Mental illness is causing laziness

Brylee Huber, Editor

Dear Jane,

   I’ve tried working out before, but I always stop after only a few weeks or days of trying. I never have motivation to keep going. I used to always be in shape, but stress and quarantine led to a lot of bad habits that I can’t shake. I find myself going to the fridge when I’m bored, sad, and even happy.

   I also struggle with motivation to get off of the computer. Everything I do including video games, watching YouTube, talking to friends, and even homework is done online. I end up sitting alone in my bedroom for well over six hours, just eating and sitting on my laptop.

   I am tired of not wanting to do anything, but I also can’t get myself to do anything.

     Slacker Sidney

Dear Slacker Sidney,

   You are more than likely suffering from a severe case of boredom. In the chaos of the pandemic, many people have found themselves reaching for comfort blankets and escapes from the world. Although seemingly beneficial to mental health, this is actually incredibly harmful.

   Motivation is not something that anyone else can give you, but I can tell you that the best way to help is to make a solid list of what you want. What’s more important to you, constantly eating or being fit?

   If your answer is being fit, and remember that your health is your decision and should not be determined by societal standards, then you need to decide what you are willing to give up to get what you want.

   As for your technology issue, working out will greatly help with this as well. If you spend your time exercising, even just going for a walk, you are being “productive” without spending time on the internet. Spending time outdoors will also help with any vision issues that screen time affects.

   To combat not wanting to do anything, think about why you care about the things you care about. If you love watching YouTube, maybe try to start a channel. If you have a passion for video games, look into the aspects you care about. If it’s the world, maybe try writing or art. If it’s the weapons and action, go to a paintball or lasertag course.

   Again, however, no one has the power to make you motivated. If you continue to find yourself uninterested in your former interests, and you genuinely cannot get yourself out of the house or off of the couch, it may be time to talk to an adult or a psychiatrist.

   Depression can hide itself as boredom, and getting help will only bring what you want. I hope this advice benefits you.