I know I’m not the only one who struggles to stay motivated all the time. It’s impossible. With life being as crazy as it is, with moods changing and swaying, and with circumstances completely out of our control, sometimes we lose it.
How many times have you said “I’m going to work out every day this week” to find out that by the end of the week, you did it only once or twice?
How many times have you gone to work to leave at the end of the day to realise you got nothing done??
How many times have you made a plan to clean out your house, or work in your garden, or finally go do that one thing you know needs to be done but just can’t be bothered???
Yeah, I know. It happens to all of us.
Whether it’s because we’re just exhausted, life got busy, or we’re just stuck in a rut, I’ve come up with 5 ways to help motivate you to get it done. Below are some tips and tricks that I use when I’m making excuses for myself. And one of these usually work for me. Try these out for yourself next time you’re feeling unmotivated and not bothered to do anything but sit on the couch.
Look at your favourite influencer’s work. If there’s someone who inspires you, look at the work they’ve done. Look up articles about how they got the success they’re at now. Sometimes reading a success story can give you the inspiration you need to keep going. It’s easy to compare yourself to other people, and instead of feeling motivated, feeling even less motivated than you were before so make sure you’re in the right head space for this exercise.
For me, I get demotivated from working out every now and again. I’ve gone through a bit of a lull lately. It takes a lot of energy to get myself out of bed every morning at 6am to go and smash a good workout. It’s so easy to fall into a rut and decide to sleep in instead. I follow a lot of inspiring women on Instagram – girls who are in to health and fitness. It helps me feel like I am not alone. And it’s okay to have some down days, but pushing myself when I know I’m capable is important to get back into it. Learning from the other girls out there helps tremendously. It’s an incredibly useful tool, the social media community.
Find a way to enjoy it. So whatever you’re trying to motivate yourself for, it would be a hell of a lot easier if you actually enjoyed it. Unfortunately, there are some things we have to do in life that we just don’t get complete enjoyment out of. So if that’s the case, try to find a way to make it much more fun. If you’re cleaning the house, turn on some of your favourite music. If you’re at work and you hate your job, try to make some friends to help you get through the day. If you’re not into a certain workout, change it up and find one you do like. I hate running so I’ll walk on an incline, or do the elliptical instead.
Or you could always try to reward yourself. Just like a dog or a child. Yeah, us adults may be smarter and know what we’re actually doing to ourselves, but it still can work. Work out extra hard so that you can enjoy a little treat later. After cleaning the house, you can reward yourself with a glass of wine or a beer. It’s okay to enjoy life and treat yourself after a job well done.
In my experience, I opt for workouts I actually love and get enjoyment out of. I love seeing and feeling my progress. When it comes to cleaning, I try to just get it done and out of the way and my reward is enjoying a nice and clean flat. That’s enough for me as I absolutely hate filth and clutter. When it comes to eating healthy, I make it my mission to choose foods I genuinely enjoy eating. I refuse to eat foods that taste horrible just for the sake of “eating healthy.” So I either find a way to hide the fact I’m eating it, like in a yummy smoothie, or I sneak it in other ways. And I always let myself have a cheat meal every once in awhile to reward myself for making good choices throughout the week.
Choose your attitude. Your attitude can make or break a situation. And I realise how difficult this is because I struggle with this in every facet of my life. Trying to be positive when you’ve seriously got the shit end of the stick, or had a truly awful day is a project in and of itself. However, it is extremely powerful and incredibly worth it.
When I got Bell’s Palsy, I had two ways of dealing with it. I could have been scared and angry. I could have blamed anything and everything for my problems. I could have sat inside the entire time, too worried to go out and see people. But you know what? The moment I found out what it was, and was told I would more than likely make a full recovery, I relaxed. The entire reason I got the Palsy in the first place is because I was so stressed out and tense. That was the moment I decided that I needed to look at things with a much more positive mindset. And since then, I’ve made serious strides in life guys.
I’m not saying I’m perfect every day, but I have come a long way. I made a full recovery within 6 weeks of getting Bell’s Palsy because of my positive attitude. It really does make a huge difference.
Visualise your end goal. I feel like this is such an easy way to motivate yourself. I mean, to be honest, I feel like most people do this anyway, but it is really easy to lose sight of why you’re doing something. Why did you start your business? Why do you go to work everyday? Why are you trying to lose weight?
For me, when I’m lying in bed deciding to turn off my alarm and roll over for an hour more of sleep or to get my ass in the next room to do a HIIT workout, I think of how much better and stronger I’ll feel after I workout. And not only that, but I think about how proud I’ll be of myself when I have finally gotten to a good weight and size that I want.
It’s too easy to lose sight of why you do everyday things so reignite your passions and remember the why and what you plan on getting out of it.
Take a well needed break. If none of the above are working for you, maybe you just need to rest. Sometimes we work ourselves so hard and forget that we need to chill out and relax every once in awhile. Book a holiday. If you can’t afford it or the time off, try a long weekend away. If that’s still not even plausible, watch a movie. Take a mental health day from work. Cancel all your plans on the weekend and sit inside and just let go. Get a takeaway.
You are allowed to treat yourself. Self-care is important. And it’s needed if you work yourself ragged. You don’t want to burn yourself out.
D and I have been insanely busy this year. He’s gotten progressively busier at work. I spend a significant amount of my life doing work on the blog. We’ve had my parents over. We’ve been to a wedding. I got Bell’s Palsy. We’ve barely had any time off to just relax and chill, and we need a break. So we decided to go to the States for the 4th of July this year instead of Thanksgiving. It’s exactly what we need to recharge our batteries so we can come back motivated to get more shit done.
Staying motivated all the time is not possible. You’re going to have lulls in the road. But recognizing that it’s okay, and knowing what you can do to get back at it is very important. So next time you’re feeling particularly lazy even though you’ve got a long list of things to accomplish, remember one of these tips to keep you going.
I hope these help in one way or another!