We all have our ups and downs. It is easy to stay motivated when you feel on top of the world. But what happens when that inspiration starts to waiver? Here are some easy ways to get your mind refocused and get you back on the bath to health and happiness.
Review Your Why
Whether your goal is entrepreneurial, fitness-related, or financial, it is important to look back on why you set this goal in the first place. When you can feel inspiration starting to slip away, review your why, and imagine your life once you've achieved these goals. How will you feel? What will you do? Who will you spend your time with?
WRITE your WHY!
What!? You don't have your why written down!? Without a clear idea of what you want to accomplish and why it is important to you, it is easy to lose sight of what really matters when all of the small things start to add up. Write down why this goal is important to you and how your life will change once you accomplish it. Envision your perfect day and write it out. Keep this write-up somewhere safe, bug easily accessible so that you can review it when you begin feeling overwhelmed.
Drop in for a F.I.T. yoga class or two. Or five. Or fifty. The hour spent focusing on your breath and your body can help to bring clarity to your thoughts and you will leave feeling refreshed and invigorated. By stretching and sweating, the enhanced blood flow will improve brain function and memory, helping you to take on tasks which have been holding you back.
Float tanks are gaining in popularity with studios popping up everywhere. If you are not familiar with them, they are water tanks filled with over a thousand pounds of magnesium (Epsom salts), causing you to float and feel weightless in the tank. The relief on your joints and physical body is reason enough to give these a try, but because many of them also involve sensory deprivation (no sight, no sound), your thoughts are free to come and go.
Check in with your support system
You become the sum of the five people you spend the most time with, so choose wisely! Make sure that you surround yourself with positive and influential people who care about your well-being. When inspiration dips, reach out to your support system. Even a quick chat can help to reignite a spark that has been slowly fizzling out.
Start (and finish) a book
This is less about the content of the book, and more about the process of starting and finishing something. When motivation is low, it can feel daunting to have a lot of unfinished projects piling up. Find a book that you will enjoy reading; it can be inspirational, educational, or purely fictional. Take some time to yourself, read the book to completion, and then enjoy the great sense of accomplishment afterwards.
Life is all about attitude and perspective. W tend to get so caught up in our to-do lists and our own lives that we can lose sight of the value that we can add to the lives of others. Scrap your to-do list for an afternoon, and find an opportunity to volunteer in your community. You can meet the most influential, inspiring people in the most unsuspecting places.
Get up and get moving! Go for a run, a walk, a swim, a lift, a group exercise class, a hike... You get the idea. Exercise improves memory, problem-solving skills, enhances mood, and improves sleep. You will feel invigorated and in a better state of mind to tackle challenging tasks.
You never know who might inspire you! Now, I don't recommend calling up an old fling, per se, but I do recommend calling up an old friend, colleague, or class mate to reconnect. Take a genuine interest in them and their lives, take the opportunity to learn something new, and be open to be inspired.
The average person spends 444 minutes PER DAY looking at a screen (That's about 7 and a half hours, for those who don't want to do the math). That's over 7 hours with blue lit screens staring at us, constant stimulation via social media, e-mails, text messages, etc. Turn off the tv, the computer, the cell phone, and you might be amazed at what other opportunities present themselves.
Make your bed every day for two weeks
If you don't already, this is an excellent habit to get into. It is safe to say that the military does everything by design, and this goes for bed making as well. At the very least, consider it your first task of the day. Completing that first task puts you in the proper mindset to tackle the rest of the day's tasks. Plus, there's something to be said about coming home to a nicely made bed at the end of the day.