When You “Just Can’t”

When You “Just Can’t”

We’ve all said it. I can’t. The phrase has recently become trendy between young adults when talking about going to class or someone you’re not fond of. Common responses include I can’t, I just can’t, or I can’t even. All joking aside, moments when you just can’t are real. When living with anxiety there are days I REALLY, both physically and mentally, can’t get up to go to class or work.

There are days I seriously can’t study because my mind is so anxious running at 500 miles per hour, my heart is beating fast, and I have a pounding headache. No matter how many times I reread the same page, I still won’t process the information because my mind just can’t.

There are days my anxiety makes me so anxious I am physically exhausted. Maybe I was up all night tossing and turning….maybe I got a full eight hours of sleep and am still struggling because of the physical effects anxiety takes on your body.. Both of these happen quite frequently. There are days when ALL I want to do is sleep. I just can’t get out of bed.

Some people call this laziness, but it’s not. This runs deeper than laziness. Anxiety can be a physical feeling of exhaustion that can prevent your mental productivity. On these days, if I do end up getting out of bed, I feel like a zombie walking through the day with my mind in a fog. The exhaustion makes me incredibly unproductive and I end up getting frustrated with myself because I can’t get anything done and I can’t go home to go to sleep.

As a college student, days like these definitely effected my grades. Try taking a test on a “Just Can’t” day. I’ll tell you it’s a recipe for disaster. It’s something you don’t want to discuss with your professor or your boss because you fear they might not understand. It’s a tricky situation, but mental health does have the ability to take a toll on your productivity.

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Emily is the founder of The Honest Consumer which shares the stories of social enterprises, spreads the word of ethically made goods, and empowers consumers. She also founded Anxiously Awake to encourage the mental health conversation and create a community people sharing a similar struggle.

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