When You "Just Can't"

Mental Health Blog

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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