Time to get real for a minute. Today I wanted to share that recently I’ve been feeling unmotivated. Workouts have happened but no motivation to blog, to learn, to move forward or do anything. My yogi friends tell me it’s because Mercury was in retrograde, and something definitely was ‘up’ because it seemed like whoever I talked to, they described a similar feeling, a funk. It’s what I can only describe as a feeling of wanting to hibernate. Unfortunately that’s not really possible in the modern World, so how do you get yourself out of a funk? Slowly increasing motivation, albeit little by little.
5 Tips for increasing motivation and getting out of a funk
Again being honest it took me a bit of a pity party, to dig out of my slump. Increasing motivation can be tough when all you want is to wallow. I’m kinda reminded of sadness from Inside Out (great movie if you haven’t seen it #disclosure affiliate link), the part where she just flops down on the floor and Joy has to drag her along by her leg. Ok it wasn’t that bad, but sure felt like it! However after a good pep talk from friends, some upbeat podcasts and some general self talk helped increasing motivation from the inside. It has to come from YOU! Here are my top tips for increasing motivation to get you out of a funk!
Winter blues can simply be a lack of vitamin D so get yourself out in some sunshine and see if a dose of natural vitamin D can perk you up. I know for some of you under 20 inches of snow that’s not really possible but just being outdoors can do wonders for your mood. Take a walk in the park, go build a snowman in the back yard, and just marvel at the wonder of nature. Failing that take a vitamin D supplement to see if you’re simply experiencing a deficiency and need a quick pick-me-up. I’ve been using my walks with Pixel as my outside time, and I’m happier now the days are getting a little longer too. Today it was a blissful 75° and I got some nice vitamin D walking in my tank and yoga pants.
If getting outside in nature isn’t an option then just move or meditate. Exercise is a great for improving your mood! Natural endorphins start to rush and before you know it the funk has lifted. It might be a temporary fix so repeat as needed. I find this to be my yoga time, where I get deep into yoga, philosophy and meditation. And of course meditation always helps to de-funk the brain. Sometimes the funk is simply us over thinking things, so getting the brain unfogged helps immensely! I’ve been using guided meditation on the “Insight Timer” app to pick me up. You don’t need an hour sitting cross legged, 5-10 minutes is all you need, repeat as needed!
Sometimes when we start to feel unmotivated it’s easy to fall into the comfort foods trap. However unless your comfort food is kale and carrots it’s probably not going to help. Usually our comfort foods are the ones that are high in fat and calories so instead realize that this is a craving. You probably aren’t hungry at all, you’re just trying to feed that comfort monster that wants you to sit down all day and watch endless reruns of Supernatural whilst eating chocolate covered pretzels (don’t buy these they are evilly addictive)! Sometimes you want to eat everything, sometimes you aren’t even hungry. During these times I find it better to eat smaller meals, and load up on the natural foods -> tons of fruits and veggies. Plus it’s flu/cold season but nature has a way of providing and look at all the citrus in season, loaded with Vitamin C! There is a reason for product being in season people! Seriously craving Kale too.
Funk breeds funk. Negativity breeds negativity. Are you surrounding yourself with negativity or positivity? Stop watching “Making of a murderer” and instead watch uplifting things. Puppies and cute animals videos always make me smile. Watch an inspirational TED talk. Better yet find an inspirational podcast and listen to it while walking out in nature getting your vitamin D. I’m serious, surround yourself with positive people, and experiences. There is a saying that you become the 5 people you spend the most time with. Think about those 5 people, are they negative Nancy’s or Positive Paula’s? Sometimes you have to cut people out of your life for a while to work on YOU!
I admit this is the one that helped me a lot recently. I’d heard it on a few podcasts I’d listened to and initially brushed it off as whacky new-age stuff. But you know what? It works! Side note: Earlier this year at the yoga Expo I had the chance to step up and teach a class. I didn’t because that little niggle of self-doubt crept in, and someone else volunteered. Regret #1 of 2016, but it’s a lesson I learned. Seize the opportunity. Don’t let self doubt talk you out of anything! My mantra is “You got this! You can do anything, because YOU are AMAZING!”. I admit initially I felt rather stupid saying this outloud to myself (heck even in my head!) but I instantly stood up taller, the second time I got a smile on my face, and the third time (because three is a charm) I felt confident, alert and alive. Like I was ready to take on the world. I started BELIEVING it! A personal mantra is apparently a powerful thing, I wish I’d used it sooner!
So those are my 5 top tips for digging yourself out from under a Winter funk, increasing motivation and finding that inner fire again.
What tricks or tips do you have? Leave me a comment below.