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What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired? When I write for the News, it’s because something inspired me, and I felt like I had to write about it. Lately, I’ve been feeling uninspired. Maybe it’s because life has been really busy, mostly good, but very full. Or is it because of the change in seasons, and the fact that my body is very sensitive to those types of changes? In 2017 all I have written about for the News has been about change and seasons. I’m sensing a theme here.

So I’m wondering, actually wondering, how do you handle it when you’re feeling uninspired? I know many other therapists who are in private practice, and motivating ourselves is more or less up to ourselves. What do you do when you know you have a task to complete, but you really don’t want to? I know I’m not alone in this.

Self-talk helps. “If I do this now, it’ll pay off later.” “Work on it a little at a time and it won’t be so bad.” Etcetera. Motivation and encouragement from others helps as well.

But what if none of that is really doing the trick? Is it okay to sit back and say “I’m doing enough. This is enough.” When is good enough enough?

I would love to hear your ideas. How do you motivate yourself when you’re feeling uninspired?


Tamara Statz, LAMFT