Why Don’t I Want To Do Anything Anymore -- A Look At Boredom And Lack Of Desire

Updated February 3, 2023by ReGain Editorial Team

Have you ever been so tired, overwhelmed, or just fed up that you thought, “I give up, I don’t want to do anything.”? If you have, you’re not alone. Many of us have experienced times in which we have felt so overwhelmed with so much to do that we felt, if not at least for a moment, that, “I don’t want to do anything.”

There are common factors that may contribute to a lack of motivation or desire. Some of those factors are medical, and some may have to do with underlying mental health issues or substance use, or it could be a case of burnout. In this article, we talk about the connection between boredom and depression and how to get past the feelings of frustration, low motivation, and loss of interest and help you figure out what to do when you don’t want to do, well, anything.

Boredom And Lack Of Desire

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Many people, if feeling overwhelmed, come to the point of feeling like “I don’t want to do anything anymore” out of simple boredom, lack of desire, burnout, or any number of other reasons. If you’re experiencing this feeling, it’s normal to take some downtime for yourself and rest, and it’s perfectly okay – and in fact, it’s very important for your well-being – to do so. In our increasingly fast-paced world filled with daily responsibilities and expectations, taking some downtime for yourself is not only normal but also highly recommended.

In fact, research has found that taking some downtime, whether it’s a nap or some self-care like going for a walk or taking a bath, can actually help to increase things like focus and motivation. Taking a bit of time away, be it half an hour or a full vacation, can help provide us with some much-needed perspective and enable us to better handle whatever it is that needs to be done. While this isn’t a cure-all, particularly if you have a mental health condition such as depression, taking some downtime for self-care and relaxation can be incredibly helpful and healing, and a healthy step toward regaining our motivation and sense of self.

To answer the question, “Why don’t I want to do anything?” – there are a variety of reasons that could cause you to feel this way. It’s normal, from time to time, to wonder why you don’t want to do anything, or what to do when you don’t want to do anything. This is a normal reaction from time to time, especially after a potentially exhausting string of events that have happened in your life. Major changes like starting or losing a job, starting or ending a relationship, and moving can trigger feelings of exhaustion or lack of desire to do things.

However, if after a few days or a few weeks of downtime, the feeling of “I don’t want to do anything anymore” persists and becomes your new normal, it may be time to seek support. If feelings of boredom and lack of desire linger and lead to symptoms of depression, you may need to consult with a licensed mental health professional for advice, treatment, and medication management – depending on your condition.

People who experience chronic mental health issues like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may often have periods of boredom and feelings of “I don’t want to do anything with my life, or I can’t do anything with my life” – as a part of their daily symptoms. When these issues persist and become overwhelming, a much larger issue is likely to be at play. A licensed mental health professional may be able to help you address these concerns and get to the bottom of why you’re feeling as though you don’t want to do anything, even things that you previously enjoyed.

Depression And Lack Of Motivation

One of the most common reasons why people experience extended periods of lack of motivation is often due to depression. Individuals who live with diagnosed or undiagnosed depression typically experience symptoms that involve not wanting, or lacking the energy or motivation, to do anything. Depression may come in many forms such as childhood depression, birthday depression, clinical depression, and more. If left untreated, these forms can potentially become a larger mental health concern.

Depression is a common, yet complex mental illness that involves individuals experiencing symptoms of depression for various reasons, including family history, stressful life events, medications, illness or other health issues, or faulty mood management. Feelings of depression may cause an individual to think negative thoughts like “I don’t want to do anything with my life. Am I depressed?" It’s not uncommon for people to report feeling symptoms of depression after major life upheavals like relocating to a new city for a job or the birth of a child, which may result in post-partum depression for a parent.

Some common symptoms of depression include:

  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Eating too little or too much
  • Low energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of interest in things that you previously enjoyed
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Social isolation

Individuals experiencing depression may not want to do anything because they don’t seem to have the mental or physical energy. While not all instances of lack of motivation are related to depression, it may be a common cause. There may also be medical issues that can cause a person to feel a lack of energy or enthusiasm about activities they once enjoyed. A visit to your primary care physician may be able to help you rule out any underlying issues with other medical-related conditions.

Existing Mental Health Challenges

Those experiencing mental health concerns may have a difficult time taking care of everyday responsibilities while dealing with the symptoms of challenging mental health issues, such as depression, PTSD, anxiety, overcoming trauma, bipolar disorder, and many others. Living with challenging and chronic mental health issues is not a choice, and many people who have mental health concerns may experience challenges in overcoming their symptoms. They may not be aware when their issues are more problematic and need immediate treatment or if they are just normal feelings of lack of motivation.

If you haven’t already received a diagnosis for a mental health condition, it may be important to seek support from a medical professional to determine whether there is an underlying cause for your loss of motivation. They can provide a proper diagnosis and a treatment plan to help you overcome any mental health concerns you may have.

Alternatively, if you have been previously diagnosed with a mental health condition, it may be helpful to keep regular appointments with a therapist and continue following the treatment plan prescribed for best results. If you feel this treatment plan isn’t working for you, it may be beneficial to bring this up with your therapist to brainstorm a new game plan that works better for you. If needed, you can switch to a therapist who has experience specific to your particular needs, such as depression, ADHD, anxiety, and so on.

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Conclusion

If you are having persistent feelings of not wanting to do anything, or are experiencing a consistent and regular lack of motivation, it may be time to seek support from a licensed medical professional. ReGain is an online therapy platform that can match you with a licensed therapist to best suit your needs. With online therapy, you can receive advice and treatment at an affordable cost, all without leaving the house, though you can have sessions anywhere there is a stable internet connection. A licensed therapist from ReGain can provide you with tools and strategies that may help you overcome any mental health challenges that you may be having so you can get back to being you.

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