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What to Do If You Are Tired & Unmotivated

author image Sandi Busch
Sandi Busch received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, then pursued training in nursing and nutrition. She taught families to plan and prepare special diets, worked as a therapeutic support specialist, and now writes about her favorite topics – nutrition, food, families and parenting – for hospitals and trade magazines.
What to Do If You Are Tired & Unmotivated
Being tired causes lack of motivation. Photo Credit LuckyBusiness/iStock/Getty Images

Motivation is the driving force that determines whether you choose to perform a task, what the task will be and how persistently you'll continue. Tiredness is defined as lack of energy and motivation, which means that the two are related. If you’re tired, you’re most likely also unmotivated. The first step is to explore why you’re tired.


What to Do If You Are Tired & Unmotivated
Consult your physician to rule out medical problems. Photo Credit amanaimagesRF/amana images/Getty Images

Whether you call it weariness or tiredness, fatigue is a natural response to exertion. It occurs in regular daily cycles, but it shouldn't continue for a long period of time. If you have fatigue that’s not helped by getting more sleep or eating properly, consult your physician to rule out medical problems. Some common causes of fatigue include being overweight, anemia, depression, thyroid problems, medications, arthritis, diabetes, sleep disorders and malnutrition.


What to Do If You Are Tired & Unmotivated
Make sure you are eating healthy and balanced meals. Photo Credit Robyn Mackenzie/iStock/Getty Images

One of the most common causes of fatigue is stress, so if you can’t avoid it, find time to relax, practice meditation and exercise. Regular exercise not only reduces stress, but it also helps you control weight, improves your mood and boosts energy, all of which remedy tiredness and provide motivation. Proper nourishment is also essential. Eat regular meals that include complex carbohydrates, proteins, vegetables and fruits. Your body needs water to sustain metabolism and produce energy, so keep yourself hydrated. You also need to eat enough calories to get through the activities you want to perform, so even if you need to lose weight, never eat less than 1,200 calories a day.

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Set Goals

What to Do If You Are Tired & Unmotivated
Write down your goals in a list. Photo Credit lucky336/iStock/Getty Images

If you’re not feeling motivated, begin by writing down your goals. Putting them down on paper – making them visual – helps you get organized and gives you a place to begin even if you're not motivated. Start by making a list of things to do, use the list to prioritize tasks and then focus on the first one so you don’t get overwhelmed. List the steps you need to take to reach the goal. Keep the steps small, realistic and achievable. Be as specific as possible; define what needs to be done, how you’ll do it and, most importantly, set a time frame. Give yourself a date to finish each step and check it off your list as you do it. Motivation and energy increase in proportion to your achievements.

Reward Yourself

What to Do If You Are Tired & Unmotivated
Reward yourself with something that will help motivate you. Photo Credit Jacob Wackerhausen/iStock/Getty Images

Rewards are a bit controversial, with some arguing that they eliminate motivation. Overcoming tiredness and rebuilding motivation, however, require effort and dedication. Acknowledging success contributes to a positive cycle that boosts motivation to continue. Don’t reward yourself randomly; use your goals and pick a time when you’ve reached a specific level of success. Then reward yourself in a way that doesn’t undermine other efforts. For example, if exercise or eating properly are part of the plan, don’t reward yourself by skipping exercise or overindulging in a big meal. Instead, reward yourself with a new MP3, go to a movie, treat yourself to a day at the spa or devote time to reading a book.

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