It is sometimes a daily battle for me to get myself motivated and an even harder battle to stay motivated throughout the day. Especially when I was suffering from depression. Sometimes it would take me all day just to put some clothes on and the thought of doing the dishes felt like I had a big mountain to climb.
Despite my best efforts to get a prober amount of sleep, drink plenty of water, maintain a healthy diet, and exercise regularly. Sometimes ‘life’ just piles up and all I want to do is curl up in bed with a book and block out the world, but with 2 children, a house and a business to take care of that is just not possible.
Instead of grabbing my 10th cup of coffee of the day or eating a sugary snack I use these creative tips below to give myself the boost I need.
1. Brain Dump
If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘brain dump’, it is the process of writing down everything you have floating around in your head onto paper. Our brains can generate thousands of thoughts each day. And if unprocessed, the same thoughts can just flout around in circles until they are dealt with, building up day after day. This can make us feel tired, confused and stressed. (To learn more about ‘brain dumping’ click here)
If you have ever had a big list of things you need to do (and I am sure you have) but you don’t know where to start. This is because you are holding too much information in your head. Start by getting a piece of paper and writing down everything and anything you have flouting around in your head. This can be done in list form or some kind of mind map. Write everything down from ‘to do’ lists, shopping lists, to how you are feeling right now. Even the things you don’t think are important…write everything down.
Once you clear your mind, you will notice that your energy levels increase. The black fog of confusion will shift and processing what needs to be done will be easier. This is because your thoughts are not weighing you down.
I highly suggest you do this as often as you can. I have a ‘Brain Dump’ journal that I write in every morning to just get everything out my head as soon as I wake up. If you do not keep a journal and would like to learn more about the benefits of keeping one, I have a very informative journalling series in the works that I will be publishing later this year.
2. Get Some Fresh Air
There are many benefits fresh air can do for your overall health. Increasing your energy and mood levels is one of them. Getting fresh air clears your mind, improves your concentration and makes you feel happier and more alert.
I spend most of my time indoors as I work from home and I am a bit of a home bird. I love the comforts of my own home. Sometimes I have to force myself to leave the house and go for a 5 to 10 minute walk. Even if it is just to go to the shop. It instantly improves my energy and mood levels.
Being cooked up indoors is not good for your health. I know for some people that work in big offices or stay at home parents with small children, going for a walk just isn’t possible. I suggest you open the curtains wide and crack a window open. Let some fresh air flow through your house or office.
3. Chew Gum
Yes I was surprised by this too. Some research has shown that chewing gum, preferably peppermint gum increases your motivation, boosts your confidence, gives you more energy and makes you more alert. Crazy right.
I tried this and I was surprised by the outcome. I felt it helped me concentrate better on my work. However, there is some downsides to this tip because chewing gum all the time can cause health problems such as tooth decay and jaw muscle imbalance. And the artificial sweeteners can’t be good for you. I don’t suppose doing this once in a while will damage your health to much but if this is a big ‘no no’ for you….this takes me to my next tip.
4. Use Energizing Smells
Some scents can boost your energy levels up instantly. You could make yourself a lovely peppermint tea or cut yourself some fresh fruit while taking in the aroma. You could also use aroma therapy scents from candles or a diffuser. I have an aroma therapy diffuser and I love it.
Here are some examples of what certain smells can help with;
- Peppermint – the menthol scent opens up the sinuses passages allowing you to breathe easier. It relieves headache tensions and improves alertness
- Oranges – this scent helps reduce stress and is considered an energizing and calming scent. It allows you to focus better
- Lemons– another powerful aroma that energizes, uplifts and improves alertness. The lemon scent is said to help mental fatigue, exhaustion and nervousness
- Grapefruit – this is a very refreshing scent that is energizing and is said to compact stress and depression
Why don’t you give it ago, everything is worth a try. I personally love the orange smell.
5. Make Yourself a Smoothie
You can pack a smoothie full of natural goodness that will instantly improve your mood and energy levels. The freshness of the fruit will wake you up and make you feel more alert. They will fight the feeling of fatigue in-between meals and the natural sweeteners of the fruit take longer to metabolize then surgery snacks, so you will have an instant energy boost that will last.
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6. Blast the music
We all know that music can alter the way we feel. Music can help us mentally, physically and emotionally. Music can boost your energy, calm your nerves, make us cry and bring back good and bad memories. I suggest you make a play list of all your favourite songs that make you feel energized….and keep it handy for those moments of weaknesses when moving from the sofa feels like the last thing you want to do. Just blast that music and get up and dance.
The secret is to “just get moving”
“I like to blast the music when I do the housework and have a little dance with my hover”
7. Meditate – Focus your mind on energizing thoughts.
Meditation is not only for relaxing, it is a highly effective way to increase your energy levels. Our minds often self-creates problems, worry and anxiety. All this mismanaged stress makes us feel tired. Meditation neutralizes how you interact with stress, mentally and physically. Sometimes just taking 5-10 minutes of silent thought…without any distractions from our electronic devices, can give your brain time to process your thoughts clearly.
I suggest you keep a notebook or journal next to you when you meditate, so you can write down things that keep popping into your head. Once it’s on paper…move on. Keep going until your brain is free from clutter. It will take a big weight off your shoulders, honestly. I was sceptical about meditating when I first did it but it helped my anxiety and depression immensely.
If mediation is not your ‘thing’, you could always just try deep breathing techniques. By taking deep breaths and allowing air into your lungs, wakes your brain up and gets your blood bumping faster. It’s a very good tool to use for an instant energy boost.
8. Listen to a audio book
I love listening to audio books. I listen to them all the time. I like listening to motivational books when I feel tired and unproductive. They give me inspiration to get moving. I sometimes just stick my head phones in and get cracking with the housework, it kind of keeps me company while I work. I also like to listen to an audio book while I sit and craft. I am learning while being productive there is no better feeling.
If you want to give audio books a try you can get your first month free on kindle audio books. If after the month is up and you don’t feel like it is for you, you can then just cancel your account. Audio books aren’t for everyone but I suggest you give it a try and see how you feel about them.
Download a motivational audio book and give it a try. (Click Here to learn more about Kindle Audio Books)
9. Use a timer
I love doing this….challenging myself to see if I can do something faster than the last time. I sometimes set my alarm to see if I can get my whole house cleaned by a certain time. I always do. But you can set a timer for 5 minutes and see how much you can get done in that space of time.
On particularly bad days, I see how much I can get done during the adverts when watching TV…desperate times!
If it is studying or work that you need motivated to do, there is some brilliant apps about. One is called Pomodoro, I am actually using an app now to write this blog post (to learn more about Pomodoro click here).
Affirmations are great. They are simple and very effective. What we think automatically affects the way we feel. So if you’re telling yourself that you are tired and can’t be bothered to do such and such, then your unconscious mind will believe you. Affirmations is a conscious way to take control of your thoughts. By repeating them often it affects your subconscious mind, which influences your behaviour, habits and actions.
Here is an example of one;
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Get creative and make your own affirmation for those times in need. The more you practise affirmations the easier it will become. It doesn’t matter if you say them out loud or say them in your head, both ways are effective. But for an instant energy boost I suggest you write them, say them, shout them and sing them!
Laughter is the best medicine…as they say. Laughter is a powerful tool to use to lower stress levels and improve your mood. Laughing out loud triggers the release of your body’s natural feel-good chemicals called….Endorphins. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughing can shift your perspective in a more realistic, less threating light and can help you avoid overwhelm. Watch a funny YouTube video or an episode of your favourite funny TV show. Read a funny book or find a website with funny jokes on. Goof around with your children or pets.
Just do something silly. Fake it…Force a big smile on your face….even if you’re alone. You’re sure to laugh at yourself for sitting smiling away at nothing. Seriously, I do this too often, I may be a bit crazy!
Please take note that these are energy and mood boosting tips and not a long term cure for medical conditions. If you are always feeling tired and experiencing low moods, you should seek medical attention. Always remember to eat healthy and get the prober acquired amount of sleep and exercise, to maintain a healthy mind and body.
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