5 April 2022

Is your motivation MIA?


Where are your motivation levels at?  Has your ‘get up and go’ got up and left?  Are you MIA?

Its easy to pay lip service and talk about how stressful the past couple of years have been on individuals and businesses, its not so easy to fully acknowledge and understand the emotional
exhaustion that has sat alongside it for a great number of us. Nor is it so easy to ackowledge the significant impact of emotional exhaustion on an individuals motivation levels.  While the
triggers for emotional exhaustion is very personal and individual thing  (generally what may be very stressful for one person may be workable for someone else), there are lifestyle changes
that you can make to help yourself get your motivation back on track.

If you feel that your motivation is missing in (in)action, consider the following list of suggestions:

  1. Go easy on yourself – stop trying to multitask! According to Very Well Mind (https://www.verywellmind.com/multitasking-2795003) multitasking can hamper your productivity by reducing your comprehension, attention, and overall performance
  2. Take one step at a time – Mum always used to say ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and dammit she was right. Make your steps small but meaningful
  3. Have a plan / strategy for life – don’t aim for excellent or even good – aim for better instead
  4. Give habit stacking a go – (https://jamesclear.com/habit-stacking ) to help build your motivation levels and increase the effectiveness of lifestyle changes
  5. Try and eliminate the stressors (not always easy!)
  6. Eat healthy to help improve your digestion and sleep – a healthy balanced diet can also boost a person’s mood and provide them with more energy and motivation
  7. Exercise – even a regular time out for a 30 minute walk will help raise endorphins and serotonin levels which helps to improve your emotional state and motivation levels
  8. Limit alcohol – I know, right?! But although you may feel a boost from drinking alcohol, it is only temporary and can leave you worse off than before (plus it interferes with sleep – uggh)
  9. Sleep! Really important to get enough sleep.  Develop a routine that sees you in bed at around the same time every night and aim for 7 – 8 hours
  10. Mindfulness – the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment via mediation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, journalling, walking
  11. Connect with others – talking to a non-judgmental friend who is a great listener is a good way to help relieve stress
  12. Take a break! A vacation, a day off in nature or go read a book
  13. Talk to a professional – sometimes it’s important to reach out to a professional to help guide you and / or provide some tools to help work through stressful periods

If you are looking for support to help develop some self motivation tools and get your motivation back on track or just need a sounding board – give me a call.