Trying to manage your mental health on your own can leave you feeling frustrated and stuck. One of my skills as a psychologist is knowing how to best support you to grow a deeper understanding of yourself. Once you know what motivates your emotions and behaviours, you can develop a strategy to manage them.
All brains have a harder time initiating action without reward. And by reward, I don't mean treats and stickers, I mean neurochemical rewards. And by neurochemical rewards, we're talking dopamine. Dopamine gives us that feeling of completeness or done-ness. It's not necessarily pleasure (that's what seratonin and oxytocin are for), it just resolution. When we are motivated or compelled to do something, it's usually because our brain wants a little hit of dopamine. If we do so