves and that's totally normal. Just try following some of these tips to help ease your way out of the lazy funk. However, sometimes you just need a day of rest and that is fine too. Every now and then you need to recharge yourself so just do what you can and don't feel bad about what you didn't accomplish. Making sure to take care of yourself should always be at the top of your to-do list.

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Death is a difficult subject.

It is addressed differently across cultures, lifestyles, and religions, and it can be difficult to find the right words to say when in the company of someone who is dying. I have spent a lot of time working with hospice patients, and I bore witness to the varying degrees of memory loss and cognitive decline that accompany aging and disease.

The patients I worked with had diverse stories and interests, and although we might have had some trouble understanding each other, we found ways to communicate that transcended any typical conversation.

I especially learned a lot from patients severely affected by dementia.

They spoke in riddles, but their emotions were clearly communicated through their facial expressions and general demeanor, which told a story all on their own.

We would connect through smiles and short phrases, yes or no questions, but more often than not, their minds were in another place. Some patients would repeat the details of the same event, over and over, with varying levels of detail each time.

Others would revert to a child-like state, wondering about their parents, about school, and about family and friends they hadn't seen in a long time.

I often wondered why their minds chose to wander to a certain event or time period and leave them stranded there before the end of their life. Was an emotionally salient event reinforcing itself in their memories?

Was their subconscious trying to reconnect with people from their past? All I could do was agree and follow their lead because the last thing I wanted to do was break their pleasant memory.

I felt honored to be able to spend time with them, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was intruding on their final moments, moments that might be better spent with family and loved ones. I didn't know them in their life, so I wondered how they benefited from my presence in their death.

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In a way, it might have made it easier to start fresh every week rather than to grow attached to a person they would soon leave.

Usually, the stories were light-hearted.

They were reliving a memory or experiencing life again as if it were the first time, but as the end draws nearer, a drastic shift in mood and demeanor is evident.

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I didn't need to understand why they were upset or what they wanted to say.

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On this trip, I went with two of my friends from college, Kait and Lindsey, to visit my roommate Elizabeth in Virginia Beach. This was pretty big for Lindsey and I because neither of us had been to Virginia Beach before. Thankfully Elizabeth and Kait knew their way around the city, so we never got lost on our way to and fro.

Like most vacations, my favorite parts probably took place at the beach. I'm always at utter peace stomping through mushy sand or leaning down to splash the salty water that tries to knock my short self over. We took pictures and did something us college girls rarely have time to do especially in school: Relax.

The four of us did not live up to the crazed stereotype of girl trips in movies. Although I finally got a chance to sing along to Taylor Swift in a car ride with my friends, so that's always a plus. We played "Top Golf" one day, and by some miracle, I actually won the second game by a fair amount after much humiliation in the first one. We visited some of Elizabeth's family, and I finally got to meet her giant dog Apollo (I call him 'Wolf Dog'). Everyday was another chance to ask with enthusiasm: "So what are we doing today?"

Our trip wasn't like the movies where we all cried or confessed our deepest darkest secrets. Everything the four of us shared was laughter and this calm feeling of being at home, in the chaotic peace of each other's company. We understand each other a little better due to finally seeing what we're like outside of Longwood University. After this, all I can say is that we're most definitely planning the next one!

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