Laziness can be termed as something which stops us from performing a task in our life. At times, people do not feel like doing anything after they performed a strenuous job like, lifting heavy objects or when a student has studied for many hours and is exhausted, and he does not feel like doing anything immediately. It is normal because, at that juncture, the body needs rest. However, if a person is not doing anything for a fairly long period of time and has a lot of work to do, it is a matter of concern. The reason behind such feelings has to be ascertained before treating them.
Laziness can have physiological or psychological causes. The physiological cause is high and low blood sugar levels due to skipping breakfast or excessive intake of sugar present in food items like coffee, rice, pasta etc. The fluctuations in the blood sugar level can be one of the factors for symptoms of depression, fatigue and inability to cope with stress. It can also be caused due to the imbalance of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA), acetylcholine which affects mood, energy, and motivation.
The problem can be psychological also. The nature of the task and the personality traits of an individual play a major role. The person may feel lazy because he/she does not like the task or because it is too difficult for him/her which causes him/her to lose self-confidence. Or the task is monotonous and the person does not feel like doing it.
Here are a few ways by which one can get out of the habit of lying in bed or being unproductive:
- Belief in oneself: As I mentioned earlier, when we comprehend the complexity of the task, we do not feel motivated to go further and accomplish it. Belief in oneself is important as it keeps our spirits high. Without this, we would not be able to communicate with others or even assert our viewpoints.
- Physical Activity: It is seen that physical activities such as walking, running or jogging and even a 5 to 15-minute workout helps, as it increases metabolism and blood circulation thereby helping a person feel energetic and motivated enough to do the pending tasks.
- Eating Habits: Avoid eating junk food, it contains ingredients which do not help a person feel energetic. This is the prime reason for the increase in obesity in metropolitan cities today. One should eat a healthy diet which includes fruits, vegetables, and nutritious food items.
- Dividing tasks into smaller parts: If the task looks humongous one should divide it into smaller parts. This will not just help towards accomplishing the goal in a composed manner, but also help one work according to one's potential, current need and without worrying about the completion.
- Getting started: Even if you prepare a to-do checklist, it is important to pull up your socks and implement your plans, because if you do not start, the paper and ink will get wasted for preparing the to-do list, right? A good start is equal to a good beginning, after all.
- Creating the ‘Right’ Atmosphere: Wearing a tracksuit and a pair of sports shoes will make one feel geared up for an intense workout. Whereas a formal suit may seem absurd during a workout! Similarly, for a desk job, keeping things in order so as to feel like working and minimizing all possible distractions. If the task is monotonous, one can reduce it by playing light songs which would not only help in killing the monotony but also relaxing our minds. It is important to create the right ambiance and present yourself accordingly.
- Visualise: If you do not feel motivated enough to start, try to think of the consequence of not doing so. Say, if you do not complete your homework in the said deadline, you will be reprimanded. This is a small example. You can try it for other tasks as well.
- Keeping your eye on the goal: It happens that we lose motivation or feel exhausted after performing the task for some time. But you cannot sit because there are goals in front of you. For that, think why you started to think of it at the first place and motivate yourself with those intentions. Example: You might not feel like going for a workout. In that case, you can motivate yourself by reminding yourself as to why you had started this activity- for losing weight or to stay healthy or to wear your favourite dress you wore 3 years ago. Any external factor which holds extreme importance to you can act as a motivator.
- Reinforce yourself for accomplishing a goal: It is a psychologically proven technique to reward or reinforce yourself for accomplishing a goal- telling yourself, “Well done!” (like patting your own back) after achieving smaller goals or using positive reinforcements such as treats after accomplishing tasks.
These are a few ideas to get over your laziness, provided you are not lazy enough to even think about it!