Struggling with Motivation? Take care of your body.

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Like me, you may have found yourself struggling with motivation lately. With most of us having to shelter in place, we may be finding it more and more difficult to motivate ourselves. It is difficult to get out of that warm bed and start your day. For those of us who work at home, it makes it even more challenging to motivate ourselves. I personally struggle with this; this article shares with you what I have done that works for me.

The most important thing is to believe in yourself that you have within you what it takes to get up and get the job done, whatever that might look like. It is perhaps equally important to have an accountability partner. An accountability partner is someone who will encourage you, and hold you accountable. You should choose an accountability partner that is as motivated as you or even more motivated. I will suggest you find someone who will help you get to where you are going and not someone to make excuses for you.

  1. Maintaining a routine – or starting a new routine – can really help. Personally, I get up in the morning, drink my water, brew my coffee, and then start my day. If I don’t feel motivated, I take some time to do some self-talk or I call my accountability partner. 
  2. Pay Attention to What You’re Eating. I try to avoid eating junk everyday. I center my meals around minimally processed foods that provide quality nutrition; whole foods like fruits, vegetables, home-cooked meals, whole grains, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates.  If it is available and affordable, organic food is even better.
  3. How are you spending your time? What are you spending your time doing? Are you watching hours of Hulu or Netflix every day? Are you spending too much time on the news? Instead of immersing yourself in the chatter of social media and television, try taking this opportunity to be still. This time of cocooning can be a time preparing for metamorphosis. Great plans are made in the silence when there is little distraction. Try meditation, reading, reflecting, or meditating.
  4. Write down your goals. What do you want to accomplish during this time? Is there something you have always wanted to do or something you used to love doing but have stopped doing? Now is your opportunity. Maybe you want to learn a new language or play a new instrument or start playing an instrument again. Or maybe you want to organize your closets or start writing a story or maybe you want to go back to gardening. Whatever your goal is, write it down and think about how you can get started.
  5. Keep moving. Take a bike ride, go for a run or walk; whatever your fitness level will allow. If you want to stay at home, there are free apps for workout from yoga to Latin dance classes as well as bodyweight exercises. Most home workout companies are offering free time-limited workouts that you can take advantage of.

We at Upstate Psychiatry believe that your health is too valuable to simply give up.

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