The clocks went back this weekend, which means two things: first, you’re probably running an hour late for every one of your appointments today (despite the weekend reminders from mum) and secondly, you’re lacking in the motivation department.
Now that the days are officially shorter, darker and also colder, these hash conditions can play havoc on your mood, so I’ve put together my top ten tips that I use to stay motivated – even when it feels like the world is against you!
Plan – Put something exciting in your calendar – whether it’s a trip or just a catch up with good friends, having something to look forward to can really help.
Spring Cleaning – when everything feels like it’s getting on top you, it can help to fix the simplest symptoms first; organising your home, one room at a time, can help you on your way to getting your motivation back on track. If you can, buy something new for your home so it’s not just the tedium of cleaning. For me, new bed linen is a luxurious treat and a sure fire way to pick up my mood is to see a freshly made bed when I come home!
Workout – besides releasing endorphines to balance your mood, exercise can improve your confidence and even better if you can keep to a routine so it doesn’t become another thing you need to think about. While it doesn’t pay to waste money on products you won’t use, a new pair of kicks can be all it takes to get me out the door on these cold mornings.
Prepare: try preparing the little things you know you’ll need the next day, the night before. Doing laundry or packing your lunch for the next day, promotes better organisation and reduces the anxiety of getting ready in a rush!
Switch off. We’re all endlessly checking our phones for updates and notifications, from Instagram, Facebook or Email, but all these disturbances keep us from engaging in our own realities and can cause anxiety. As much as I love my endless supply of apps, it’s important for me to switch off my phone at least an hour before going to bed so I can get a better night’s rest.
Rest. If you’re struggling to get out of bed in the morning, it might be just a case of not getting enough sleep. Try switching up your routine to allow yourself 8 hours of sleep per night and see if your mood improves.
Focus on the bigger picture. If you’re going through a particularly stressful period, try to think about your end game and your reward once it’s over. If there’s no light at the end of the tunnel? It might be time to rethink why you’re doing it in the first place.
Get out there. Don’t be antisocial – it can be all too easy to curl up at home and sometimes that’s exactly what you need, but other times you need to push yourself to meet up with friends for something easy, like dinner or a movie.
Close Netflix and pick up a book instead. Reading requires activity on your part, which is much better for the mind than simply watching the same screen you’ve been looking at all day. Check out a list like this if you don’t know where to start.
Restructure your to-do lists. Tackle straightforward tasks first. The affirmation you get from completing each task will build your momentum throughout the day.
Reassess your network – it’s important to include people in your life who have your best interests at heart and can be positive role models for what you want to achieve. Emulating their good habits can help you on your way!
Treat yourself. I travel a lot so making somewhere new feel like home can be tricky, but fresh flowers and scented candles can go a long way.
Do you have any life hacks to stay motivated? Let me know what works for you in the comments below!