Why is staying motivated so damn difficult sometimes? Motivation is something we all struggle with, am I right? For me, I feel like it comes and goes. Some days I feel ALL the motivation and I want to do ALL the things. And other days all I feel like doing is moving from my bed to the couch and maybe to the kitchen for a bowl of ice cream. Lately, I’ve felt less than motivated, evidenced by the lack of blog posts for the month of November. I really wanted to post once a week or at least that’s the goal I set for myself and when that didn’t happen, I said “oh, it’s fine, I’ll just post something tomorrow” and of course, tomorrow came and went and I had written absolutely nothing. It can be discouraging but as I’ve said we all struggle with motivation so here’s a few tips and tricks about how I stay motivated even on days where all I want to do is stay in bed or sit on the couch.
1. Don’t let yourself say “oh I’ll just do it tomorrow.”
I have a reeeeeal bad habit of doing this. Over and over again. Repeatedly telling myself “yah, yah I’ll do it when I have time” but then the time comes and goes and I’ve got nothing to show for it. So don’t let yourself do this. It’s a real sticky rabbit hole to venture down.
2. It’s okay to have rest days. It’s okay to take breaks. It’s okay.
Even though you may feel super unmotivated and sad and lazy or whatever it is, it’s okay to feel that way. And it is certainly okay to take breaks and let your body rest when you need it. But don’t let those rest days consume you. Rest and then get back out there and conquer your dreams and goals.
3. Be proud of yourself for the things that you DID accomplish.
Even if the only thing you did today was get out of bed, applaud yourself for you. You’re doing great, even if you don’t necessarily feel that way. You are. Don’t give up now.
4. Keep your phone/computer out of your hands until you’re out of bed.
Seriously BAD habit that I struggle with. I’ve found that on the days that I feel particularly down or unmotivated are usually the days that I laid in bed and scrolled through IG and Facebook for the first 45 minutes after waking up. Then after that I just don’t feel like doing anything else. But on the days that I wake and get out of bed right away to feed my cat or to go to yoga or whatever it is, those are the days that I feel super good about the things that I’ve accomplished. So definitely give that a try and just don’t pick up your phone until you’re out of bed, dressed, and ready for the day.
5. Get dressed.
I find this one to be a BIG one. It’s so easy to stay in pajamas all day and feel blah. But if you get up and get dressed, then you’ll be ready for the day and ready to tackle whatever monsters you gotta beat that day. I’m rooting for you!
These are just a few ways that I stay motivated and to be honest, they don’t always work. And that’s okay because at least I’m trying. I’m giving it my best effort and that’s all I can really hope for. Living life can be super difficult sometimes and we dig ourselves into these black holes with no way of seeing any light. It can be daunting and frustrating and in every moment you may want to give up. But don’t. Don’t give up. Keep getting out of bed everyday and just try to do one thing for your own good. I am rooting for you. From one human to another, you are loved, you are enough, you can make your dreams come true.