Have you ever felt that everything you do has lost all its substance? Like I dont care about anything, because theres no enjoyment or pleasure in doing it?
If you feel like you arent enjoying life anymore, and want to talk to someone about it, there are people here for you. Anhedonia is an inability or reduced ability to feel pleasure, enjoyment, and engagement with life.
Anhedonia is known to especially affect those who experience major depression, PTSD, or other mood struggles. This brings about a disinterest or lack of pleasure in doing things of a social nature, like hanging out with friends, attending a party or event, avoiding malls and other public places. Our ability to receive comfort from touch or be intimate is greatly diminished because of physical anhedonia.
Another factor of physical anhedonia can be attributed to your other senses eating, smelling, hearing and seeing. You may experience a lack of enjoyment and pleasure from eating your favorite foods, inhaling nostalgic scents, listening to music, or watching movies. Environmental factors (such as trauma or grief) may give us a negative feeling about doing things.
And if we also have vulnerable genes, our brains reward system is tricked into ignoring pleasurable things. Great, lets get off our asses and actually try to enjoy the things we love, while kicking anhedonia to the curb! If youre struggling in self-isolation due to coronavirus, this list should consist of things you enjoy which can be done indoors .
The reason for this is to identify the things that once made you feel alive, but which you now probably cant imagine yourself doing (since they now give you little enjoyment, or since youre stuck in the house). In this part of the exercise, you want to find the tradeoff between your enjoyment and the effort required to do each thing. Start planning to do your high value activities as soon as possible, because they have the best chance at bringing you some enjoyment.
How do I make myself care about life?
Live Healthy, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and avoid drugs and alcohol. ….Practice good hygiene. ….See friends to build your sense of belonging. ….Try to do something you enjoy every day.
How do I start caring?
Practice self-care on a daily basis to keep yourself in good physical and mental health. Do things every day to help you feel less stressed out and more self confident. ….Set goals and stick to them. Part of caring about yourself means caring what happens in your future.
Is it normal to not care about anything?
Apathy is when you lack motivation to do anything or just don’t care about what’s going on around you. Apathy can be a symptom of mental health problems, Parkinson’s disease, or Alzheimer’s disease. It often lasts a long time. You may lack the desire to do anything that involves thinking or your emotions.
What should I care about?
Care about how you treat others. ….Care about your personal growth. ….Care about your goals. ….Care about scaring yourself. ….Care about how you spend your time. ….Care about your thoughts. ….Care about doing your best. ….Care about where you are.
This article was co-authored by Guy Reichard. Guy Reichard is an Executive Life Coach and the Founder of HeartRich Coaching & Training, a professional life coaching and inner leadership training provider based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He works with people to create more meaning, purpose, well-being, and fulfillment in their lives. Guy has over 10 years of personal growth coaching and resilience training experience, helping clients enhance and transform their inner worlds, so they can be a more positive and powerful influence on those they love and lead. He is an Adler Certified Professional Coach (ACPC), and is accredited by the International Coach Federation. He earned a BA in Psychology from York University in 1997 and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from York University in 2000.
One of the harder things to fight back against in depression is the overwhelming apathy, the feeling that nothing matters. Its a hard feeling to fight back against, because when you dont particularly care about anything, its hard to muster the enthusiasm or the motivation to do so anyway.
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Anhedonia is an inability or reduced ability to feel pleasure, enjoyment, and engagement with life. It can also include reduced motivation to do things. You may feel like you don’t care about anything anymore since nothing feels good or brings you fulfillment.With anhedonia, your interest in things you used to love doing diminishes. That feeling of “wanting” or “liking” things is decreased, and you may not even know why.Anhedonia is known to especially affect those who experience major depression, PTSD, or other mood struggles. However, even if you don’t have any mental health diagnoses, you may still experience anhedonia. Anyone can find themselves stuck saying: “I don’t care about anything anymore.”There are various factors that may have set off your anhedonia, such as:You may feel a general sense of not caring about anything, or your anhedonia might be a more specific sub-type:
Our ability to receive comfort from touch or be intimate is greatly diminished because of physical anhedonia. If you are a person who enjoys physical activities such as playing sports, exercising, or even sex, developing physical anhedonia can be extremely detrimental to your mental well-being. Causes of physical anhedonia can be trauma, physical disabilities, or sexual dysfunction.Another factor of physical anhedonia can be attributed to your other senses – eating, smelling, hearing and seeing. You may experience a lack of enjoyment and pleasure from eating your favorite foods, inhaling nostalgic scents, listening to music, or watching movies. Your feeling of “I don’t care about anything” can even cause you to neglect your body.
Do you need a change of scenery from this “I don’t care about anything” mood? Great, let’s get off our asses and actually try to enjoy the things we love, while kicking anhedonia to the curb!This exercise is adapted from Dr. Robert Duff’s book,
Once you’ve got your list ready, think about how much excitement, happiness and pleasure each of these activities bring you and rate each one. On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being “it completely sucks” and 10 being “this rocks my world”), write the level of enjoyment each activity brings you — as if they were all completely effortless. This is how I rated my activities:
Next, think about how difficult the activity is for you to do – like how much effort, time, planning goes into actually doing it. So again, from 1 to 10 (with 1 being pretty easy and 10 being “Hell NO”), rate each activity on your list.See my list below. In contrast to how much pleasure these activities (used to) bring you, you can also see how difficult they are to do.
Now comes the fun part – okay, maybe more introspection than fun. Last step! In this part of the exercise, you want to find the tradeoff between your enjoyment and the effort required to do each thing.To do this, subtract (minus) the effort rating from the enjoyment rating. For example, on the activity of reading a book, my enjoyment rating is 5 and my effort rating is 2. Therefore, the value of my activity is 3 (5 – 2 = 3). Do this for each of your activities like below.