I don’t know about everyone else, but I have such low motivation in the winter, especially towards getting out of bed.
I’m not even dealing with any serious episodes of depression now, this is just my regular self being unable to get out of bed until I’ve had 10-12 hours of sleep. Luckily, I am still able to wake up in the morning for school, work, and appointments, but if there are none of those during the day I can’t seem to get myself up earlier. This isn’t a major issue, but it does make me feel more lazy and lethargic throughout the day. It also makes waking up earlier to go to the gym in the morning impossible, so I haven’t been exercising for a while, which adds to the lethargic/lazy feeling.
Unfortunately, I don’t have much advice to give others who are also having this issue, since I don’t even know what to do about it myself.
For example, last night I turned on multiple alarms on my phone, and I just turned them all off and continued sleeping. It wasn’t until a classmate texted me that the marks for my class were up that I finally got out of bed, since I had been patiently waiting to see my marks for the past several days. At least there’s something that motivated me to get up.
About Elena B.
Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.