18/03/2021

Wellbeing

Fatigue, low moods, and lack of motivation - Does this make me lazy, or is it my mental health?

Mental health related symptoms are still relatively new to the world, and we are still learning about what to look for when somebody is suffering. The terms lazy and poorly motivated may be words of the past.

Fatigue low moods lack of Motivation depression anxiety Does this make me lazy or is it my mental health

Physical exercise has always been and always will be a positive impact in a person’s life. It helps the body and the mind. It prevents problems later in life. It prevents injuries, helps with mobility. Mainly it just clears the head.

It doesn’t have to mean you run five marathons, climbs mountains, eat & run like Paula Radcliffe or Mo Farah. You can just simply go for daily walks, eat a bit more sensibly, get those steps in, build yourself up and set little challenges. Let’s be honest anyone that has done these things always has a better sense of feeling within. BUT… People with depression, anxiety, and fatigue sometimes don't have that ability.

Laziness, fatigue, feeling down, are usually things that last a day or two and then you are back up and going. But some people with depression, anxiety, and fatigue don't have that ability. These signs can also indicate that you may have some form of Mental Health complaint, and your wellbeing may have been affected by any number of factors.

It's important that we understand the relationship between one who may be suffering from a mental health issue, and one who is suffering from poor motivation and 'laziness'. There are physiological reasons why they come hand-in-hand.
David Fox, CEO & Founder at Moxi

Studies of motivation suggest that laziness may be caused by a decreased level of motivation, which in turn can be caused by over-stimulation, fatigue or distractions. These increase the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for reward and pleasure.

When you have less dopamine, you have less motivation. You may not want to do anything if you don't think you'll get rewarded for it. Avolition is also a symptom of severe depression and other conditions.

If you frequently experience low mood, tiredness or feel a lack of motivation, this may be caused by a mental health disorder, such as anxiety

Moxi wants to change all of this by just doing the simple things to start. “Baby Steps” really is the answer, with straight forward, easy, bit by bit exercise routines, be that a walk, using the stairs, or parking the car a little further away from the shops, these are so key to aid and improve health and wellbeing.

A lovely 5000 step walk can change uplift one’s mood and promote happiness in only 20mins. A competition of a small yet effective Moxi challenge can leave you wanting more. A bit of employee banter, the feeling of being connected and a sense of belonging in these remote times is unbelievably vital the moment, all the while non-work related to promote engagement.

Exercise & movement in its simplest form, while merging with 21st century technology can be so so so effective in relieving stress, depression, anxiety, and that is without including reducing the prevalence of conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. It is a start, and it is more about now looking to prevention.

Healthy and happy staff are just simply effective and productive staff.
Justin Norjte, Head of Partnerships at Moxi