The magic question…
Naturally, I was born a little more driven than the average bear. I was taught to work hard as a child and placed value in self achievement.
It takes the same energy to procrastinate that it does to put your head down and do the work. Did you know that?
It happens though, that naturally I’m not filled with an excessive amount of joy and drive for practicing good habits.
Let’s use an example of exercising because this is super common and happens to us all from time to time:
First, I check my schedule. Have I been super busy with work or personal obligations lately? Have I been running on exhaustion and wearing my body out? If yes- I take a day or two off.
Then, I check my nutrition. Have I been eating enough vitamins and minerals lately? There are a few meals I can 100% fall back on with all the micronutrients to make me feel full again.
Finally, I examine my sleep. Have I been getting enough?
If all of those things are doing fairly well and I cant pinpoint a reason for feeling this way, I get my feet moving before my brain talks me out of it!
When you’re feeling unmotivated, dedicate a small chunk of time to said activity. I follow this rule with writing, exercising, cleaning, and other mundane tasks.
Forcing too much time and energy on an activity when you dont feel motivated to do it can ruin your relationship with the activity or hobby and take alonnnng time to get back to a healthy place.
Also, like everything else, I tie an intention to every activity.
When you’re truly in touch with your intuition, you’ll know when it’s time to call it a rest day. It’s most important to know when to push yourself out of your comfort zone (more often than not) and know when to be gentle with yourself. I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum and have found the middle to be the hardest, yet the most rewarding. Getting to know yourself inside and out will help minimize fatigue, burn out, exhaustion, and all of the feelings in between.
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