So often I experience moments (days even) of not being in the mood to be productive or participate in society as a fully functioning adult.
I’m sure you can relate to just not being in the mood and not feeling life.
Today I want to tackle how to motivate yourself when you’re just “not feeling it.”
First I want to give you permission to be honest and respect yourself.
Don’t pretend to be “ok” or lie when someone asks how you’re feeling.
Own your emotions and don’t feel the need to explain yourself to others.
As someone who has battled with depression, I know how easy it can be to put on a mask and try to push through. You don’t owe that to anyone. Honor yourself first.
So, here are 3 ways to motivate yourself – when you’re just not feeling it.
1. Take a break (with a time limit)
This is probably my favorite way to motivate myself which is why it’s number 1.
I love taking breaks to binge watch Netflix or to stare at the ceiling.
If it works for you, do it.
The key to taking a break is to DO WHAT FEELS RIGHT (within reason, of course) and to SET A TIME LIMIT.
By setting a time limit you are creating a boundary for yourself to not spiral out of control and watch Netflix for a week without bathing.
Instead, you are acknowledging your feelings, recognizing you need a Kit-Kat break with the full understanding that you still have things to do.
I recommend giving yourself a full day to just let loose but if you have more or less time just set the intention that you will be taking a break for ____ length of time.
2. Read a book or listen to a podcast/music
If you need a quick pick me up and motivation: reading, podcasts, and music is the way to go.
Listening to podcasts and music can be done while driving to wherever you’re going and put you in a positive frame of mind.
Find podcasts that encourage you or educate you.
Listen to trap music that makes you wanna twerk and gets your blood moving!
Reading takes a bit more stillness but can be equally (if not more) motivating.
And reading the Bible is always a great option if you need some motivation or encouragement.
3. Go outside and be with nature
Last but certainly not least. Sometime you just need to connect and allow your mind to wander and see life from a different perspective.
My favorite outdoor setting is the beach but because I don’t live near one lakes or forests/trails will do the trick.
Change your scenery and be out in nature where you can truly appreciate beauty and life. I always find inspiration and feel motivated to do whatever it is I’m inspired to do after spending some time outside.
If you work from home or at a desk a lot try to make sure you go on a walk (bring some music or a podcast) and enjoy the natural view.
Hope this could help you! Let me know in the comments what you do to motivate yourself when you’re just not feeling it!