What do you do when you lose motivation?
Trust me I am no expert on this subject but it is something I’ve been struggling with lately. I’m not a lazy person. When I get myself going I don’t stop. The other day I decided to quickly tidy up and do some laundry. Eight hours later I had decluttered, cleaned and reorganised my all my kitchen cupboards.
Some days though the depression and fatigue feels like it consumes me. My mind knows that all it takes is making one small step. Just try five minutes walking, five minutes of yoga, one load of laundry… The options are endless and usually that first step is all I need to get going for the rest of the day. If I can make that first step.
I’m certain there are people who can relate to those days where you know you should get out of bed, get outside, just do something but you just can’t bring yourself to do it. The temptation to curl up in bed or on the sofa is much more appealing and neither your mind or body are willing to do otherwise. Sometimes it helps. Sometimes it’s your body’s way of telling you that actually, you need a time out and you need to rest. Other times though it’s counterproductive. Personally I can feel worse the longer I stay inactive both mentally and physically. Yet despite knowing this I still do it.
So now I try to bargain with myself. I will allow myself this day of nothingness but I plan one activity for the next morning. Either mindfulness (my go to one as I can even stay in bed to do it), gentle yoga, writing for the blog or something simple that I enjoy doing. I tell myself that as long as I do that one thing I can crawl back into bed if I still need to. So I have my day to mope about and feel sorry myself and I wake up the next day with a plan. It’s working so far. As soon as I do ten minutes of an activity that then spurs me on to try something else. I don’t notice at what point it happens but eventually that fatigue, headache and low mood i woke up with have disappeared.
As I said, I am no expert on this subject so if anyone has any other tips on how to stay motivated on those bad days I’d love to hear them!!