What to do if you feel you cannot get out of bed

By Jenna Fletcher | Medical News Today

There are many psychological reasons why a person may not feel as though they have the energy or motivation to get out of bed in the morning. However, there are some simple tricks that people can try to get going once they wake up.

Depressionstressanxiety, or lack of sleep can make staying in bed a tempting option. However, staying in bed can worsen some symptoms of depression and insomnia. Where possible, it is best to try to get up at the same time each day.

When a person is finding stress, anxiety, or depression overwhelming, they can try using the following ten tips.

1. Break goals down into steps

Sometimes, the prospect of everything that needs doing in a day can feel unmanageable.

If a deadline is looming or anxiety about a particular task or activity is causing a person to have trouble getting out of bed, they should try to divide their morning and day into manageable steps.

Instead of focusing on all of the tasks or duties for the entire day, a person can focus on the next few steps alone.

People should first concentrate on getting up, then using the bathroom, then getting dressed, and so on, without thinking of the day as a whole. Breaking the day down into manageable goals can make it seem less overwhelming.

To encourage a feeling of accomplishment, the person can write tasks down and cross them off as they complete them. The sense of achievement can help a person feel more motivated ahead of beginning the next set of tasks.

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