In a world filled with challenges and uncertainties, staying motivated can be an uphill battle. I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely had several days in the past few months where I’ve just wanted to lay low and not see anyone.
As we navigate through difficult times, compounded by global events and the approaching holiday season, it's not uncommon to find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and demotivated.
However, it can help to remember that maintaining motivation is positive for our wellbeing and personal growth. So let’s explore some practical tips to help us stay motivated and focused, even when the world around us seems so very uncertain.
Acknowledge the challenges
It's okay to admit that times are tough. Acknowledging the difficulties can be the first step toward finding solutions. Understand that you're not alone in facing challenges, and it's okay to seek support from others.
Set small, achievable goals
Break down your tasks into smaller, more manageable goals. Achieving these milestones provides a sense of accomplishment, boosting your motivation to tackle larger challenges.
Embrace activities that bring joy
With the weight of the world on our shoulders, it's crucial to engage in activities that bring joy and relaxation. Whether it's a hobby, exercise, or spending time with loved ones, these activities can serve as an emotional recharge.
Surround yourself with positivity
Seek out positive influences and surround yourself with supportive people. Share your thoughts and concerns with friends or family who can offer encouragement and perspective. I’m not talking about toxic positivity here, just a healthy dose. It’s important to allow the more difficult thoughts and emotions to come out as well.
Take necessary breaks
Understand the importance of rest. Taking breaks is not a sign of weakness; it's a strategy to maintain productivity and mental wellbeing. Step away from your tasks when needed and return with a fresh perspective. Like I said earlier, sometimes a day of laying low, reading, meditating, napping and not seeing anyone/as few people as possible can really help.
In challenging times, it's easy to focus on what's going wrong. Counteract this by practising gratitude. Take time each day to reflect on the things you're thankful for, no matter how small. I suggest writing a list before going to bed of 3 things you’re thankful for from that day, big or small.
Explore positive outlets
Engage in activities that promote positivity, such as meditation, mindfulness, or creative pursuits. These practices can help alleviate stress and contribute to a more optimistic mindset.
Seek professional support
If you find it challenging to stay motivated on your own, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Therapists, counsellors and coaches can provide valuable insights and strategies for navigating challenging circumstances.
As we approach the holidays and confront the ongoing challenges in the world, remember that your wellbeing is a priority. By incorporating these strategies into your daily routine, you can cultivate a mindset of resilience and motivation.
Embrace the support of those around you, celebrate your achievements, and take each day one step at a time.
Together, we can navigate through difficult times and emerge stronger on the other side.