We all experience those days and weeks when we just want to quit. Your motivation disappears, you wonder why you even bother. Life is spiraling out of control and you wish you could just disappear into a cave and cry until it all goes away.
Unfortunately, the cave is not an option, but there are a few things you can do to help you get your motivation back.
When you just want to quit do these first!
Step 1: Take a Break
Whatever it is that has got you drained and overwhelmed, take a break. Taking a break may mean getting that nap you so desperately need or it may be simply doing something else you enjoy doing and never get to do. What is the best thing to get your mind off what you are stressed over? Go do that even if it’s only for 15min.
Step 2: Enjoy the Small Things
In the overwhelm of our daily lives, we forget to “stop and smell the roses”. We get so caught up in our to do lists and the exhaustion that follows that we neglect to appreciate the small everyday blessing right before our eyes.
Start a thankfulness journal. Thankfulness is the best way to cultivate contentment and satisfaction in your heart. Every day write down at least three things you are thankful for that day. Get outside and notice the beauty around you. Maybe it’s just a single flower petal, a blade of grass, a cloud formation or the laughter of your child. Take the time to notice and appreciate these things. It will do wonders to lift the heaviness that surrounds your heart.
Step 3: Take a Baby Step:
Back to that mountain of overwhelm that got you down in the first place. Is it school planning or housework, relationships or you fill in the blank. It doesn’t matter what it is just take a baby step towards making it better. How do you determine what baby step to take? Break it up into bite sized doable tasks. Do one of those tasks. Taking a baby step will go a long way in helping you overcome the overwhelm that traps you in a state of demotivation. Choose another baby step and do that one tomorrow. Keep on keeping on, remember it was the slow and steady turtle who won the race, not the speedy rabbit!
Step 4: Do Something to Nourish Your Soul!
What calms you? What leaves you feeling nourished and refreshed in your spirit? Maybe some bible reading or alone time with no tech distractions. A prayer walk in God’s beautiful creation? Breathe deep and enjoy something nourishing and meditative.
Step 5: Get some sleep!
A very wise and respected man in my life once told me that sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap. This is so true!
Our culture is addicted to business. It’s simply not healthy. I guarantee that if you get a sufficient amount of sleep a lot of your motivation will come flooding back!
Remember our life is made up of seasons. If you are in the young children and toddler stage you are going to need more sleep! It’s ok! Don’t feel guilty or let others make you feel guilty for going to bed early or taking a nap.
Step 6: Take Care of Your Body.
Don’t add to the overwhelm and take this to an extreme, but I do encourage you to take a baby step in the right direction. Something as simple as adding more veggies and fruit to your diet every day. Perhaps a morning breakfast smoothie or an afternoon walk. Just pick one small thing and add it your daily routine. Make that one thing a doable habit by doing it daily for at least 28 days. Once you have established that as a habit you could add another healthy habit and so on. If you take care of your body you will notice your mood uplifted as well:)
Step 7: Read Something Encouraging
Read something that speaks to your heart and lifts you up. Don’t pick something that will make you feel sorry for yourself and your situation. I haven’t yet read Sarah Mackenzie’s Teaching From Rest, but it’s definitely on my wish list.
What books have you found encouraging when you are down and ready to quit? Let me know in the comments. You never know, it may be a real blessing to someone who is really struggling.
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