How to Keep Going When You Don't Feel Like It

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 175

Whether you don’t feel like working out any longer or you don’t feel like cleaning the house, it’s tough to push yourself to do things you don’t feel like doing.

That’s because your brain will try to hijack your behavior. It might tell you that you’re too tired to keep going. Or it might distract you with catastrophic thoughts. But you don’t have to believe your brain when it tells you that you can’t stand to keep going.

In fact, pushing yourself to do things you don’t want to do is a great way to show your brain that you’re more capable and competent than it gives you credit for.

You already have some skills that help you do things you don’t want to do. Otherwise, you probably wouldn’t ever clean the house or you wouldn’t ever go see the dentist. 

But it never hurts to have a few more tools to help you keep going even when you don’t feel like it.

On today’s episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I share my seven favorite strategies that can help you persist. Each one can be a powerful tool that you can use on its own or you might combine several of these strategies for maximizing your ability to stick to a tough task.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.