How to Find Motivation to Work When You Feel Like Everything Sucks

A couple of months ago, I onboarded a couple of new clients for my business, and everything else went downhill ever since. There was one point when I finally understood the phrase, “When it rains, it really pours.” Because I shit you not, it does.

Honestly, there were days I just felt like I was too depressed to function. But then I realized that maybe it was also partially my fault as I bit off more than I could chew when clearly I didn't have enough resources to delegate some of the tasks.

It was only recently I started to feel like myself again, so now that I have time to write, I feel like talking about it since that's how I started this blog to begin with… Exactly to be a platform when I feel like I need to pour out my emotion when I feel like I have no one to listen to. LOL.

What To Do When Your Mental Health is Declining

I think the most important part when shit like this happens is to recognize the situation. Why? Because it's so easy to get in denial that something has gone wrong with you mentally, especially when you have responsibilities to accomplish. Frankly, this is something that I was struggling with a few years ago when I had my full-time job.

As for now, I think I got through the stage of acceptance when things went downhill in my life. That, and also the flexible nature of my responsibilities that helped when I'm not in the best condition mentally.

There were days when I got better just by taking sufficient rest. Other days, I felt it was bad enough for me that I decided to make an appointment with a therapist online. Each situation is different, and ideally, you should be the one who understands what you need to get better over time. If you don't, I would suggest giving an online therapy session a try! 🙂

depressed person.
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4 Things to Find the Motivation to Work When You Feel Stuck

Whether you experience imposter syndrome or you just feel overwhelmed with work in general, it's always easy to just put off what you need to do simply because you have no energy for it. And believe me, the situation is more common than you think it is so there's no shame to admit that there will be some phase like that in your life when you feel like you don't want to do anything!

While it's okay to stop what you're doing, after a while you still have to get back to your normal self and find a motivation to start working even when you're not feeling your best self.

So, what are the things you can do to find the motivation to work when you feel stuck? Here we go! 🙂

1. Give yourself a break.

Remember when I said that “when it rains, it pours”?! Well, the problem with my case is that sometimes I feel overwhelmed because I barely get myself a break when things get a little busy. It's the issue that I got from being a woman with too many hats.

In one side, I'm trying to carry my business in a way that it can actually work and benefit everybody involved. But other than that, I also have an individual project that I just want to make things work the way it should in my head.

Guess what? Sometimes it's okay to embrace the art of doing nothing and taking a proper rest so you can function better.

take a proper rest.
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When you force yourself to do everything at once when it's clear you have no energy to accomplish that, it's really not good for yourself. There's a chance of you going spiral and in the end, you'll achieve nothing but disappointment.

2. Start manifesting what you plan out.

A plan is just a plan if you don't manifest it and make it come true. Sometimes all you need to do is just to stay focused on your desired outcome, and make it happen. And you can't achieve the latter if you're too overwhelmed with work, and that's why it's okay to take a rest sometimes!

Whether you need to increase your income or just add more clients, start manifesting it by doing what you need to do to accomplish that. Stay focused on your goal and take action to get there someday!

I'm the kind of person who genuinely believes that we attract what we think of. The law of attraction is undeniable, so if you want to accomplish something, think of that and manifest it into a reality. You can read more about manifesting your plan on

3. Start slow, and gradually increase your daily workloads.

It doesn't matter how little you start out, just start. Sometimes you just have to force yourself into starting it slow to find the motivation you need to finish it. After all, you'll tend to be more determined to get to your goal when you actually start doing something about it.

I normally work around 7-8 hours a day, and when I feel a little down, after taking a couple of days to stay away from work, I usually start working again for around 2-3 hours a day just to get myself heated with the workloads.

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Because I believe when shit goes down, the goal is not to finish everything at once. It is to finish it eventually without breaking my soul into pieces. So far, it works for me. 🙂

4. Find an activity to do in between workloads.

It could be anything, really… From taking a walk around your house, finishing jigsaw puzzles, or even doing karaoke on your smart TV. Recently, I decided to start re-reading The Museum of Innocence as I'm going back to Turkey this year and planning to visit the museum when I'm there.

By doing so, you give yourself some time to distract yourself from the sucky situation that you've been through. And on top of that, you may even find a new activity that would motivate you to get back on track with what you do.

I think that's a common problem for, especially remote workers, because you should be responsible for finding your own motivation when you're down. It's difficult sometimes, but it's possible to do.

So, how do you usually find motivation when you feel like everything sucks? Share in the comment below, and cheerio! 😉

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I am the founder and main editor at The BeauTraveler. I spent 4 years working in the aviation industry but ironically got to travel more right after quitting the industry in 2015. Born and raised in Indonesia, I started working remotely in 2017, and while I stay at home most of the time, I also regularly spend 2-3 months living a semi-digital nomad life elsewhere every year.

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