I regularly struggle to find motivation and feel energized.
It’s usually a daily struggle to get things checked off my to do list. I either just feel too tired or mentally do not want to tackle the task. Either way, it’s frustrating! The worst is winter time. Thankfully the weather has turned, the temperature is up, and the windows are open so I’m finding my stride again, slowly.
Taking time to realize where you are at mentally, emotionally, and physically can be really awakening. Pausing to identify your healthy and not so healthy behaviors and habits provides a starting point if you, like me, are trying to better your life.
- Continuously pushing tasks to a day or two later when I could do them that day.
- Complaining way too much for how easy my life is.
- Not exercising enough.
- Living in the past and not pushing myself into the future.
- Letting my anxiety get in the way of life.
- Not sticking to my routine sleep hours on the weekends (…and sometimes in the week)
- Need MORE water. And LESS binge watching Netflix/Amazon/Starz/EVERYTHING.
There’s lot’s more I could go on about but those are just the big ones for me.
- I eat pretty healthy. However, I want to start adding more variety. My meals are incredibly routine but that’s a different issue.
- I don’t drink a lot of caffeine except my black or earl grey in the am. (Occasional soy latte if I’m being honest!)
- I’m exceedingly organized with calendars and lists so at least I know what I should be doing.
- I’m inclined to do more than my comfort zone for others which leads to far more enjoyment but this has taken a lot of practice.
- I take A LOT of time for me. We’re talking 3-4 baths a week, face masks, foot rubs, yoga for relaxation, guided mediation for bedtime, fur baby cuddles galore, etc.
- I read a lot and am always exploring new topics and interests.
How do we get unstuck?
First is recognizing it and acknowledging the root(s) of it. For some that might be a genetic predisposition to depression or other mental health issues. Perhaps its your current job, finances, where you live, family, friends, not enough spontaneity. The list could go on..and on… Regardless of your list size the task is to tackle each root.
- Learn about yourself. (personality tests, meditation, walks, seeing a therapist are all great ways to start)
- Find your motivators, now that you know yourself 😉
- Address your physical environment. Create the space you feel good in.
- Make goals and steps to achieve them.
- Break a bad habit and start a good one.
- Push your comfort zone.
- Find your passion.
The reason I really wanted to talk about this topic is because it is such a struggle for me and I can’t be alone in this feeling. We have not created a society that makes it easy to talk about our weaknesses. If we can’t talk about our own pitfalls how will we address the serious world concerns and create positive change that outlasts us, and truly creates a better world? Plus it would be great to hear how those people that are super motivated and energized do it! A huge motivation of mine is the environment but with the current political state and worsening environmental issues it can be hard to be positive about the future. I need tried and true ways to be persistent in my motivation and to find my energy.
Just as a future note my health page will be a much broader range than just the green lifestyle because there’s more to life than being green and when I find ways to be my best then it will make my goals that much easier!