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    Of late, I am finding it hard to do my usual daily activities, like studying or working or even just doing my art work.

    How can I get that little spark to kindle the fire again?

  • #2
    I feel the same sometimes. Like this morning, I woke up feeling so lazy to work. But I have to work anyway and the procrastinatory feeling is gone within the first few minutes of my work shift. I am now looking forward to drawing a bath and reading a few chapters of my newly downloaded e-book. Pushing myself and rewarding is what works best for me.

    But then, if this is not a case of Mondays and you really need to kindle the fire with your work and art, I found this article that mentioned really good tips. https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/11...e-of-work.html We are all different. I hope you will find something that will help you bring back the fire.

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    • #3
      Same feeling. I have been through a lot during this pandemic and most of the time I feel like I just want to do nothing. What helps me get out of bed is my alarm where it says "Baby's Meds". My baby was born with congenital heart disease and I feel responsible for her health and safety. So even if I feel so down and lazy, whenever my alarm goes off, I suddenly have a reason to move, stand and go on with life.
      Maybe you can also find something that affects you greatly like "walk with my dog" or "call mom/dad" or whatever it is that interests you. 🥰🥰🥰

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      • #4
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        I don't even look for that spark anymore. Sometimes, it feels like I work because it is better than staying at home the whole day doing nothing and not earnign anything.

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        • Skye
          Skye commented
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          I agree. It is just the same routine over and over now. I think this is cabin fever.

      • #5
        well, when motivation is in the lowest and my depression is getting a bit too loud to be manageable, I tend to do some things to get off of it.

        1. Listen to battle music, heck, watch something that blows my mind like a nice movie or something. Inspiration generally hooks from extreme emotions such as fear, anxiety, other transmutables.
        2. Imagine the people who have damaged me hard, saying good riddance, joyous of my early demise or indefinite stagnation. I then remember that I don't want them to have the last laugh.
        3. On the other hand, I remember that the will of my earlier passed loved ones and their memory lives with me -- and this goes for my pets too (idk, pets that passed away hit me hard) -- and if I fade away not fighting, I'm not doing their fights for life justice.
        4. Doing something radical and very new -- like a game out of my genre, a hobby i dont really know anything about, a niche I lack experience with.
        5. Jordan Peterson's two way motivation: let the worst push you from behind and your possible best pull you forward. You fight to get away from the worst case scenario of your situation and fight on towards the best case scenario.
        6. One "measure of time" at a time. It gets daunting if we think of the past or the possible future too much. Find the flow.

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        • #6
          It's actually comforting to know that I am not alone. I feel the same way and was really thinking if it is normal or am I already going through a mental breakdown. I agree with you Bjun, when you think about it, it's actually better to work than to slack off and waste the day. It's just a matter of looking and finding time to do something that will inspire and bring back your motivation.

          In the midst of this pandemic, it is our #1 priority to take care of our physical health and mental health. This article has a list of tips that could help us find our motivation. https://www.lifehack.org/789583/how-to-find-motivation

          Hope it helps! We'll all get through this!
          Last edited by mjmnl; 02-16-2021, 11:25 AM.

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          • Skye
            Skye commented
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            Just knowing that I am not alone is a great comfort. Let there be comfort and strength in numbers.

        • #7
          My eldest daughter is doing some arts and crafts at the moment and it keeps her busy. She doesn't complain that much anymore. 😁😁😁 After her online class, she goes on tinkering and I guess it helps with her boredom. I think it's for her school org as they are planning to raise money for something. It's a relief to see my children do something productive and they enjoy at the same time. I appreciate the school's effort to make things a bit normal during this pandemic. When I see my children lonely and hear them complain, it hits me hard and it makes me feel bad as a parent. So seeing them able to do something and actually enjoy, it's a blessing.

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          • #8
            I agree with Lou; these times are hard for kids too. I have younger kids and they rely on us for motivation, which is hard because we are also working during the day. I wish I can take them on a vacation but its still unsafe. So we decided to get them a puppy. It works for me, too. My kids have a new playmate and schoolmate, and everyday is 'bring your pet to work day' for me.

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            • Skye
              Skye commented
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              Getting a pet is out of the option for my kids. Hello allergies!

            • mjmnl
              mjmnl commented
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              Having a pet is beneficial for our mental health, experts say. I've never been a pet person since I was a kid. I enjoy playing with other people's pets but I never imagine taking care of them for the long haul. Probably the reason why my husband and I still haven't planned on having our own little family, too. Responsibilities. But this year-long quarantine made me thinking, I think I would eventually get a cat soon. 😅

            • Skye
              Skye commented
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              My ideal pet is a rock.

          • #9
            I feel you. I guess I'm lucky my husband knows how to "rekindle the fire" in my life. So, when I'm feeling miserable and don't want to work or go to school, he would come home with plants, flowers and gardening stuff. Just being busy with things I truly love rekindles that fire to do the other things I do not want to do sometimes. We just need to find that thing that recharges us since work and studies can sometimes be so mentally and physically draining.

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            • #10
              been there .. still there. and still trying to find that spark. I decided to do things that i never really did before or things I never really considered doing. I started to take daily morning walks, learn how to drive (manual transmission), occassionally ride the bike and do yoga every sunday with cousins. (no worries - we practice social distancing and we do yoga outdoors). I decided to just not focus on the things I got to do as prescribed by my role. I still don't feel optimistic doing the usual stuff like chores, work and other hobbies. Doing something different brings a different kind of challenge though. These new challenges allow me to focus on other things other than the dread of the daily grind - Can I complete my 10k steps each morning? Can I do the yoga pose better than the last time? When can I take on the road and not be scared of difficult ascents when riding the bike? When will I be able to get my driving license and drive my own car?

              I guess it is fine to not feel up to it at times, and I think it is fine to find a different focus while in this phase. Though we would still have to do the things we have to do even if it felt like dragging ourselves, find something to look forward to or a new challenge.

              Easier said than done, but maybe you can find something different, or something that is totally outside your comfort zone.

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              • Bjun
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                Learning to drive manual is definitely on my to do list. My brother started teaching me just before we sold our old car but then he got "busy" and it's been a few years and I never got to learn to drive a manual.

                It's nice you're doing a lot of new things. These days, I don't really do anything but I feel like I don't have any energy other than to look out the window and stare at my plants.

              • Kamille
                Kamille commented
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                Same here. I've always wanted to learn how to drive using stick shift, but I never had the chance even with the pandemic. The first couple of months were way too hot and I prefer to have my lessons when its not raining. That, or I am just lacking motivation so I never run out of excuses I considered learning to ride the bike instead, but between my kids' homeschooling and lack of energy to function for the day, I ended up cozying up in bed playing sims during my free time. The rainy weather doesn't help either lol I guess I'd be sticking to automatic driving for now until I finally get that 'spark' back.
                Last edited by Kamille; 06-08-2021, 10:16 AM.

              • mjmnl
                mjmnl commented
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                As much as I wanted to learn how to drive either manual or automatic, I choose not to. I feel stressed and get anxiety attacks just driving on the road. I know that driving is an essential skill and I wish that someday, sooner or later, I can find the will to drive again.

                How do you guys get over something that you fear so much? Let me know
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