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It happens to all of us and it happens for many reasons. For some it’s that “time of the month”, for others it’s from working too hard during the week. We all hit our limits now and then. For others, it can be due to things they are going through in their lives. How does one pull themselves out of the funk when they feel this way? Read on and find out what to do when you just don’t feel like doing anything at all.

If you are like me, an A-Type personality, you may find just laying there or trying to nap is impossible!

As much as I would like to just sleep the day away that causes a new level of stress, anxiety even.

I lay there going through my mind all of the things I should be getting done.

Then I feel worthless and even more in a funk.

Are you this way?

If so keep reading and let’s fix this issue today!

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NOTICE:

I am not a medical doctor, therapist, or psychologist. The advice in this article is based on my opinion only and my experience working as a life coach. If you are experiencing depression, medical illness, anxiety, or any other clinical issue mental or physical, please seek help. If you are suicidal please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255


What To Do When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything

Step Outside When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything:

I know, that means you may have to put on clothing.

Or not, it’s your call but just getting some fresh air can be rejuvenating.

When it’s cool out the crisp breeze can be awakening.

When it’s hot out, you will feel good stepping back inside into the air conditioning.

Just step outside for five minutes, close your eyes and take in some deep cleansing breaths.

Then open your eyes and look around you.

Notice what’s going on.

Look at any people passing by, cars, wildlife, trees, the sky.

Not only will it make you feel more awake and alive, but you have now done something.

Sometimes it just takes one small action to get things flowing again in your energy.

Life Juice/Hydration Is Key When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything:

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In my home, we call water life juice.

Water is essential to our health and our wellbeing.

Often when we are feeling lethargic it can come down to dehydration.

We need to drink water but there are other ways in which water can get you out of your funk.

Splash some cold water on your face.

Make a delicious fruit infused water.

Take a shower.

Those are just three great ways to get hydrated and refresh your mind, body, and mood.

I always feel better when I drink more water even though I drink plenty daily.

Many people forget to drink the minimum daily recommended amount.

Play With Children Or Pets When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything:

When you don’t feel like doing anything it’s easy to stay in bed.

For those of us with kids or pets, however, we know they depend on us.

Get up long enough to give your kids, or pets, the attention they deserve.

For me, I will sing a song to my pets or brush them.

Go outside for fifteen minutes with them.

That combines my first recommendation with this one.

Two birds, one stone, ya know.

Animals and kids are very in tune with our emotions.

When we are down, they become down.

By giving them a bit of our time, it helps everyone.

Listen To Upbeat Music When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything:

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Now I have to be careful with this one.

If I play the wrong kind of music it can have a negative effect.

I play my favorite upbeat music and have prepared a special playlist specifically for “down days”.

Now I admit, when I am in a funk I generally do not feel like listening to happy tunes.

I make myself do it though because once I start listening I get into it.

Of course, then I begin to feel better.

Music is such a powerful source of generating emotions.

Upbeat music that you love is sure to help you get out of that blue mood.

Prepare your own playlist when in a good mood to have it ready to go.

Give it a try.

Force Yourself To Do One Thing When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything:

Most of us have a “to do” list right?

Look it over and select the easiest thing on the list.

I know, you don’t feel like it but just do it okay!

Alright, so you have looked it over and found one thing you think you can manage, maybe.

So drag yourself up off the sofa and do it!

The first step toward continuing action is taking an action.

Once you get your body moving a little you may just find you can keep moving to the next thing on the list.

Hey, I could have suggested exercise which is also great when you are in a funk.

I am a realist though so I thought this one was easier.

Now, don’t you feel better already?

Laughter Is Key When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything:

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This is one of my favorites because it does not require us to get up and do anything.

Well, we do have to move our arm to lift the remote.

Watch your favorite comedian, sit-com, or favorite funny movie.

Laughter is one way in which we can reduce stress.

It has to do with complex biochemical reactions in the body and endorphins that I won’t pretend to know much about.

One thing I do know is that laughter is very similar to the way our bodies chemically react to sex.

It involves the “feel good” hormones.

For that matter, just have sex.

Whichever way, laughter, sex, or laughing during sex you will feel better.

Oh and for the record, you don’t have to have a partner for the desired result.

Watch A Reality Show:

Again, this takes very little effort on our part which is a good place to start because it’s easy.

Now I am not a huge fan of reality shows with the exception of a few but there is a reason for this suggestion.

When you begin to see how mixed up other people’s lives are you may just feel a bit better about your own.

Often our down mode is due to our own personal problems in life.

It’s nice to be reminded, even if we logically know, that we are not the only one in the world dealing with complex issues.

Now I feel bad sometimes laughing at other people’s problems, but I remind myself that they chose to be on television.

They are also making money doing it.

See, by watching you feel better about your life, they make money, everyone’s happy.

This tip could also go under the “do a good deed” section if you think about it.

Which brings me to…

Do A Good Deed When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything:

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When I am feeling down I sometimes find it easier to do something for someone else rather than doing something for myself.

My dishes can sit there all day for all I care but if I know someone is depending on me to help with a chore, I will do that instead.

It makes us feel good to do something for others.

Plus, sometimes the guilt alone of knowing they need our help and we are sitting there being a lump is enough to motivate us to get up and get going.

I use my own guilt to propel my ass off the recliner and go get it done.

Again, once you are up and moving you will find your mood lifts a little.

It really comes down to finding that one thing that gives us the gentle shove we need.

Plus, did you know that your good deed will make others feel better too?

According to Psychology Today, it sure does!

Helping a friend or family member will make everyone feel good.

Plant Something When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything:

This may sound like a crazy suggestion but it helps.

Did you know that often when we feel stuck it’s because an idea of our own is frustrating us?

Sometimes we just lose motivation because we are trying to accomplish something and hitting roadblocks.

I get to this point often on my blog!

When we are trying to “birth” something, like an idea or concept but just can’t seem to make it work frustration wears us down.

So we just stop cold in our tracks and allow ourselves to feel overwhelmed.

By planting something, like an indoor or outdoor plant, or a seed, we can manifest through action.

While you plant visualize the plant or seeds being more than what they are.

Imagine (visualize) them being the big business idea you are working on or the personal issue you are struggling with.

As the old saying goes, “Just plant the seed”.

Buy Something When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything:

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This is really bad advice if you struggle with a shopping or spending addiction of any kind, great advice if not.

Please consider this before taking this step.

However, sometimes buying a little something within your financial means can psychologically help.

Again, I am not a psychologist but it’s about those endorphins.

And I do mean buy something within reason.

For me, it can be as inexpensive as an apple cider from the local fruit farm.

Those always cheer me up!

Go get your favorite blended coffee, a smoothie, or grab that beauty item you have been desiring.

Don’t feel like going out of the house still?

Shop online!

The above 10 actions should give you a good place to start when you don’t know what to do when you don’t feel like doing anything.

Unless it is National Lazy Day of course, then just do nothing at all!

I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

What do you do when you don’t feel like doing anything?

Which of my ideas above is your favorite?

Did you find a least favorite idea?

How often do you get in a funk and not feel like doing anything?

What do you think most often causes your lack of motivation?

Remember:

If you are suicidal, or too depressed to help yourself, PLEASE seek immediate assistance!

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 

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24 Comments

  1. June 7, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Doing for others is my favorite tip you had. When you get out of yourself for a while, it can help you kick the funk.

    • June 9, 2018 / 3:59 pm

      Thanks Stacie that one works best for me too I think most of the time! It’s a really good one. Glad you like it too!

  2. June 7, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    It’s so easy for me to get into a rut and not want to do anything. I like the idea of doing for others when I don’t want to do anything at all.

    • June 9, 2018 / 3:59 pm

      That one is very popular and it really works! I am glad you like it too!

  3. June 7, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    OMG! Words can’t express how much I love (and needed) this post! Upbeat music, Doinga good deed and laughing are my fav suggestions. These do help me but you helped me crystallize this in my mind in a different way! Thank you….

    • June 9, 2018 / 5:08 pm

      Thank YOU Bernard for saying so! That makes me feel so good to hear! I love how you said it helped “crystalize” the information for you. I think many of us kinda know these things but sometimes hearing someone else agree really seals the deal and helps us go forward with the actions!

  4. June 7, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    What a great post! I’ve been in this mood lately so this was perfect timing. Getting outside and noticing the birds and wildlife helps me, too. As does water and music (music when I’m walking and water when I get home). I also agree about planting. I just discovered gardening – at 50 I just discovered gardening! LOL. It’s really nice to lose yourself in planting and it kind of frees up your mind so you can focus again. Great post, I’m sharing!

    • June 9, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      I love it when an article really resonates with someone and is timed perfectly for them! That is all I ask for in my blog – to help and empower others.
      LOL that is awesome that you discovered gardening and it’s never too late for a wonderful thing!
      Besides 50 is so young!!!
      Thank you SO much for sharing!!

  5. June 7, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    I love that you wrote this. I suffer from anxiety and have those days where I just want to lay in bed. I love these ideas and will definitely implement one or more of them on those days.

    • June 9, 2018 / 5:09 pm

      Heather I totally get it. I hope my ideas do help. Lately I have been dealing with tons of immobilizing anxiety myself. These actions help a ton!

  6. June 8, 2018 / 7:00 am

    I find many of these tips helpful since I have been so busy lately that I have been feeling so drained and a bit burnt out. I find talking walks and being surrounded by the beauty of nature always puts me in a better mood.

    • June 9, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      Nature is such a wonderous thing isn’t it! It always blows my mind how much it helps to get outside without having to run an errand so we can just enjoy nature!

  7. Reesa Lewandowski
    June 8, 2018 / 7:40 am

    Most of the time, my kids really help me get out of a funk because of activities or places they need to be. I find myself maybe running into a friend or having a few minutes to unwind and refresh.

    • June 9, 2018 / 4:02 pm

      Indeed Reesa! That is one downside of having an empty nest and why I am so happy that my pets need me. Without them there are days I may not even get out of bed!

  8. June 8, 2018 / 11:09 am

    It’s really nice to try and make an effort even with the smallest things, like listening to music. These are all wonderful suggestions on how to do that. I really think these are going to help.

    • June 9, 2018 / 4:02 pm

      Thank you Carol I am so glad you found some tips that can help. That makes me feel really good!

  9. Kathy
    June 8, 2018 / 11:21 am

    This is a great post. There are a lot of times when I don’t feel like doing anything, but I get up and try to do something anyways. Music is a great one because it can be so relaxing.

    • June 9, 2018 / 4:06 pm

      Music is awesome to do anything we need from relaxing to getting motivated and I love using it to just get me going. That is the first step, just to get started, then we find we can do one more thing, then one more lol.

  10. June 8, 2018 / 11:55 am

    Thank you for all of these suggestions. I sometimes get burned out and don’t feel like doing anything. Sometimes for me, it is because I am in pain or I have unrelenting fatigue that won’t go away. I am there today actually. I have stuff to get done though. 🙁

    • June 9, 2018 / 4:07 pm

      Burn out is intense sometimes isn’t it! I hear you on the pain and the fatigue! I think music helps me to get a starting point – it’s distracting and helps me focus on one task. Sometimes just getting up and moving helps the pain a little.

  11. June 8, 2018 / 11:42 pm

    Great post. I’ve certainly gone through phases when life is so overwhelming that I don’t feel like doing anything. But I have horses and dogs that need to be tended to and fed, and walked, or ridden, so at times my animals have been the motivation to get out of the house.

    When I don’t feel like doing anything, I watch TV, read, or start binging on Youtube.

    • June 9, 2018 / 4:08 pm

      YES!!! Thank goodness for pets that count on us! If not for mine there are days I am sure I would not get up at all.
      I hope to have a horse again one day.
      Enjoy yours Cheryl and lol indeed I do love my television.

  12. June 19, 2018 / 12:47 am

    Pets are definitely a great way to bring our spirits up. Watching a comedy and laughing helps a lot as well. Thanks for sharing this blog post.

    • June 19, 2018 / 9:55 am

      Thank you so much Shannon for reading it and leaving me a comment.
      My pets totally keep me going some days.
      Especially days like today when it’s stormy out – great sleeping weather haha but they just won’t let me.
      It’s a good thing!

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