Sunday 10 July 2016

How To Motivate An Unmotivated Mind

I've been feeling really motivated over the last month or so, but as I was giving myself a bit of a pep-talk, I wondered if you guys may find this useful too. 

I get a lot of feedback that you find my chatty blogs inspiring or motivational in some way, and that's such a great thing for me for so many reasons. I'm so glad that what motivates me, or gives me the much needed kick up the ass, translates through the compute screen and resonates with you guys. So for anyone in need of a little 'mph', I'm hoping this one does the same.

As I say, I've been on a real high the last month and a bit, but this last week in particular I've felt a bit lethargic and it's had an effect on my mood. Between you and I, I think that has something to do with quitting sugar cold turkey, doing really well and then gorging on birthday cake and chocolate for days, hence the mood swings, fatigue etc...but anyway, cutting out the sugar has started again (as of today) but I have been giving myself a bit of a pep talk in order to achieve the things I've put my mind too, as however much you want to do something, sometimes you do need that extra bit of a motivational push to lift your spirits.  I should state now that this post isn't food / fitness related at all, it's just about general motivation for life, personal goals etc, so if you have any comments or tricks that work for you too, I'd love to hear them. 

1. Get out your own way and do something different at least once a week
May seem weird, but if you actually do something you have either talked yourself out of doing previously, or face it reluctantly for someone else, you may actually surprise yourself at how good it makes you feel once you're done. I'm my own worst enemy when it comes to talking myself out of stuff and I know just what to say to myself, convincing myself its for the best, or to try another day. But if you do something that gets you out your own way, there is a really great sense of 'I'm glad I did that', that comes after it and it does lift your spirits somewhat. This thing doesn't have to be related to your goals at all either, it's just a great way of getting a sense of achievement and you may surprise yourself by discovering you actually liked it! 

2. Set yourself a goal of '3'
'3' things you want to achieve that day, whether it's personal or professional, and make sure you do them. Even if you're in a really crap situation and one is getting out of bed and brushing your teeth, it doesn't matter how big or small they are, the only caveat is that you need to decide on what they are before you do anything, you can't retrofit them back into your day, that's a cheat! Three things everyday and it's surprising how much you feel like you achieve, and that feeling is everything when it comes to considering motivation. 

3. Get physical
Whether that's with a partner, with the gym or round the house, do something that gets you up, moving and feeling good (no I'm not comparing the passion of sex to productivity of housework, but sometimes you just have to work with what you've got!). Don't just stay on your backside all day. 

4. Breathe in fresh air
Preferably I mean get outside, but even if its pouring down like it is in the UK at the moment (thanks British summer time!), open the windows, get some fresh air in, or stick your head out. Fresh air is such a delicious thing, its such a great way to rid the proverbial cobwebs and feel positive. 

5. Eat healthy foods
This isn't me banging on about one type of diet or another, this is just me stating the obvious that when you eat and drink well, you feel better for it, and when you eat crap, you feel like crap (duh!). So swap the sweets for a salad (note to self!) and feel light and positive rather than riding the emotional highs and lows of the sugar rollercoaster. 

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