With tomorrow fast approaching, I’m struggling to find the motivation to ….. work? exercise? clean? I don’t even really know what the best word would be to fill in that blank, but I can safely say that I am struggling with motivation – PERIOD. I’ve gotten into this funk and I’m really trying hard to work my way out of it. So for anyone else that’s in the same boat with me, I thought maybe coming up with a list of five things to try, might help us to reset our minds and start fresh with the week.
***Disclaimer – I would never advocate any one of these methods as a serious means for combating mental illness. If you feel you may be experiencing or exhibiting symptoms consistent with depression and/or anxiety, etc. please schedule a visit with a medical professional.***
I’ve already warned you all about my addiction to Pinterest. And nothing motivates me more than stimulating my creativity. Down side to this, is that it’s very easy to start comparing yourself to those staged and perfect photos you see on there. So set a time limit for viewing and once you feel yourself becoming Judgy Jane, I would say it’s time to move on.
But seriously, one quick search on Pinterest for ‘motivation’ yields so much – quotes, tips, tricks.
I KNOW! Believe me, I know. How the hell am I supposed to exercise when I don’t feel like doing anything at all?! But one of the best things to get yourself out of a rut is to force it on yourself. Exercise has always had a way of making me reevaluate my choices – maybe because it’s hard to run when you’ve stuffed your face with tacos (I know this from experience). But seriously, it is such a mood booster, and it almost always leaves me feeling more creative and generally better about myself.
It can be anything from weightlifting to riding a bike. Just break a sweat!
This is a big thing for me, and I don’t always follow my own advice when it comes to this. I’m an in-between generation. I still remember what life was like before technology, but I have become just a reliant on it as most millennials. Social media has a way of ruining my hard earned motivational victories (not always) when I start playing the comparison game with others. “Their life is so perfect.” “I wish I could do blah blah blah.” I don’t know many people that this doesn’t happen to.
There are waaay too many electronic devices now days anyhow, and sometimes it just makes sense to take a break from them all. It doesn’t have to be forever, just set a time limit and walk away.
Do Something For Yourself
Paint your nails, go get a haircut, have a coffee, buy a new outfit or come up with a new one from your existing wardrobe, put on makeup and get dressed up (even if you’re not going anywhere). Anything that will help you to feel good and excited about yourself and what you’re doing. It doesn’t even have to cost you any money!! Sometimes something as simple as clean sheets, can be enough to make me feel good inside. Do whatever works for you.
I think one of the most underestimated tools available to us all is simple pen and paper. I usually feel so much better after getting the thoughts out of my head and onto the page. It doesn’t even have to be some fancy thing. Scrap paper it up! Use whatever is on hand. The point is just to give voice to what you’re feeling. Allow yourself to feel it, acknowledge it, and move on from it.
I am sure there are so many more ways to get out of a motivational rut, but these are a few of my own tried and true options that I enjoy. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you do when the motivation slows!