I’ve been in a major funk lately. I don’t know if it’s just post-holiday blues, or what, but my motivation has been at an all time low, and nothing seems to feel like it fits anymore. I keep thinking, it’s a new year, why don’t I feel refreshed and energized? Why don’t I feel like I can conquer the world? I don’t know. My only explanation is, I’m human, and sometimes us humans just hit rough patches.
If I’m being completely honest, I’ve spent 90% of this month snoozing my alarm about 500+ times every morning, dragging myself through each day, and making excuses for why I couldn’t do the things I really needed (and even wanted) to do. When your feeling this way, it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut. It’s so easy to just continue down this monotonous road and not make any changes. And, it’s so easy to develop unhealthy habits because of it. That is, if you don’t make a conscious effort to pull yourself out of it. I know, I know, easier said than done, but SO important.
The past few weeks I’ve been working really hard on myself and while I’m still not feeling 100%, I feel SO much better than I did. As I continue to focus on my mental health, I wanted to share some of the things that have really made a difference, in case anyone else is feeling this funk.
1. When Things Aren’t Adding Up, Start Subtracting
Now, this is something you’ve probably seen all over the quotes section of Pinterest, against a pastel background, scrolled in a pretty, curly font, but guess what? It’s true and it’s a hard pill to swallow. I’m someone who struggles with change. I tend to keep things the way they are, simply because I don’t like the idea of having to readjust. This is something I’m actively working on but as you can imagine, removing things from my life that I’ve grown accustomed to is challenging for me. I won’t go into exactly what those things are just yet (perhaps I’ll leave that for a future post), but the second I allowed myself to admit that certain things had to go, it was like a weight had been lifted. I know it’s hard, but I challenge you to identify the things in your life that no longer serve you, and start subtracting.
2. Write it All Down
This is another thing that I can’t stress enough: the power of lists. I am SUCH a list maker, mainly because they make me feel accomplished. When I know there are things I need to get done, I pull out a piece of paper (or at the very least, pull up the notes app on my phone) and start jotting them down. I make to-do lists on a daily basis, I jot down blog post inspo as it comes to me, I plan out dinners for the week, I even write down catchy instagram captions when they pop into my head. Every list I make is an intention—intention to buy, intention to write, intention to do. Intentions make me feel inspired and energized. What I’m trying to say is, when something meaningful pops into your head, write. It. down, and of course, try to make good use of it.
3. Make Time for the Things You Want to Do
This one is kind of obvious, and your probably thinking, okay yeah, easier said than done. I get it, life gets busy but imagine how good you’ll feel if you just make a little time? I think we can all spare an hour a week to just remove ourselves from the “need to do’s” and focus a little on the “want to do’s”, we’re just not trying very hard. Read a book, get lunch with a friend, enjoy a glass of wine while you catch up on trashy tv, experiment with a new recipe, bake a freaking cake—whatever it is that makes you feel happy, do that for at least an hour a week (ideally more). If you have to literally pencil it into your schedule, do that too. We get so caught up in the idea of a routine only consisting of all of the things we need to do, but what if we also included the things we want to do and still called it a routine?
4. Focus on Self-Care
This is a big one for me, mostly because I often neglect it. I have to actually remind myself of this one and physically pencil it into my schedule each week so that I actually do it—there I go being human again. Self-care is important. Give yourself an at-home facial while you whip up dinner, go for a pedicure (or give yourself one at home), throw on that outfit that makes you feel sexy and confident for your dinner date with friends—if it makes you feel good physically, mentally, emotionally, whatever, make some time for it. It’s worth it.
5. Get Moving
Confession: I don’t like to exercise, but I feel damn good after I do. I have terrible self discipline when it comes to working out and I literally have to force myself to make time for it. That being said, the last few weeks I’ve been doing just that: forcing myself to make time for it and I’ve gotta say, I feel f***ing fabulous! I don’t do anything crazy, just hit our little home gym 2-3 times a week for a 30 minute run, or walk on incline, and a few ab workouts in front of the TV after dinner, but even just that little bit has made such a difference in how I feel about myself and my body. Whether you like it or not, or have time for it (or don’t), exercise makes you feel good—that’s literally science. Do it a little. Do it a lot. Do it however it fits into your life, but the point is, just do it (I should advertise for Nike, huh?).
These are all things I too, am still working on. There are weeks where I nail every single one, there are weeks where I hit just a few, and there are weeks where I totally miss the mark *sigh*. The point is, that I’m always consistently working on them and in the process, myself. For anyone else like me, who get in these little funks, I hope these tips find a home in your routine and if not, I hope this post is at least semi-entertaining. Also, What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t mention my deets? If you like what you see, everything is linked below!
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Thanks for reading, friends and I hope y’all have a fab rest of your week!
Got other tips that help elevate your mood and make you feel motivated? Comment below, I’d love to hear!