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  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

    Also visit the online treatment locator.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

English and Spanish are available if you select the option to speak with a national representative. Currently, the 435748 (HELP4U) text messaging service is only available in English.

In 2020, the Helpline received 833,598 calls. This is a 27 percent increase from 2019, when the Helpline received a total of 656,953 calls for the year.

The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.

The service is confidential. We will not ask you for any personal information. We may ask for your zip code or other pertinent geographic information in order to track calls being routed to other offices or to accurately identify the local resources appropriate to your needs.

No, we do not provide counseling. Trained information specialists answer calls, transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.

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Last Updated: 08/30/2022

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7 Ways to Stop Feeling Lazy and Worthless - HEROINE

The feeling that the only thing you're doing lately is degrading comes no matter how busy your schedule is. We will tell you how to cope with the feeling of your own helplessness and worthlessness. Fortunately, this is often just a thinking trap that has nothing to do with reality.

1. Write down everything you do

It's not about the to-do list for the day - now for you it's just another tool of oppression and a reason for self-flagellation. Instead of making schedules, try writing down what you did today. Any activity will do: woke up at 9, from 10 to 13 played video games, from 14 to 19 watched series.

This is necessary to understand what you are wasting your time on. It may well turn out that during the time of “useless” lying on the couch, you managed to throw things into the laundry, cook dinner, wash the dishes five times and run to the grocery store.

2. Try the 5 Second Motivation Rule

The hardest thing is not to complete a task, but to force yourself to start it, so find ways to motivate yourself. Sometimes, instead of inspiring speeches and persuasion, it is better to throw all thoughts aside and just do it. Try starting a countdown by saying the numbers in your head, and when you get to one, start working right away. nine0003

3. Start small

Complete a tiny task that will make you feel at least minimal satisfaction - this will become an impulse for further work. Clean up the room, wash the dishes, sort out the mail.
Right now, forget that you didn't find your dream job, didn't read 20 books in the first half of the year, didn't do a general cleaning in the apartment. Start by making the bed - even such an insignificant task is still more useful than torturing yourself with a destructive feeling of guilt. Just be careful - often with small tasks we try to distance ourselves from some unpleasant business, and such self-deception only exacerbates dissatisfaction with ourselves. Try to complete a difficult task as soon as possible, then you will not spend the rest of the day in negative anticipation. nine0003

4. Avoid too much to-do list

Sometimes the feeling of not doing anything or getting things done is due to the fact that you are planning too many tasks. Used to acting on a to-do list - reconsider your approach to compiling it.

Start with the 3-4 most important tasks to start your day with. Next, write down what you can do if you have time and energy left. Don’t think that if you didn’t get to the optional part today, then you didn’t spend the day productively enough. The main thing is to complete the main list. nine0003

5. Stop living an all-or-nothing lifestyle

Always remember the difference between doing nothing and not doing everything you wanted to. Often people become passive from the thought that it will not be possible to give 100%, to achieve an ideal result. But, if today you can give out only 10%, it's better than nothing.

Appreciate everything you do, not just significant accomplishments. And stop chasing perfection. Without high expectations, it will be easier for you to start any task. nine0003

6. Find a hobby

The feeling that you are lazy, useless and living your life in vain can arise from a banal excess of free time. You feel that you are ready to plunge into another existential crisis - to find yourself a new hobby. The presence of regular leisure eliminates many problems in the head.

This works especially well when you regularly learn something new. It doesn’t matter if it’s dancing, sports or embroidery, the realization that you went to the next workout, learned the movement or created a picture gives a feeling of satisfaction and pride. nine0003

7. Help others

This advice works well for those who often feel useless and unwanted. There are always people around who can use your help: emotional support, financial, physical. To find them, it is enough to show empathy, to distract from the problems in your head and look at how others live and feel. Help a colleague with a difficult project, listen to a friend, participate in a community work day, or go grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor. Small acts of kindness really help to find meaning in life again. nine0003

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We all have times when we can't help but feel useless. If you are stuck in a stalemate, then choosing yourself takes on the discipline of constant small changes.

I feel useless. Hm. Well, it's not hard to parse. Feel worthless The question you should stop asking yourself when you say something like "less" is what's more. If you feel worthless, then explore what is worth more than you feel. nine0003

What exactly are you missing? If it's value in itself, then figure out how you define yourself.

Feeling worthless? Here's what can help

Many of us feel worse than at times in our lives, for example, when things don't go our way, we don't reach our goals, or we're not who we want or hope to be. But if your feelings of worthlessness persist and persist, it can serve as a step backwards. Find out why you are not happy with who you are or where you are in life. nine0003

Sometimes it just takes a gradual change to get out of the rut and make yourself feel useless. Like a black hole, digging yourself out might seem like a huge task, but it doesn't have to be. You're not going to wake up one day with feelings behind you and magically well adjusted.

But you can wake up every day with one small achievement that makes you feel successful. With each success, it gives you the boost you need to try the next one, and so on. One day you rise and realize that life is what you want. Everything you hoped for, you are. nine0003

# 1 make the bed. I know it sounds stupid, right? If you wake up every morning and the first thing you do is make your bed, then by the time you finish your first cup of coffee, you are already ahead of the game and have something in your pocket to make you feel successful for the rest of the day.

The theory, introduced decades ago by a naval officer named McGraven, is that every little step you take creates a big change. The easiest place to start is to start your day by making you want more. nine0003

# 2 Take a negative comment and look for silver lining . It's easy to hear things differently than they say when you feel useless. The next time someone tells you that you feel demeaning or worthless, find the silver lining in them. . Perhaps your negativity perpetuates your feelings of worthlessness. So, stop hearing messages as just negative, and even if they are, challenge yourself to do better next time instead of having constructive or other criticism win you over. nine0003

# 3 Set smaller and more achievable goals for yourself . Sometimes it's easy to beat yourself up for not being where you want to be or for what you're after. But it is also a sign that your expectations are too high and you are set to fail.

If you want to stop feeling useless, then rest. Instead of feeling like you should have a corner office by the age of twenty-five, set smaller achievable goals that you achieve every day. nine0003

At work or in your personal life, stop looking for big money or paychecks and be happy with smaller victories that will eventually get you where you want to go. Of course, it may not be as fast as you want. But give yourself a little break and you may find that it's not always the joy of the end of the destination, but the little things that make you happy on the road. If you tend to beat yourself up, this won't help you at all. Making mistakes is not only good; it is important to know where you want to be in life and how to get there. nine0003

Stop being harder on yourself than others and expecting perfection when that's not possible. Look at the good things you have to offer instead of focusing on all your mistakes or fears. What you can see is how you feel useless for no reason.

#5 Start eliminating those people in your life who are holding you down. Take a close look at the people you surround yourself with. Do they make you feel good, or do they depress you? If you are trapped in negativity, by the laws of attraction, by continuing to be around them, you attract negativity. nine0003

Find people who look on the positive side and are there to point out your good points instead of confusing your not-so-great ones. There will always be someone available to make you feel worthless, that's just life. But why surround yourself with people who don't see what gifts you have? Look for those who will help you shine, not crush your light.

# 6 Let go of the past. So you screwed up a few times in the past. We all have a flash of news. There is not a single person walking this earth who has not made enough mistakes in his past. Whatever you have done up to this point has nothing to do with what you do in the future..

The most enlightening thing in life is when you realize that not only every new day, but every new moment, you have the potential to start over and make the most of the rest of your life. Like constant busting, you have the power to change your life from the inside out if that's what you're attuned to and want for yourself.

# 7 Do something a day that makes you feel good. Whether an older person helps out with their groceries or mows your neighbor's lawn when you already have a lawn mower, doing one small act of kindness a day helps prevent you from feeling worthless. nine0003

The human nature built into our bodies slightly enhances the good feelings that are released when we do good deeds. These endorphins help change your outlook not only on life but also on yourself. It only takes one small favor for someone to change your whole day, and if you do it consistently, it changes your whole life.

# 8 Decide for yourself who you are. When we feel worthless, it's because we are looking for others to tell us who we are. This is the path to the void. You need to know who and what you are inside, instead of letting others define you for you. nine0003

Stop listening to incoming messages that cloud your self-image and start appreciating who you really are, what you believe in, and the goodness in your heart. If you care about feeling worthless, then you are someone who cares about who you are. This is half the battle.

You are not a selfish person who walks through life patting yourself on the back, but rather worrying about who you are to those around you. This is both positive and negative. Find out for yourself who you are and stop listening to how other people define you.

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