When You Have No Energy or Motivation


We all have days when we just don’t want to do anything. No energy, no motivation. Just want to crawl back into bed. Well, here’s some ideas of things to do when you feel like that to help get moving again! (Note- of course you should get medical attention if you are really not doing well! These are just my suggestions for those times when everything is fine but we are just feeling kind of tired)

Ideas to help when you are feeling sluggish or unmotivated

  • Peppermint! Peppermint candy, peppermint gum, peppermint tea… Peppermint is energizing. I use peppermint gum to help give me a boost when I need it
  • Stretch. If you can, maybe do some yoga. Get some blood flow going and remind your muscles it’s time to be awake


  • Peppy music. I actually have a playlist specifically for when I’m feeling tired that is all peppy, upbeat, make-you-wanna-dance songs
  • Sunshine! If the sun is shining, go outside for a few minutes and soak it in, or at least open your curtains. Remind your body that it’s daytime
  • Drink a glass of water. This can often perk me up some, or at the very least it will make me need to go to the bathroom soon which will make me get moving! 😜
  • Go for a walk! Even if it’s just around the room- move!


  • Picture the person you want to be at this moment and think of one easy thing you can do right now to get closer to that vision. Don’t let it depress you though! This is supposed to be motivating
  • Speaking of motivating- knock something off your to-do list. I know, you don’t want to do anything. But knocking one easy thing off your to-do list can be immensely satisfying and help motivate you to keep going
  • Eat an orange. Like the peppermint, oranges give an energizing boost
  • Watch a comedian on YouTube for ten minutes. ONLY ten minutes. get yourself laughing and feeling more awake, then turn it off and go do something (I love Brian Regan)


  • Write a thank you note. Sounds weird? Getting your mind focused on gratitude can help change any mood. Write to your mom, the fire department, soldiers overseas, the kid next door, the Taco Bell guy, whoever you want to thank.
  • Set a timer for 30 minutes and do a power clean/work/whatever you need to do. I often do this for cleaning. Knowing I only have to do it for 30 minutes helps get me going, and having the challenge of wanting to see how much I can do in that time is really energizing for me!
  • Do a random act of kindness. Tape a dollar to a vending machine for someone to use, pay for someone’s coffee, do the dishes for your spouse (if they usually do them), whatever you can think of- opportunities are endless!
  • Wash your bedding. Not only does this prevent you from going to sleep, but it gives you something to look forward to- who doesn’t love sleeping on a nicely made bed with fresh, clean sheets?


  • If all else fails, take a 20 minute nap. Set an alarm and let yourself rest. Even if you don’t actually sleep, maybe your body is just trying to tell you it needs some time to chill? Maybe you didn’t sleep well last night and need a recharge? Even when I’m at work I have occasionally taken a power nap in my car on break- and it can do wonders. Just don’t forget to set the alarm!


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One Response to When You Have No Energy or Motivation

  1. Emma says:

    Thanks for that post Carrie, I’ve been feeling very unmotivated today, I think I’ll go for a walk and re-energise myself 🙂 maybe I’ll even drink a peppermint tea when I get home too!


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