Recently I have felt kind of unmotivated.. I don’t know if I have mentioned this on my blog yet, but I have felt kind of uninspired and a bit stuck. I think most people will know how this feels, and it can be hard to get out of this when it hits.
It is natural to feel tired, to feel down, to feel unmotivated and to feel uninspired. I have to keep reminding myself that it is impossible to stay on a ‘high’ the whole time. Just like nature, our life has seasons that we must honour, and that means that sometimes life is going to be a little bit slower, but this is ok. In fact it is needed.
It may be needed but sometimes it isn’t. The key is to be able to learn to understand when you need to push through these feelings and when you just need to allow them to happen. This can be difficult but with practice you will know.
Sometimes you may wait patiently for it to pass. You may go deeply into your feelings and honour them, allowing everything to surface and happen as it is. This is what I have been doing: sitting waiting for my motivation to return however I have realised that maybe that is not going to happen.. I have felt this for long enough now and I know that it is time to start taking action..
So what to do when you don’t want to do anything?
Firstly you could do nothing. If that is how you feel, then maybe what you need is to go deeply into that and have time to do nothing until naturally you will feel ready to do lots again. This is about balance. Bringing some ease into your life, in yoga we call this sukha.
But what if you don’t want to just do nothing, or what if you have been doing nothing for ages and still don’t seem to be able to break free of that mood? Then I would recommend taking action. As I have said in previous blog posts: Mood follows action.
Take action by doing what you are waiting to have motivation for. For example if you are waiting to feel inspired to go for a run, then just do it. Start running and then your motivation will follow, but do it first.
I have spent the last couple of weeks waiting for motivation to write my book. I only have one chapter left and I have felt a lot of resistance to writing this chapter, I don’t know why. I have been waiting for inspiration to come to me and waiting to get into that flow, but I have found that when I wait it is never happening. Getting back into it and taking action first is the way that I have found the motivation and inspiration.
Motivation needs momentum. But you have to get that momentum going first. Take baby steps and do things everyday, building up the momentum until you are where you want to be and it is effortless to find the motivation you are seeking.
I have learnt that the way I find motivation is by starting my day off as I wish to go on… When I start my day off straight away with ticking something off my to-do list then it puts me in such a positive place for the rest of the day. I am able to do everything that I want to do because my day started off right.
Another great thing to do when you don’t want to do anything is exercise. Whatever exercise you choose, remember that it is better than none. A walk or a swim or yoga is all going to have a positive influence on your mindset and mood. You are going to feel more awake and probably find inspiration when you are moving your body. I find that getting fresh air always helps me feel motivated to do lots and get me out of a mood if I am feeling stuck.
Something I have also done recently is to write a to-do list. I used to write lists the whole time, but as I became more and more into yoga I started giving up my lists. I didn’t want to live by lists and have my whole life organised, I just wanted to live in the present moment and do whatever I felt called to do. This is great and works well for a lot of people, but I have realised that it doesn’t work well for me. I need a list of things that I want to do, otherwise I don’t know where to start, and I waste a lot of time trying to decide what to do.. Does anyone else feel like this as well? By having a list I am able just to look at it and choose something to do which helps me when I am maybe a bit more tired and unmotivated to do anything.
Something else I would add to this is really get to know yourself. Find out what type of person you are, do you need someone else to hold you accountable to things? In which case getting a friend on board will help you when you feel like you don’t want to do anything. Or are you someone who needs a complete day of rest so that they can be productive the rest of the week? In which case take a day of rest! By getting to know yourself you can know exactly what you need in each moment and what is going to help you feel your best and most inspired.
I want to finish this post by saying that it is ok not to want to do anything. Our lives are so filled already that there can be pressure to be busy the whole time, we can find our self worth in being busy. This is something I am working on letting go of, and slowly I am finding balance in my life.
So find your own balance and find what works best for you, because it is going to be different for all of us. To live your life to its fullest potential everyday you are going to have to find balance.
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