A lack of motivation can have many root causes. These can range from simple fixes to more serious problems that require expert medical advice and treatment.
The following are reasons that might be the cause as to why you have no motivation.
1. You don’t feel valued
We all need to feel valued in what we do. Be it at home or at work, if it doesn’t seem that what you’re doing is worthwhile, then it’s only normal to feel absolutely no motivation to do what you need to.
Quick fix: If it’s a work-based issue, talk to your boss. Explain your feelings and ask if there’s any other responsibilities you could take on board that will make you feel more valued.
If it’s home based (for instance, your hubby and kids simply take you for granted – never stopping to think how much work it takes to keep the house nice, keep food on the table, and do all the household chores), then call family meeting to explain how you feel. In most cases they probably won’t even realize that they’ve been treating you with such little respect, and the shock of hearing it will be all that’s needed to sort out the issue.
2. You’re lacking the correct nutrition
Not eating in a healthy manner can have a massive effect on your motivation. Do you simply grab a sandwich at work, or take-outs on your way home? Eating in such a manner fails to provide the body with the necessary nutrition for both physical and mental good health.
Quick fix: Once a week make up a weeks worth of healthy eating meals. One to take to work, and another to eat when you get home. Get into a routine of doing this and you’ll be amazed at home much better – and more motivated – you’ll feel.
3. You’re constantly dehydrated
It’s a scary fact that up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. We’re made up of 70% water, and we need to drink a lot of fluids on a daily basis to allow the body to work at its optimum level. Even being slightly dehydrated can have a massive effect on your motivation levels.
Quick fix: Keep a large bottle of water close to you at all time, and sip away at regular intervals.
4. You’re overwhelmed…
… Too much work to do, too many goals to meet, deadlines looming, high expectations of others… All of these can eventually become too much, and your brain simply tells you that because you can’t do them all, then why bother at all…
Quick fix: Learn to prioritize, and learn to speak up. For example, when your boss dumps yet another ‘must do’ task on your desk, and you’re already working at maximum speed, then tell him (or her). Sure, it’s hard. But if you don’t your simple lack of motivation could turn into something far more serious, and you’ll be no use to man or beast then. If you’re stressed out and overwhelmed for whatever reason, you owe it to yourself to tell those who’re doing the stressing…
5. You’re depressed
We’ve left the most serious reason for lack of motivation till last. And by depression, we’re not talking about simply feeling a little bit down – because we all suffer from that once in a while. What we’re talking about is true clinical depression – something that’s not only difficult to face up to, but difficult to actually realize that you’re depressed in the first place.
Quick fix: Unfortunately there’s no quick fix for true depression. But happily, the condition is becoming far more understood, far more accepted, and has far less of a stigma attached to it than in times gone by.
If you suspect that you might be suffering from depression, the first thing to do is to go talk to your doctor. Depression has many symptoms over and above a lack of motivation.
These could include:
- Fatigue and decreased energy levels
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Difficulty in making decision
- Feeling guilty
- Difficulty in remembering things
- Over eating or loss of appetite
If you think this could be the root cause of your lack of motivation, we really do advise you to seek professional help. The sooner you face up to the possibility of depression, the sooner you can get on the road to recovery.