We all have those days, weeks, or even months when motivation is low, and you don’t feel inspired to do anything. We get into a funk and feel stuck. This happens to me more often that I’d like to admit. Often enough to recognize it’s happening before it goes on for too long.
Inspiration seems to come and go. I’ve noticed that when you are open and receptive to receiving inspiration, it flows more freely. When you’re closed off and, in a funk, inspiration is hard to come by.
What I’ve learned is that I get into funks when I’m staying too still every day. Little movement is bad for me. Funks happen when I’m not taking care of every aspect of my life. It doesn’t really seem matter what part is being neglected. Relationships, health & fitness, career, personal development, physical environment- lack of nurturing in any of these areas can throw me off. Funks happen when I’m not dreaming- I’m simply doing tasks with no feeling of how it’s pushing me forward.
There are few things that help me transition back to being inspired again. Maybe they will work for you too.
- Make lists. Write out your goals or little things you want to accomplish.
- Clean your space. I like to carve out a few hours every week to re-organize and get my desk and apartment back in good shape.
- Read books or listen to audiobooks. Reading or listening to other people’s stories is so inspiring. I always walk away with a different outlook.
- Get outside. Take a walk, a drive, or just get out of the place you are spending the majority of your time.
- Meet people. Go to a coffee shop or a networking event. I feel like pushing myself to talk to people I don’t know and hear even a small piece of their story always leaves me feeling more motivated.
- Avoid what doesn’t matter. Odds are, if you’re in a funk then you’re thinking or worried about crap that just doesn’t matter.
- Take time to do something you love. It doesn’t need to be anything major.. sit in a bath, check out a local museum, or cook your favorite dish. Anything you enjoy can all help shift your mindset.
I feel as if these activities don’t only help you get out of a funk, but also help to avoid going into them completely. I think it has a lot to do with life balance- which is tricky. We are all busy and have commitments that can put you into a funk before you know it.
It’s okay to have an off-day or even an off-week. It happens! It’s the chronic lack of motivation and the negative feelings that go along with it that is the problem.
While being in a funk is never fun, coming out of it always feels so good. I love being flooded with positive motivation for growth. Do you have other tips for getting your motivation back? Comment below =)
“Life’s too short to fall into a rut. You are in charge of you- treat yourself well, and it’ll show up” – Jessica Stoup
Thanks for Reading,