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Lacking Motivation?

It’s the beginning of the week again. Here we are, faced with yet another Monday. It’s not the worst day in the world for most of us today. We are able to see another week, we have another chance to start over; some people had plans for today, but they didn’t make it this far. So let’s try to be grateful for this Monday. Now while I know that being grateful is the easy part, what do we do about the days where we just don’t have the motivation to do anything except wake up and be grateful and go back to sleep? How do we deal with a lack of motivation?

It happens to everyone; some days you wake up and you just don’t feel like it. There’s a lot of things that can lead to a lack of motivation. Stress, diet, exhaustion, illness, lack of inspiration and an array of other things can cause us to simply not want to do whatever needs to be done. The good news is, nobody expects you to be pep squad captain everyday. There are ways to get past a lack of motivation. These are a couple of the steps I take when I’m feeling undermotivated.

Firstly, it’s important to try to identify what’s causing you to not be motivated. Most recently for me, I have been SUPER exhausted. Most days I wake up and it feels like i haven’t slept more than 20 minutes. As frustrating as it can be, I know that I’ve been unmotivated because I haven’t been resting well. That’s where the second step comes in.

After identifying what’s making you feel like you do, try to make a plan to tackle it. It’s hard to get anything done without the proper motivation and it’s not always easy to jumpstart that motivation. Find something that will combat the cause. So for example, if you’re feeling exhausted, try to take a lighter workload for a couple days or drink some tea before bed to help you sleep through the night and feel refreshed in the morning.

The last bit of advice I have is to take care of yourself. Make sure that you’re not putting too much pressure on yourself. Take time to reflect and relax. You can’t perform well if you aren’t at your best. Take care of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

It happens to all of us, but it’s important to know when to fight through it and when to give yourself a break. This week, let’s focus on getting back our motivation. Do some yoga, eat your favorite food, whatever works for you. Have a happy, safe, and warm Monday. We can do this again next week!

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Take Care of Yourself

I’m going to just be painfully honest, I have been out of it lately. I’m not entirely sure what it is, but I have definitely not been feeling like myself. While I may be the only one going through it right now, I know we can all get a case of the winter blues. The good news though, it doesn’t last forever.

Mental health awareness is so important. Especially in the black community, mental health issues are often looked over or described as something else because most of us have been taught that it’s not a black issue. The truth is, everyone can be affected by mental health issues; including us black folk. As offsetting as it can be, it’s okay to not always be okay.

Recently I’ve been feeling like I can barely keep my head above water. I’m always busy, I always have something to do or somewhere to be, it feels like my life is going 100mph and I can’t keep up. This is a thing I go through sometimes, especially as a creative and an empath. I sometimes feel like I’m carrying the weight of the world. I know I’m not the only person feeling this way though. So I want to offer some advice that gets me through times like this.

Firstly, everyday is simply not the best day ever. It’s normal to have days that throw you off a bit. On days like that, take some extra time for yourself. Brush your hair, take a longer shower, eat your favorite food, read a book, go to sleep early; whatever makes you feel lighter.

Second, sometimes God puts us in uncomfortable places in order to prepare us for our next destination. Remember that just because it may be new or uncomfortable doesn’t mean it’s necessarily bad; keep an open mind to things. I know how hard it can be to stay open to everything, and I know so many of us are set on “that isn’t for me.” Thats okay, but try it out just in case your opinion has changed; stay positive about newness for as long as you can.

Finally and most importantly, be honest with yourself. If you need help, it’s okay to go get some. There are all kinds of people you can talk to and things you can do to deal with mental health issues. I have a therapist but, I know some people that have a trainer and they workout to get through their rough patches. Whatever works for you, be proactive about your mental health. You can’t be the best version of yourself on the outside unless you handle what’s going on inside of yourself.

It’s okay to not be okay. It happens to all of us at least sometimes. Things can often get to be too much. The key is to take care of yourself, protect your peace, and keep your boundaries. It’s so easy to get caught up and bogged down by the ways of the world, and that’s why it’s so important to make sure that you’re putting yourself first. You can’t pour from an empty cup so let’s make sure we’re doing our best to keep our cups filled and filled with the right things.

Let’s make this a good week. Confront whatever it is bothering you and keep putting yourself first. Take care of yourselves, and remember, if you can’t fix it on your own, it’s okay to get some help. We all need help from time to time. I hope this is the reminder that you needed to get your week started off right. Be safe, be blessed, be healthy and as always, have a happy Monday!