For whatever reason, sometimes you get stuck in a schlump, and you could do with a nudge to get you over the hump.
Not feeling quite like yourself mentally can take a toll on your work, relationships, and personal life. It can become even harder to find the wherewithal to commit to doing things, and that’s including taking care of yourself.
Fortunately, there are ways to get you over the hump, and the next time you’re feeling ‘meh’, try out these techniques to get you motivated. Remember that if nothing gets you motivated, you can reach out and seek support.
Plan Out Your Day
Lists have a way of making one feel like they’re getting stuff done. That’s because breaking down all the things you have to do in a day makes your load seem manageable and you’ll feel proud of yourself for ticking things off, one-by-one.
Understanding The Purpose
Intrinsic motivativation can get you through some of your demotivated days. Reminding yourself why you do something or what it means to you in the greater scheme of things can get you get going.
Developing A Reward System
While intrinsic motivation is great, sometimes extrinsic motivation is where it’s at. Reward yourself for doing things, big or small.
Check In With Yourself
Have that honest conversation from self to self about how you’re really doing. Feeling demotivated can be a symptom of burnout, hunger, loneliness, anxiousness, depression, thirst, lack of sleep, just so many things. Find the root of your feelings.
I just know you were waiting for this one to make an appearance on this list, but the truth is, exercising for just a few minutes a day can have a myriad of benefits on your health and wellbeing. Exercise can boost the feel-good hormones in our bodies, which can help you feel motivated.
Sign yourself up for some gold old fashioned peer pressure (the good kind). Tell a friend or two about your plans and goal so that they can keep you accountable, in a friendly way, of course.
Personal Progress Report
“By making time to sit down, audit outstanding tasks, and acknowledge completion of other tasks, I gain a sense of accomplishment for what I have achieved and clarity about what I still need to do. This is a great way to reduce the sense of overwhelm we can often feel.”Dr. Mark Lavercombe, a specialist physician, medical educator, and writer at The Productive Physician, tells Healthline.
Remind yourself of motivational quotes to keep you going. Whether it’s a mantra or something that someone said once, and it stuck with you. Even a motivating TED talk can help.
Remind Yourself Of The Times You Succeeded
Remembering the times you set out to complete a task and how good you felt, or how proud you felt about yourself can make you want to recreate the feeling.
Yes. Take a moment outside the whirl of to-dos to clear your mind. Feel the calm wash over you with each inhale and exhale. It will help you refoucus.