A psychiatrist has said that therapy always involves some self-help - "You have to do some homework." I'll tell you what you can do about this problem that bothers you, your lack of motivation.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy has a very simple and effective principle for motivation. When a task seems...
Best answer: A psychiatrist has said that therapy always involves some self-help - "You have to do some homework." I'll tell you what you can do about this problem that bothers you, your lack of motivation.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy has a very simple and effective principle for motivation. When a task seems like its too big, think of it as a series of tasks that you can do one at a time and start with something really, really easy. If the task is cleaning the house, start by cleaning the kitchen counters. Or, work for 5 min and take a short break. Breaks are good but always watch the clock. Homework - proofread a paper or preview a chapter you're going to read by looking at headings, sub-headings, etc. Look for natural points in time to take breaks, like after reading a chapter.
The easiest thing of all is just to breathe slowly, imagine yourself getting started to work, and then getting up and getting started.
Another thing that's very good for motivation is to get more energy. As strange as it may seem, you may find that you get more energy by relaxing. Just breathe slowly for a few minutes. Exercise is a great energy booster. Don't be afraid of exercise. Light exercise, as little as 20 min brisk walking a day, can help, and you can add to that gradually so long as you don't get carried away, make yourself sick of exercise with too much of it and quit.
People often get depressed with a downward cognitive-behavioral spiral, negative thinking that leads to unhealthy behaviors and more negative thinking. Recovery involves an upward spiral of positive thinking and healthy behaviors. I can show you information about healthy behaviors shown to help with depression. If you see a doctor about your problem, the information you'd want to relate is how you're feeling at different times of day, any symptoms you might have, such as change of appetite or sleep, and things in your life affecting how you feel.
Treating depression with just a prescription is not a very good approach. Hopefully, the doctor would give you a good referral.
This answer has resources for healthy lifestyle - the basic lifestyle program of the Univ of Kansas and mind-body methods from Asia adopted by psychology.
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