top of page

Low mood and loss of motivation and purpose


Understanding the roots and possible ways forward

Many people struggle with low mood and a loss of motivation and purpose. These feelings can be incredibly draining, making it difficult to find joy in everyday life. There may be different potential causes, and different ways that therapy can help you re-engage with life more positively.


Understanding the Causes


Several factors can contribute to low mood and a lack of motivation:


  • Life Stress: Stressful events like work challenges, financial strain, or relationship difficulties can drain your emotional energy and make it hard to find motivation.

  • Depression: Low mood and loss of motivation are core symptoms of depression. Other signs might include sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, and difficulty concentrating. This is something that could be situational, coming out of life stresses, or it may be more biochemical in nature, for which speaking to your GP would be essential.

  • Anxiety: Persistent worry and anxiety can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unable to focus on tasks or goals.

  • Burnout: Chronic stress and emotional exhaustion can lead to burnout, characterized by cynicism, detachment, and reduced effectiveness.

  • Medical Conditions: Thyroid problems, vitamin deficiencies, and other medical conditions can contribute to low mood and fatigue. Again, this would need to be explored with your GP. They can often be remedied relatively easily with medication.


The Cycle of Low Motivation


When you feel down and unmotivated, it's easy to fall into a negative cycle. You may withdraw from activities you used to enjoy, which further intensifies feelings of purposelessness and low mood.


How Therapy Can Help


Therapy can be a valuable tool in regaining your motivation and rediscovering a sense of purpose. Here's how:


  • Identifying the Root Cause: A therapist can help you to understand the underlying reasons behind your low mood and lack of motivation. This might involve exploring stress triggers, negative thought patterns, or past experiences.

  • Developing Coping Mechanisms: Therapists can equip you with strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and negative emotions that might be hindering your motivation.

  • Goal Setting and Direction: Therapy can help you identify realistic and meaningful goals that rekindle a sense of purpose and direction in your life.

  • Building Self-Compassion: Cultivating self-compassion allows you to be kind to yourself during difficult times, reducing self-criticism that can further sap motivation.

  • Behavioral Activation: Therapists can guide you in gradually re-engaging in activities you used to enjoy, even if you don't feel like it initially. This can help rebuild positive experiences and a sense of accomplishment.


A therapist can be a supportive guide on your journey to rediscovering your motivation and building a more fulfilling life.  Any of the therapists at the practice should be able to help, even if they might have a variety of approaches. If you read the biogs you should get a good idea of who you might like to work with.


These websites might be of interest too: ( Provides practical tips and self-help strategies for managing stress, coping with depression, and building resilience.

Action for Happiness: ( Focuses on positive psychology and offers actions and resources to promote well-being and a sense of purpose.

How we can help

bottom of page