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    • kurpels4 months ago

      I have this form of anxiety/depression. I have to convince myself to do little chores for future Sarah. She’s always grateful.

    • deephdave
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      4 months ago

      If you can, split it into smaller tasks. If you have a paper to write, write just a paragraph or two for now, or set a timer for a short period of time. You can do a surprising amount of tidying up in two minutes.

      Writing is cathartic. When you are baffled or overwhelmed by something, just write down your thoughts to get clarity about the task.

      • joanne4 months ago

        I agree and once you start writing, time can fly and you don’t really need that timer.

    • jbuchana4 months ago

      Anxiety is a big problem for me was well. This article explains the situation well.

    • Pegeen
      4 months ago

      Very interesting article and comments. I may have had the opposite problem. When I was younger, not getting tasks done caused me more anxiety than facing them. If there was a report due in 2 weeks, I did it immediately, instead of waiting. I guess the feeling of anxiety is more unpleasant for me than the task itself. But I agree with chrissetiana, no matter what your inner rhythm, always be kind to yourself.

      • chrissetiana
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        4 months ago

        The thing with me is that if there’s a deadline imposed on me by someone else, anxiety hits and i panic so much that i work on it immediately, get it done as soon as possible. But if it’s something personal like reading a book or simply cleaning the room, it can take so long to get done. I just can’t do it. And i never really understood why.

    • bill
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      4 months ago

      Oh man. This is so so real. I can totally relate. I feel like everyone, everywhere can relate to this feeling. Just like: "What's the use?"

    • vunderkind4 months ago

      I received a diagnosis for depression and anxiety disorder last year, and it suddenly put a lot of what I considered inexplicable human ineptness in perspective.

      I've been applying some of the techniques here, but it helps to know you're experiencing something normal for someone with your condition.

    • chrissetiana
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      4 months ago

      Some days may be easier to overcome it than others, but having a name for it and knowing that you’re not alone — well, that makes it feel just a little bit more possible.

      Sigh. So sometimes, it's not like you're simply in constant lazy/procrastination mode. Sometimes it's something more. Always be kind to yourself.