Hi - welcome to SP - you have come to a very good place for support and friendship.
My first query is about WHY you lack energy/motivation! Is it possible that depression could be a factor? OR Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, OR poor nutrition, OR total lack of sleep, OR something else?
IF sleep is a contributing issue AND you are going to bed quite late, are you able to go to bed a little earlier than normal? I would be inclined to FIRST make an appointment with your Dr and discuss this with him/her. It may be that your Dr will want to take bloods etc, to check that Diabetes, PCOS, Hypothyroidism or low iron etc. aren't a factor. It they are, then treatment can be started which will help you. If depression is an issue, or even if it is just motivation, then ask your Dr for a referral to a Therapist to help you deal with this.
Do you eat a healthy balance of food? Plenty of fruit and veges and good protein? A lot of people don't - they rely too heavily on MacDonald's or similar, or eat a very high carb diet with very few veges or healthy low fat meats. Do you drink a lot of soda? These issues can have dire consequences on our energy levels, too! Another thing that may seem strange, getting in a big of extra exercise - especially outdoors, can actual INCREASE your energy levels because it encourages you to breathe a little deeper, taking in more oxygen, your circulation improves taking that extra oxygen to your brain and other organs, and you get more Vitamin D from the sunlight. Even if you walk to the mailbox and back 2-3 extra times a day initially can make all the difference. After-all, we all have to start somewhere.
I find that most of my exercise comes from putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. This is really great - sometimes I can get in 20-30 minutes walk doing this and the beauty of it is that it doesn't seem like exercise, and it also doesn't seem like work. To me, that is a win/win situation.
Just start this journey with baby steps, changing only one or two things to start with and allow your mind/body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix. You will find in time that you are well on your way, and you wouldn't have even noticed it :-)
Keep in touch and let us know how you are going!
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