Am I Depressed Or Lazy? 4 Things To Know

Am I Depressed Or Lazy

Are you struggling to get your work done? Are you trying to figure out whether you are depressed or lazy?
Check out four things that confirm you are probably not lazy.


Laziness is often a symptom of something more significant, like depression or anxiety, and it should not be something we judge harshly.

When we take a closer look, the concept of laziness can be very revealing. Laziness might even be a myth that our culture perpetuates.

Mental health advocacy means understanding that words like "lazy" can be very impactful. We should consider their place in our vocabulary.

Understanding the root of your laziness and even embracing it can lead to more self-care and stronger mental health.

I’ve always been a disciplined person. I was an academic achiever from the early days of Spelling Bee wins. However, there are certain areas of my life in which I admit that I am “lazy.” I don’t flourish when it comes to laundry. So I hire someone to help me in those areas. Sometimes, though, it still bothers me to think that there is “laziness” in me. In our culture, “lazy” is a very dirty term.

Why is laziness such a frowned-upon trait? Is it even a trait at all, or is it the symptom of something else, like anxiety, depression, or mental illness?

In this discussion, I will examine the myth of laziness and why you should ask—am I depressed or lazy?

The Key Differences Between Depression And Laziness

Depression and laziness have a lot in common, which is why many people are mislabeled as lazy. The reason the “L-word” often goes with depression is that it is a common symptom of depression and mental illness.

Depression and laziness both affect motivation, concentration, energy levels, and the quality of work produced. The difference is that depression affects one’s mental health and mood, while lazy people are just unmotivated by things outside their control because they lack self-awareness or insight into what motivates them.

Having At Least One Lazy Day Per Week Can Reduce Stress
Am I Depressed Or Lazy? 4 Things To Know

How Do You Know If You’re Depressed Versus Lazy?

How do you know if you’re lazy? In my personal experience, depression feels very dark. You will notice that it is difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Not because you’re so relaxed and enjoying your cozy time, but because you’re sad, dejected, and feeling hopeless.

Laziness is more of a situational experience. Some days you may feel lazy because you’re tired from a busy week. On the other hand, depression can last for weeks or months regardless of how much rest you get.

True Laziness Might Be A Myth.

I would argue that true laziness as a moral failure or a temperament is a myth.

Sure, we all have days where we are voluntarily and blissfully lazy. When we take a day off, for example. Being lazy is an act of self-care. The space to watch television, order your favorite food, and enjoy a moment to breathe without the maniacal pace of life as a corporate employee is absolutely necessary.

signs you are depressed
Am I Depressed Or Lazy? 4 Things To Know

Also, read 11 Tips To Overcome Procrastination

Reasons Why You Might Struggle With Laziness

From my perspective as a life coach, laziness is a reflection that a person’s health and wellness are in need of examination.

1. You may have issues with value linking.

I recently learned of the principles of value linking, and I wished I had learned them sooner. Value linking refers to whether you feel that a task aligns with your own values.

At work, we’re often assigned tasks that seem mindless or useless. If you get tripped up by value linking, you would probably have a hard time completing an important task for your boss—even if it’s a top priority and due tomorrow—if you think the task has no value.

Most of us have the capability to suspend our thoughts around value linking enough to work on projects assigned to us by our superiors. However, some people find it nearly impossible to do work that has little perceived value.

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Brynn Johnson

Brynn Johnson is a certified life coach specializing in the psychology of work, freelancing, and entrepreneurship. Johnson holds a BA in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She holds a life coaching certification from Alfred Adler Graduate School. She has held internships at Hazelden and the Emily Program in Minnesota. Johnson is also the founder of Swandive Co. She has written for The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Dr. Axe, Bustle, Refinery29, and SheKnows. She blogs over at Swandive Co. and helps driven women find a more freedom-based career and life.View Author posts