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Why can't I force myself to go to class?

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Last Updated: 03/11/2021 at 8:10am
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Top Rated Answers
February 23rd, 2018 9:11am
You can never force yourself, more so find the inspiration and the motivation to do so. I know it might seem dreadful at the beginning, but one day it will be so damn worth it
March 1st, 2018 1:53pm
Its important to do what you like doing. If you don't enjoy class or see the values of finishing it then you will have problems getting up and going to school. Forcing something is never good, try and find the positives to going to class like "if i finish this school ill be able to do the study i've always wanted"
May 3rd, 2018 12:27am
There maybe any number of factors impacting your ability to go to class: 1) To what degree is course content and the way it's being taught tapping into your learning strengths and interests 2) What time of day are the classes being taught with regard to your natural sleep cycle and are they in alignment with your peak energy state and 3) Are you consistently eating, exercising and getting the amount of rest you need each day in order to function at the highest level? These are just a few things to consider beyond other personal factors that may be happening in your life that could be affecting your ability to attend class.
May 18th, 2018 1:32am
Sometimes lack of motivation isn’t something you can just snap out of. It’s difficult to force yourself to do something if you don’t want too. Motivation such as week planning, and looking after your body can all contribute to improving motivation and going to class. Also if you’re doing something you don’t enjoy for example cleaning, it’s more difficult to force yourself to undertake the task, which often acts as a barrier.
June 2nd, 2018 1:00am
Classes can be a very stressful enviornment. Going to class can be very hard. You may be getting very anxious in the classroom setting.
July 5th, 2018 5:07am
If you don't find the subject on that class interesting then it'll be hard for you to attend the class.
August 3rd, 2018 4:48am
By realizing that going to class will benefit you.You will learn something new and will emerge as a successful person
November 4th, 2018 7:59pm
It can be caused by many reasons. School is a hard job - generally speaking. Sometimes it's hard to find motivation to do productive things, especially during cold winter months (when people are more tended to suffer with seasonal depression). Maybe you could think about this one subject you like and this will keep you motivated. Maybe you have some good friends at school and going there is an opportunity to meet them! You can also remember that school is a place, where you can discover what interests you and develop in this area. I don't have more information about your situation, so it's hard to give any good advice :)
November 7th, 2018 4:30am
This is all in the mind. It is not that you CAN'T go to class, even if you "force" yourself, it is that you subconsciously may not BELIEVE that you can go to class. Trying to force yourself only puts more negative stress on you. Try using positive affirmations after hearing your morning alarm or before you walk into class: (Ex: "I can do this", "I'm OK"). If you wake up with the preconceived notion that you are going to go through hell trying to force yourself to go to class, you won't want to go because you simply won't want to fight with yourself. Change the routine, wake up a little earlier to settle yourself and to get ready in your own time, and affirm yourself with your own words or a recording. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
January 11th, 2020 4:50pm
Why? Well, you've weighed the pros and cons in your head, and it makes far more sense to not go than to attend. To go to class would be against your instincts of self-preservation. Unless something is able to change your mind, of course you won't be able to force yourself to go to class. There has to be some sort of outside force that can compel you. Maybe it's a friend or family member. Maybe it's something you read online. If you're religious, maybe it's the voice of God. If you're not religious, maybe it's the unconscious part of your brain being stirred to action. It's perfectly reasonable to not want to face the outside world. There's quite a bit going against you. But, for starters, try not to be so hard on yourself. There's only so much you can do on your own.
January 30th, 2020 2:31pm
The truth is: I don‘t know. However I am sure you do know. We usually do not struggle with doing things that are fun, fulfilling, or that we enjoy. So let me ask you back: what is it that you find difficult in your class and what do you need to be able to cope with it? Gaining clarity in how you feel and what you need might help you to change things. I am sure you've heard this before - you are an expert to yourself and you know the best what you need to change the situation.
February 14th, 2020 2:51pm
Forcing yourself to school is tough. It sounds like you don't like going to class. When did that feeling start? There is must be a reason that makes you feel like that. Curiosity can prompt you to learn and make you want to show up at class. Is it possible for you to try finding your motivation to learn? If thinking on your own is not helping, talk with someone. It could be your friends, family or even listeners on 7 Cups. The feeling is going to stay if you are not seeking the root and resolve it. But please believe it is solvable.
November 29th, 2014 5:42am
Sometimes people don't want to go to class simply because they lack the motivation to or don't feel the need to go because they can learn everything by themselves. Everyone's learning style is different so it's best to adopt the one that you find works best!
June 6th, 2015 4:10pm
You can't force yourself do anything, but you always can try to think of something positive of going to class so that you'll go willingly
September 25th, 2016 4:10am
I think sometimes we feel afraid of our own emotions and we overestimate their power. As a result it can be very difficult to do something we believe will cause us pain and discomfort and therefore avoid it.
September 29th, 2016 8:19am
You can, but there must be an underlying reason. Tell me more about how you feel about your classes..
September 29th, 2016 5:37pm
Perhaps because class induces stress in you, and nobody likes sitting through hours of lectures, especially if the professor is boring. Perhaps you're just tired too and don't find the subject entertaining
October 14th, 2016 10:49pm
When I was in college, I had trouble getting energy to go to class due to my depression. It could be due to anything from depression to anxiety.
October 27th, 2016 2:15pm
You shouldn't. You should do what makes you happy. And if you don't want to go to class, make something that hepls you to be a better person. Desvolt your personality. Make what makes you feel better. It's your life
November 5th, 2016 2:28am
You know some days are harder then others... every once in a while, I wake up and I know I just can't make it to class, so I take a me day. I don't go to class and instead get some more sleep, the hope is always that when I wake up, I will feel better. Give yourself some time and get some rest.
November 19th, 2016 9:54am
Sometimes, going to class just means all the workload you're going to have, facing other classmates, having to participate in discussions and tasks. Especially for those dealing with social anxiety, it's difficult. Our minds have a hard time being brave and and saying it's now or never. But, you've got to know that at the end of the day you go to class to study and learn. Maybe when you put your focus on studies and really think about why you're going for class, it might encourage you to go instead of you forcing it upon yourself.
March 3rd, 2017 6:58pm
Even though there was a time you could, those feelings and the motivation cannot be found everyday. It seems to spontaneously disappear, or maybe not so spontaneously if you try to understand its cause; still though, even though you know of the reason you should and that your motivation was strong enough once, it cannot bring it back for the time being.
April 12th, 2017 2:04pm
There must be a reason you have trouble going, whether it be related to the actual class itself, or to something else troubling in your life. It's okay to have a hard time getting yourself to do things, even if you know you should do them. Try taking it slower, do little steps. Ask for help from people in the class if you can, if they can share notes or explain the lecture. Try to think about why you're having a hard time going to class, and work towards getting yourself to where you want to be. Just remember to not beat yourself up about anything you're not doing, and focus on the things that you are doing.
May 7th, 2017 3:56pm
Well, there are a number of reasons that you may not wish to go to class that range from a terrible teacher to depression. Only you can decide where on that scale you are.
July 21st, 2017 12:09pm
It might be an issue of depression. I've had the same problem in my life and I went to a school counselor and it actually really helped! If you don't like your counselor, speaking to a friend you trust could also help. Or just talking to someone here on 7 cups!
August 19th, 2017 7:58pm
find out what is triggering my anxiety when I need to go to class and what I can do to change the way I feel
November 10th, 2017 6:22pm
You can't force yourself to go to class is because you may be medically incapable of, sick or illness not recovered, homeschooling, got in trouble and many other ways too.
January 7th, 2018 1:05am
When you fall into a rut it is very difficult to get moving, especially if you are behind and do not want to face the class, try to be courageous and take initial steps towards going
January 24th, 2018 6:35pm
You just cannot force yourself to go to the class because it is not something which you're doing for other people. It's something you're doing for your own good. So you should be interested in what you do
January 31st, 2018 5:48pm
Its not a class on forcing, more a case on wanting. Its important to look at the long term benefits of it, and remembering that one day all of this hard work will pay off.