As a creative, I seek to spread positive energy out into the world. Damaged souls are healed one day at a time.
A Common Place
We all have those days where staying in bed appears to be more appealing than getting up and facing the world. If you're like the majority of us, this is simply not an option on most days. So that brings us to the dreaded question: How do you get yourself out of bed and be productive? Although many questions may follow that one, it's important that we take this thing one step at a time.
Firstly, the reasons that we sometime lack motivation may vary throughout different chapters of our lives. Essentially, it is important to identify the contributing factors which may drive these undesirable feelings. This is sometimes easier said than done.
Although there is no immediate fix-it-all, here are five ways that you can keep yourself motivated on those impossible days.
1. Start Your Day with A Prayer
Whether you are religious or not, dedicating time for peace of mind is important. If you are religious, you are most likely already familiar with prayer and the peace that it often brings. Despite said peace, we sometimes don't pray often enough. Tell me, why do we choose to carry our burdens alone when there is love, peace and power in prayer?
There is no doubt that tough times will arise. Such is life, unfortunately. However, the next time you're having a rough day or you just can't seem to shake off yesterday's burdens, try dedicating 5 minutes of your time for prayer. I assure you that someone is listening and that someone loves you very much!
2. Make a To-Do-List
A hectic schedule can turn in to chaos without proper organization. On some days, routines can become overwhelming, especially when trying to balance various responsibilities.
The key to success on these days is to adopt a "do what you can" mentality. In other words, establish a list of priorities and do your best to meet your obligations; understanding that you are only one person. You can only accomplish so much in 24 hours.
On busy days, all of our thoughts tend to float around in our heads. A to-do-list can help you to establish mental clarity.
1. Try writing a few things down in order of priority.
2. Make realistic decisions about what you are capable of completing in one day and what will have to wait for another day.
3. There is no S on your chest. Just do what you can. Even if you don't get around to any of the tasks on your to-do-list, at least you would have achieved some level of mental clarity by simply writing your thoughts down.
3. Ensure a Balanced and Nutritional Diet
Your body is a temple. This may be one of the biggest cliché's around but its truth resonates.
Food is meant to be fuel for our systems. However, the wrong foods tend to have the opposite affect on your body and mind alike. Where a balanced meal can ensure feelings of rejuvenation, energy and mental clarity; a bad diet may lead to poor overall physical and mental health.
Try to adopt a balanced diet, filled with nutrients that will contribute to a more energized you. As everyone's bodies are different, the food that we need can widely vary. If you are unsure about what foods may help to boost your energy and improve your mental state, consider talking to your doctor/dietitian. A professional opinion may help to get you back on track towards optimal health.
4. Celebrate Small Wins
We often tend to focus so intently on what we want to accomplish, that we forget to acknowledge the small wins.
If you ask any successful person, they will most likely tell you that they did not arrive to their destination overnight.
Remember the days that you were hoping and praying for what you have right now? I sure do!
Believe me, I am not one to judge. I, too, am guilty of not living in the present. The problem is, when we focus on our short comings we become consumed by negative energy. This energy can sometimes cause us to become stuck in a cycle of insecurity and disappointment.
Celebrating small wins is a way to break that cycle and shift your perspective towards the positive. A cup half full, if I may. For example: if you planned to save $1000 during a six month period but you were only able to save $500, that is still $500 more than you would have had if you saved nothing at all. Try to practice creating this positive shift in your perspective. It is ok celebrate the five hundreds in your life. With faith, hard work and patience... the thousands will come.
5. Practice Self-Love
I have saved the very best for last! Possibly the most important of all is loving yourself first.
As individuals, we can be our worst self-critics. The harsh truth is: we just don't love ourselves enough. From a young age, we are taught that it is not ok to be selfish. As a result, we grow with the misconception that selfishness is inherently wrong. The word itself is probably linked to negative connotations in the mind of those reading this right now. Try to stick with me for a while on this, as I am about to make some bold statements that some of you may need to hear.
It is OK to be selfish! Don't get me wrong though. It is not ok if your happiness comes at the expense of others or if your behavior causes physical or mental harm to those around you. When I speak of selfishness, I speak of a necessary level of care and compassion for self which contributes to your own well being. The food for the soul which is essentially you.
When your energy is completely depleted, it may be a sign that you are spreading yourself too thin. In these instances, we may find ourselves wondering why we can't keep up with the demands of life, when others can. Ha! Unhappiness is deeply rooted in comparison.
We must learn to be kind to ourselves. The value of self-love is self-proclaimed, self-motivated and perceived and controlled by self. Self-love becomes most powerful when paired with an understanding of just how worthy you are. It is an innate love, given to you at birth. A love that no one can give or take away from you.
When you love yourself, people can walk into your life with all that they have and leave with only what they came with. Read that again and let it resonate...
Self-love is the beginning and the love for others is an extension of that infinite love which we should have for ourselves. Self-love is allowing yourself to rest when you are tired, run when you can, sit when you need to and pray when you can't even stand anymore. You tap yourself on the shoulder for simply existing, understanding that you have been created with a divine purpose. You are important, valued, powerful and you are a necessary part of this world. Self-love is understanding and accepting this, even on the worst days.
Remember that resting is not failure. Be kind to yourself and love yourself enough to give yourself rest when you need it. Your come back will resemble thunder in the night sky.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Del’amore
Del’amore (author) from The Netherlands on November 01, 2020:
Thank you for your kind words, Rick. You have always been so supportive. You are very much appreciated! :)
Rick on November 01, 2020:
You're a star. Always have been, always will be. It's as simple as that.
Del’amore (author) from The Netherlands on October 07, 2020:
Thanks for your feedback, Helna. I am so glad that you enjoyed the read. Have a blessed week further.
Helna on October 07, 2020:
Very useful tips to keep us motivated. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.