Are you feeling unmotivated lately? Trust me, you are not alone. It can be very tricky to feel excited or motivated about different areas of your life when there is so much going on around you.
It’s almost as if you fall in a weird cycle – you feel unmotivated, you then worry about feeling that way, you get stressed and don’t find a solution to this, so you just stay in the same place as where you started. Sounds familiar?
The good news is that there are several things that you can try when you are feeling like this to handle that stress and start getting back to normal.
Here are 5 things that you can try when you are feeling unmotivated.
1. Accept your feelings
The last thing you want to do is brush off how you are feeling and try to carry on as if nothing is happening.
Start by accepting that you are feeling unmotivated, and remind yourself that it’s perfectly normal to feel this way from time to time. Explore your emotions and thoughts around why you are experiencing this.
This will help you create a plan and ultimately a solution to this.
2. Give yourself 5 minutes to relax
Why 5 minutes? Feelings of overwhelming tend to be accompanied by the stress of not being able to move forward. Sometimes this causes just wanting to push through without a clear direction.
By giving yourself only 5 minutes to relax, you are setting a time that feels acceptable to gather your thoughts and get your mind off of what’s holding you back in the first place.
3. Talk to a friend or family member that supports you
Surrounding yourself with people who understand your journey and supports you no matter what is an essential part of success.
Whenever you are feeling unmotivated, take some time to talk to your loved ones. Not only will you be able to relax and take your mind off of what’s stressing you, but you can also get a new perspective on the matter.
4. Practice gratitude
It’s easy to only focus on everything that might be wrong in your life and around you, but a simple mindset shift can make a huge difference. Practicing gratitude is the perfect way to do this.
Close your eyes and think about all of the things that you are grateful for. Or better yet, write them down. It doesn’t have to be a long essay on the topic, just list 3 or 4 things that you hold dear to your heart.
Try to be as specific as possible. Even if it might seem like a small detail, such as your daily walk in the mornings or the time you get to spend with your partner watching Netflix, remember that everything counts in the big picture.
5. Remember why you started
Whenever you are feeling unmotivated, ask yourself why you started in the first place. Remember your passion and what drove you to start your business or setting that new personal goal.
Think back to that moment when you felt so excited about this new adventure, of what you wanted to accomplish and the reasons behind it. If you need to, write it down and hang it where you can see it when you need to.
We all feel unmotivated from time to time, it’s something that is perfectly normal. What’s important is to have a plan in place so that whenever those feelings start coming up, you know exactly what to do to overcome them.