Hi everyone, having a really hard time getting going this week. just sleepy/dont want to do anything but have important work to do. That usually pulls me through, but not now. any tips that help you?

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thanks for all the suggestions. I ended up cleaning up the house (had been putting it off) and forced myself to go outside. Still not feeling great, but on the upswing. A little self care went a long ways.

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Depends.
If my thoughts are existential, I try to bring myself back to reality. I have to feed my cat and myself while paying my bills and my parents’ too. I think about who I love, what I love, what I dream and desire for, just to keep myself going.
If I’m feeling low about myself (bad self-esteem), I go to barre class because my instructors are super nice and complimentary. I get exercise and remind myself that, if I can force myself to sweat and squat in front of other people, I can do anything (lol)
I’m also taking meds and go to therapy. I remember when healthy eating, exercise, and faking positive thoughts weren’t helping. That’s when I knew I needed therapy and meds. If that still doesn’t work, you may need to just take FMLA (currently contemplating right now)

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Way to go OP! I spent the majority of the day in bed 😞 but finally got up and got through some chores tonight as well. Go us 🙌

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👍 took me 3 days to get to that. glad you got up too! sending good vibes

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3 espresso shots back to back

it's not the literal tiredness, more the "what's the point of anything? Non of this stuff matters." loop. I don't usually drink coffee, so I've never tried that. does it help with your mood or just gives you energy?

I’m on the bench now and asking myself the same questions

I usually focus on the details if I’m not connecting with the big picture. And I go running.

Also, do something not work related that you really love. Motivation can come from just engaging with something you do enjoy.

Take small steps, the bare minimum at the slowest possible rate, push yourself to go through the motions, it’s okay if you don’t do them well or listen

I usually move around the office a lot. I’ll do some work at my desk then move to another area. Move to another area of the office. Take a coffee break or a 10 minute walk outside. It really helps me. I realized sitting in the same spot for hours can make things drag.

I have specific playlists. A few of them are for work. They really help me. But be sure to not play sad music, it only makes things worse. If you have no idea what to listen to, try classical or something you’d listen to during a physical workout (besides you are working out your brain).

Bring snacks to work! I can’t tell you how much they help. Munch on something you actually love! You deserve this!

Another thing I do is have a plan of what I’m doing after work. I try to do something I like each day after work whether it’s drawing, reading, watching my favorite show... It helps me get excited and motivated to finish my work. I have something to look forward to.

If after a while (2 months) you notice things are not changing you may have symptoms of depression. I’m not kidding. I used to sleep a lot and only that would bring relief. Talk to someone if this happens.

I wish you the best!

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