Am I Depressed Or Lazy? 4 Things To Know

Am I Depressed Or Lazy

If you’re a value-linking person, it’s important to speak to your boss about this. Make sure you ask about why a project or task is so important.

Dig in deep until you can really align to the overarching value of a task so you can finally get it done. Otherwise, you’ll reject getting started and continue to procrastinate and earn the label “lazy.”

2. You’re addicted to social media.

No judgment. I have lost hours to mindlessly scrolling Instagram myself. Social media addiction is a documented issue. Realize that your social scrolling is contributing to your mental health in either a positive or negative way.

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Focus on reducing your time spent on social media. In years, we will be so distressed to see the long-term effects of apps like Instagram on our mental health.

One tip that helps: I like to delete my social media apps on the weekends and after hours. It might take extra time to reinstall them, but it helps me to keep from mindlessly hopping back on. They’re just too addictive!

Also, consider muting and unfollowing accounts that make you feel bad about yourself.

Also, read 11 Tips To Overcome Procrastination

3. You may be struggling with substance abuse.

Laziness and depression could be symptoms of a substance abuse problem. Self-medicating can appear to be laziness (showing up late, missing appointments, ghosting friends), but it’s actually an addiction problem.

In fact, one growing type of addiction is Adderall, a medication meant to help those with ADHD. Often, people abuse Adderall to combat laziness because it provides energy and intense focus; however, Adderall addiction can eventually lead to a person feeling depressed.

4. You’re lazy because you have too much to do.

When you work remotely, you are inundated with work from every angle. Your computer. Your phone. Your Apple watch pings you when your Zoom meeting is starting. It’s too much.

I’ve noticed many of my clients respond to this experience of overwhelm with what looks like laziness. They hide. They pull the covers over their head and use their avoidance and unresponsiveness as a way of saying, “I’m overwhelmed.”

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How To Encourage People With Depression And Mental Health Problems

One of the best ways to completely deflate and degrade someone with depression is to call them lazy. Language has power. When you see someone being lazy at work, pause and consider how to inspire them.

Consider swapping out the word “lazy” from your vocabulary altogether. As I mentioned, lazy has such a negative connotation and can bring up harmful feelings. Encourage employees and colleagues to schedule downtime into their calendars. Sometimes I call it “thinking time” or moments of space. It might look like laziness, but it’s actually the most replenishing time you can put on your agenda.

Also, read 5 Ways Gratitude Improves Our Mental Health

Depressed Or Just Lazy—Both Are Perfectly Fine

Laziness and depression are both parts of life. Neither is good or bad. Let’s all work to relieve ourselves and each other of the intense judgment of these two human experiences.

Are you depressed or lazy? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Written by:Brynn Johnson
Originally appeared on:Psychology Today
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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