Sometimes, doing the right thing is hard. Sometimes, doing anything is hard.
Motivation, like willpower, is a finite resource. We often start the day full of plans, excited about what we want to do, and then find ourselves losing focus and energy. Sometimes, conversely, we start feeling slow and distracted but find our stride.
What makes the difference when we’re feeling lackluster and like nothing matters?
It turns out that there are (at least) four ways to boost your motivation in a healthful, positive way — allowing you to accomplish more and feel better.
Fuel the engine
Have you ever notice how your motivation seems to trickle away as lunch or dinner-time approaches? Our bodies need energy to run, which means we need FOOD. Like a vehicle, if we run out of fuel nothing the engine stops.
Hectic schedules can make it difficult to keep regular meal times but it is critical you eat often, and enough, to keep your mind and body in motion. Packed lunches, dried fruit and nuts, or natural energy bars like Nakd are good on-the-go options.
Make time for yourself
To often, looking after our own needs falls right to the bottom of the to-do list. We’ve all had those days of, I’ll take a break after I finish X and Y. Or, as soon as Z is sorted out then I can relax.
Guess what. There is ALWAYS more to do. We could literally work 24/7 from now until we dropped and there would never be a ‘perfect time’ to take a break. We have to change our mindset from me-time being a reward to me-time being the foundation that makes everything else possible. When we are connected to ourselves, energised and content then we can address other aspects of our lives with motivation.
Move your body
There are two ways to feel exhausted: over-exercising and under-exercising. The sweet spot is doing regular, stimulating physical activity that strengthens your body and calms your mind. Yoga is a perfect daily practice, either at home or in the studio. You can also supplement it or change things up with running, hiking, swimming, walking, dancing — whatever takes your fancy and keeps you moving.
Connect with others
Isolation can creep up on you — even if you’re surrounded by people. Rushing through your day having perfunctory conversations with colleagues or acquaintances doesn’t nourish emotional needs. It is important to take the time to consciously connect with our friends, partners and loved ones. Especially in recent weeks, many of us have been more socially distanced/isolated than ever before, so it is even more crucial that we make time for conversations and connects that feed our spirit.
When our physical, nutritional, psychological and emotional needs are met we will naturally find ourselves energetic, positive and motivated.
Share your motivation-boosting tips in the comments!