Usually, we start to feel that way when we’re not living the sort of life we really should be, or spending our time in a way that makes us feel happy to be alive.
The first thing I’d check is your job:
Are you doing what you want, or what you somehow got coerced into doing by other people, or settling for because what you really wanted to do seemed out of reach?
If you don’t wake up raring to go to work more often than not, then you are probably in the wrong job.
The next thing I’d check is your relationships:
Are you spending time with generous, thoughtful, caring, committed people, or are your relationships more superficial, competitive and challenging?
This article can help you start to tell the difference:
7 negative people
If you are spending too much time with people who ‘take’ and don’t ‘give’ much back, then you should re-evaluate your relationships and try to find a different crowd.
If you have a ‘key’ relationship in your life that’s very draining or challenging, then that also needs to be recognized, acknowledged and worked on, if it’s robbing you of your joie de vivre.
Next, I’d check your overall lifestyle and health choices:
Are you eating properly? Getting enough sleep? Exercising sufficiently? Or, doing recreational drugs, or spending too much time online? All of these things can seriously compromise your energy levels, motivation and mood.
You can find out more in my book, Causes and Cures of Depression.
And also take a look at this post:
3 pronged approach to beating depression.
Last, can you answer the question: ‘what’s the point of being alive?’
If you have a good answer, that by itself will start to energize you and motivate you. If you don’t have a good answer, that’s the first place to start, as feeling aimless and purposeless will continue to drag you down internally, even if the external circumstances of your life are amazing.
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