Lately, I’ve been feeling pretty demotivated, and I know a lot of people have been feeling this way, too. Because of that, I’m here to remind you that it’s completely okay to feel this way, and that you don’t need to push through and persevere all the time, especially when you don’t feel like it.
If you want to lay in bed all day and just stare at the ceiling, go for it. If you want to delete all of your social media apps from your phone because everytime you go on it, you feel bad, then go for it. If you want to watch movies all day while eating your favourite snacks, then go for it!
I know that all these habits and routines that we may have when we are in a rut aren’t always necessarily good ones, but they’re not too bad either if you do them once in a while. Everyone copes in different ways, and as long as it doesn’t harm anyone and can ease your mind, even if just for a little while, then let yourself indulge in it. Sometimes, we need to remember to give ourselves a break that’s long enough for us to recover so that we can carry out whatever we need to do with sincerity and our full effort.
However, it isn’t easy to just take a break whenever you feel like it for most people because life can get in the way. Sometimes, I find it hard to even think about anything else other than school work because I know that the longer I rest, the more unfinished homework I’ll accumulate. To overcome this, I take a few deep breaths and do something that’s unrelated to school, like watching YouTube videos or painting. As for my homework, I’ll try to do a little bit everyday, but I won’t push myself over my limit - and you shouldn’t either.
Something else you should do is check up on your friends. You’re probably tired of hearing this, but you truly don’t know what someone else is going through, no matter how close you may be. Plan out a day with your friends, whether it be offline or online, and just spend the day together and be there for each other. If you trust them enough, share your worries with them so that you can have someone by your side throughout all this confusion. If your friend confides in you, listen to them without making the conversation about you and just be there for them.
I know that this post has been pretty all over the place, but if I’m being honest, so am I. I just thought that these are some things that someone else who’s going through the same thing as I am might want to hear. Even if that’s not the case for you, this will still be a good reminder for you to take a break from time to time, and to put your mental health and well-being over some school assignment :).