Dealing with Declining Energy

It’s pretty well known that mental illnesses have very visible physical symptoms. These can be very difficult to deal with, especially if you’re trying to hide your illness (which is not good for you by the way). However, the list of symptoms being so long, we are going to focus on the most notable, the loss of energy and motivation. If you’ve been dealing with your illness for any length of time, you can probably attest that you’ve experienced this symptom.

It’s one of the worst if you ask me. As the things that you need to get done, whether it be work, cleaning, or self care, usually fall by the wayside. Eventually these things often eat away at you making you feel even worse. It is that reason in particular that losing your motivation and energy can be so detrimental to mental health.

For me, it was definitely the worst thing I can imagine. Apart from the suicidal ideations and terrible self esteem, which were also quite awful. It would constantly remind me that I would be able to do certain things if I could just muster the energy to do them. By not doing them, it was like a thorn in my side aching without remorse. I would always be thinking about what I should be able to do, with what I actually did never measuring up. It is a terrible feeling to know that you should be able to do these things but didn’t. This would often feel like it but a larger burden on those around me, which again, made me feel worse. It was bad enough that my depression had people worried, but not doing my chores, or helping others, that was the worst.

The best way to get your energy and motivation back is obviously lessen the grip your mental illness has on you. The next best thing is by taking what you need to get done and partitioning energy for them, and spread them out so that you can do less but still get it all done. If you know what energy and motivation you have, assigning it to tasks can help. Only if you don’t include the unexpected happening, which really is impossible to avoid. So basically what you need to do, is really gauge yourself, and only do what’s within your current energy levels. Do not try to get everything done, because I will bet you, that you’ll end up getting nothing done and feeling worse about it.

All in all, do what you can, when you can, and celebrate that you did it. If you do these three things, you’ll be feeling better in no time, probably.

Good luck everyone!


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