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How do I keep my motivation up if I can't even get out of bed in the morning?

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Last Updated: 08/13/2019 at 4:59pm
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Johanna Liasides, MSc


I work with youth and young adults to help them improve depressive symptoms and self-esteem as well as effectively address family, relationship and peer conflicts.

Top Rated Answers
January 26th, 2015 2:55pm
Creating a conducive environment to wake up to can be helpful. It may sound strange, but how messy my room is greatly affects how easy it is to wake up in the morning. I've found that if I have an orderly room to wake up in, I'm more inclined to bypass the snooze and start my day. Also, try planning your day the night before. Writing down all the big, important things you'll be doing the next day give you the extra spring in your step to wake up early and quickly. If you've got a purpose, you've got a big reason to wake up.
July 6th, 2015 6:55pm
Stop trying in a sense. Consider motivation a byproduct of activity not a precursor. Motivation will follow action.
February 1st, 2015 12:25pm
This one really hits home for me. Sometimes I know I have class in ten minutes and yet I decide to stay in bed rather than get up and start my dad. What I find helpful is having friends give me a hand. I ask them to call me or even come get me up. I understand that the second can be difficult if you don't live with or near them, but having a support channel in general can be helpful. Also, planning things to do that you would enjoy might help. Plan to read a good book or watch a movie you were dying to see. Small things can make getting out of bed all the more easier. And if that doesn't work, drink a lot of water and wait until you have to get up to pee.
September 21st, 2015 4:58pm
Small steps. What can you do? Make a list of your accomplishments, and don't ask yourself for more than you are ready for any given day. Did you get out of bed? Great! Did you brush your hair, put on your clothes, eat a sandwich? Everything, no matter how small, counts. I'm sure you'll be surprised by how you do more than it felt like at first.
September 20th, 2016 5:37pm
you cannot keep your motivation up if you cant even get out of bed, maybe change your lifestyle, try getting up in morning...
August 13th, 2019 4:59pm
Find something to look forward for the day! I understand school can be tiring, but it shouldn't be 14 hours of the day. Try and find something to do outside school!
April 9th, 2015 3:44pm
Make small goals. A first goal could be, get out of bed. Once you do that, make the bed, or clean around the bed. Make very small baby steps. If you feel like you can't do anything productive try and clean or straighten up. After you do something small, make sure to reward yourself meaningfully, like praising yourself. "You really did a good job motivating yourself to do this little thing."
April 27th, 2015 12:00am
First step is always the hardest, getting out of bed to possibly face bad things may seem scary, but sometimes when we do it, the day can go better than we expected and things can go better, don't give up hope =)
July 13th, 2015 9:01pm
Make little goals for yourself to get yourself up and moving out of bed. Once you start it's hard to stop.
August 11th, 2015 9:40am
Think of something or someone in your life that makes you happy. Think of that and use it as motivation to get out of bed in the morning :)
September 21st, 2015 5:01pm
Get medicine and go to a counsellor. If things are this bad you need help. You might be lower than you realize.
November 30th, 2015 2:37pm
This is a very hard and common issue. It really depends on you yourself; what you find motivating. Some people find continuing or starting a new project such as drawing a particular thing helps them get motivated. Others may find that simply feeling guilty for lying in bed gets them out of it. Find something that you feel is motivating to you. Think of the things you want to do and know that you have to do, even if you don't feel like it. Remind yourself of how you will feel once you are out of bed and doing the things you want to; remember how good it feels to be doing something, no matter how trivial it may seem.
May 31st, 2016 6:19pm
SO GET OUT OF BED. Do you want to be fat? It's a sunny day today,why don't you hang out with someone. It's not so difficult as you think. You have to want it.
June 14th, 2016 2:49am
Coffee and or some music. Pick your favorite song and set it as your alarm tone for when you get up in the morning
July 25th, 2016 2:37am
Start small. Get a friend, relative, andwerinf service, or even an online accountability group to call you in the morning to wake you up and get you moving and motivated. Make a list of goals and get them posted in a written or online calendar for the day or for the week with alarms and timers.
September 12th, 2016 3:54pm
There is no shame in taking things one step at a time. Small goals make small successes, and they really do add up!
September 18th, 2017 9:28am
We all have those days when we don't want to get out of our bed or breath, but I want you all to know that no matter how tough it gets; there is a reason for our existence. Think of the goal you have or just look up to the people whom you really love. Every morning as you open your eyes, tell yourself that you can do it. Nobody in this world can stop you from getting what you want instead of yourself. Have a bowl full of fruits instead of drinking coffee or tea. If you have a pet, play with it. Go for a walk. Please do not browse Instagram or Facebook early in the morning. Give yourself some time. Take a nice warm shower with nice fragrance candles. Play games you used to play when you were a kid. Cherish, or try to cherish every small thing. Good luck, lovelies.
June 3rd, 2019 3:55pm
I understand it can be really challenging to get out of bed in the morning, but you have to pressure yourself. A good idea is to set some small goals for yourself. Try to ask yourself: Which small goals could you set for yourself today? For instance, talk to a friend, go for a walk, do some self-care, etc. Try to put goals that you can achieve and each day try to put more difficult goals. It's totally okay if you fail! Just try harder or try to achieve a different goal. I am sure you can do this, just be positive and optimistic! Best of luck!