4 Ways to Be More Motivated

4 Ways to Be More Motivated

Highs and lows are an inevitable part of life. Some days you feel like you can conquer the world, and others, you can only conquer your sofa and a Netflix series. Feeling down is not always a bad thing. After all, it's called 'down time' for a reason. If you regularly feel refreshed and regenerated, you are likely practicing successful self-care. But, if you experience constant exhaustion, like waking up to feel like going right back to bed, it might be time to explore your self-care regimen. Our counselors in Richmond, VA, offer these ways to recharge and be more motivated.

Use positive affirmations to rewire your brain

The first step toward increased motivation is to surround yourself with supportive, loving people. Your inner voice spends every moment with you. If it is not a source of love and support, it is hard to find the energy to battle depression and low motivation. Next, take some time to practice positive self-affirmations every day. Tell yourself things like, “I am worthy, strong, smart, loved, and I can do anything." Some people practice affirmations in the shower, and some do it during their morning commute. Finally, consider when and where you can take the time to tell yourself positive things like, "I care for myself, and I am blessed. I am awesome and lucky. I managed my budget successfully this month and am on my way to that vacation I am planning. Wow, I am so amazing."

Over time you will notice a change in your thought patterns as you practice affirmations. This is because you are actively rewiring the neural pathways in your brain, which, like physical activity, raises your levels of feel-good hormones. As you continue practicing positive self-talk, you will notice your motivation coming back as strong as ever. So, never take for granted being your number one fan.

Spend time with inspiring people

As you work to be a better friend to yourself, draw positivity from inspiring people in your life, too. Do your chores or take a walk while listening to an inspirational podcast, video, or audiobook. Make a lunch date with a friend who inspires you to be the best you can be. Surrounding yourself with inspiring people, learning how they achieve success, and challenging yourself to do better will help you grow toward becoming the best version of yourself.

Spend time in nature

Most people feel relaxed instantly after watching a Bob Ross video. Surprisingly, there is science behind being around all those happy little trees. Studies confirm that sitting in a forest or park, even for 15 minutes, restores you psychologically. A short walk can elevate positivity even more: A 90-minute walk changes your brain in ways that can prevent depression. Try working an outside stroll into your daily routine. Listen to inspirational music or enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Craving more of a connection with nature? Invite a friend for a hike or other outdoor adventure this weekend.

Change your morning routine

If you tend to feel more sluggish first thing in the morning, start encouraging yourself slowly. Taking your morning routine step by step can help you get motivated when you dread getting your day started. For example, if you want to make going to the gym a part of your morning schedule, focus on completing each step in your behavior chain one at a time. Instead of thinking, "Do I really need to go to the gym?" say, "I am going to get out of this bed!” “I am going to walk to the bathroom!” “I am going to brush my teeth!” It is much easier to say yes to individual actions. Then, once you are dressed and ready for the day, you might as well head on over to the gym!

Use these tips to become more motivated. If you need additional support, counselors in Richmond, VA, can help. Contact us today to learn how we can support your happiness and well-being.

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