What to do when you feel unmotivated
Have you ever felt in a slump? Unmotivated, lazy, apathetic? It’s Friday and I’m reflecting on the week I’ve just had. Nothing has been bad about it, but I’ve felt really unmotivated to do anything. Sometimes not being motivated can simply come from simple lifestyle habits that need to change. So as I write this, I’m walking along the beach (nothing out of the ordinary) and chatting to the Lord about why I might be feeling this way. I wrote down some super practical things that came to mind and thought I would share them with you too!
I’m not sure about you, but this COVID season has been draining…in all areas of health, but particularly emotionally and mentally. Being stuck at home, social distancing and the stress of finances amongst many things have strongly affected so many people in this season, and it’s so important that we take care of ourselves and our health!
So if you’re feeling unmotivated, here are some things the Lord spoke to me about that might also help you out:
Being stuck at home, social distancing and the stress of finances amongst many things have strongly affected so many people in this season, and it’s so important that we take care of ourselves and our health!
Morning Routine is So Important!
My morning routine changes in different seasons (I get bored if I keep it the same for too long!). Though you might not have anything to do or anywhere to be, having a consistent wake-up time and great morning routine will ensure you start the day well and will help if you’re feeling unmotivated! I’ll write a separate post on my morning routine, but here is a quick rundown of what I do:
- Wake up with my smart alarm (from ‘Sleep Cycle’ app – wakes me up in a half-hour time period when my body is most awake).
- PAUSE. I take time to stop, reflect, pray and let God into my day.
- SPEAK IT. Our words carry so much power, so I take the time to speak out some affirmations about who I am and who God is to speak over myself and remind my brain!
- MOVE IT. I take a couple of minutes to do some morning exercise – stretch/crunches/pushups/squats – anything to get the body up and moving.
- READ IT. I take a couple of minutes to read the Bible and have my morning devotion time.
- WRITE IT. I write out a verse or two that spoke to me in my Bible reading time, and I also write out at least 5 things I’m thankful for.
- Then I will go down to the beach with my coffee and spend time with Jesus, come back, have my brekky and get ready for the day.
Drink More Water!
Drinking enough water is one thing I am trying to be better at! I drink a lot of coffee throughout the day and not nearly enough water! However, drinking water, as I’m sure you’re all aware, is incredibly important for your overall health and will prevent:
- Tiredness or fatigue
- Reduced motivation
- Impaired memory
My aim is to make sure I have a glass of water as soon as I get up, and keep my drink bottle with me throughout the day so I’m reminded to drink enough water.
Eat a Great Breakfast / Healthy Food
Breakfast, as they say, is the most important meal of the day. I’ve been slack this week, but usually, I would eat Overnight Oats, Homemade Granola or Porridge – all of which are filled with nutritional value and give me energy for the day. If I’m heading out to work or college I will have a healthy lunch packed (salad or leftover dinner + lots of yummy fruit), but when I stay at home I sometimes forget to eat healthily!
My top tip here is to keep a consistent routine and make sure you always have good food in the house, especially for your days at home!
Some Other Top Tips
- Clean your room
- Let in fresh air
- Light a candle
- Put on your fav music
- Make a smoothie
- Jump in the ocean
- Organise your week – make some lovely lists
- Change your bedsheets
- Go for a run
- Celebrate your week – here’s how I do it
I hope some of these tips help!