February 28, 2020

How to maintain motivation

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great week! 

I’ve been struggling a lot with feeling inspired and motivated over the last month or so, and although this has probably a lot to do with the winter weather putting me down I think we can all relate to feeling a little uninspired in the winter months (especially at the start of the year)

So in order to help some of you who find it hard to maintain motivation, I’ve come up with some helpful tips to try to get your motivation pumping again!

  • Make a list of all your past successes 

Why you ask?

Well, whenever you are feeling unmotivated for whatever reason, looking at a list of your past accomplishments and the progress you have made should remind you of how far you have come and what you are capable of achieving.

This is a great way to pump yourself up for when you are feeling down on yourself.

  • Surround yourself with positive and enthusiastic people

If you are surrounding yourself with miserable and unambitious people it can suck all the enthusiasm out of you.

Being friends with people who encourage you instead of question your goals will help to keep your motivation high and could inspire you, even more, to go for your goals. 

Enthusiasm is contagious.

  • Create a checklist 

One of the best ways to help you stay on top of your goals and maintain motivation is to write down exactly what needs to be done in order to achieve it.

Just to physically write down a checklist of the steps you need to take will make it much clearer and easier for you to actually achieve whatever goal you have set out to do. This way you can keep on track of your progress. 

  • Think about your higher purpose 

If your goal, for example, is to lose weight, get out of your current debt or start up your own business, ask yourself, why?

Whatever your goal might be asking yourself again and again why you want to achieve that specific goal is really important to get to the root of the purpose and motivation within yourself to achieve it.

If you don’t know why then my feeling is, is it really your own goal?

It’s so important to make sure that your goal is your own at the end of the day, because if it isn’t then you aren’t going to be inspired or motivated to complete it.

If you are unmotivated due to lack of physical energy then try these:

  • Make sure you get a good nights rest 

Sometimes the quality of sleep that you get beats the quantity.

For example, you could have 8 hours of disturbed and restless sleep or 7 hours of deep sleep. 

Whatever makes you sleep best, whether it’s an herbal tea before bed or reading a book, make sure you implement this as a good nights sleep will rejuvenate your energy levels and make you feel more motivated as a result.

  • Drink lots of water 

I am really bad at making sure that I keep my body hydrated, which is why I always feel lack energy most of the time but I am trying to drink more and it has really helped!

You already will know the importance of keeping hydrated with water but studies show that being just mildly hydrated instead of fully hydrated can lead to loss of focus, creativity, decision making and energy. 

So get drinking that water, pronto!

  • Don’t skip meals 

You all know that food is fuel! Without having all the nutrients that are recommended for a daily diet, your brain isn’t fueled and therefore you haven’t got the energy to do certain tasks.

Everyone’s diets are different, whether you have 3 meals a day or 5 small meals a day, and I know sometimes I skip breakfast if I’m in a rush for work but now I take it in with me to make and eat at work instead, so I’m not skipping out any fuel for my brain.

  • Exercise daily 

Daily? I know I even surprise myself sometimes but I didn’t mean work out in the gym for an hour every day or go hiking every day, nothing as eccentric as that, all you need to do is move!

If you feel like you have been a couch potato for a few too many hours now just go on a walk, could be round your estate or you could even do some yoga in your house.

Studies show that doing 20 minutes of exercise every day increases blood flow in the brain and immediately boosts your energy, focus and creativity levels!

Try one or more of these tips and let me know if you feel more motivated? 

Have a great weekend!

All love S x

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