Hello! I’ve missed you!
I’ve been feeling pretty crappy lately. Not at all like myself. And its for a great reason– I’m pregnant! But this lack of motivation has been weighing heavily on my shoulders. With my first pregnancy I felt great. I felt better than I ever had before in my life. I think the combination of cutting back on caffeine, getting more sleep and taking better care of my body really did me some good. This time though, I have been extremely sick (morning sickness should be called all day sickness) I have also been super tired (having an extra preschooler to take care of has made a big difference in my energy levels). And while I am entering the 2nd trimester and praying that these “first trimester” symptoms will break and I will feel like myself again, they really haven’t showed much signs of relenting yet.
Before I got pregnant I had huge plans for my blog and a new podcast, but I have kind of let that fall to the way side until I feel better. I know I am not the only one who feels unmotivated. We all feel that way sometimes, right? And sometimes when you feel that way its important to look at why and to maybe give yourself a little break. Knowing when to push harder and when to back off is important. I used to be a balls to the wall all the time type of girl. Then I had my (first) son and I realized that some things had to take priority and sometimes I couldn’t do everything to 100%. When I started taking yoga that became even more apparent.
I guess the point is that sometimes we have seasons of motivation and sometimes, especially if there is a compelling reason, it is ok to ride those waves of motivation. But its also important to know when you need to kick yourself in the pants and push through.
Thats why these waves of motivation have been so hard for me. I want to push through so badly but I physically cannot. I get sick. So here is how I have been trying to make my way through and how you can pull yourself through when you are not feeling motivated:
- Stick to a schedule- I still go to the gym at the same time, do my work at the same time, just what I am doing is less intense. I listen to my body and make modifications/pull back when I need to.
- Do what you can- I used to be in the all or nothing camp. If I couldn’t do my full workout why bother at all? Now I know something is better than nothing and that if I can crank out a few reps even at a lower weight it is better that not doing anything at all.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself- Its easy to add salt to your wound and start that internal dialogue calling yourself lazy so that every second you are relaxing you are actually putting yourself in misery and completely taking away the relaxation. Why not give yourself permission to take a break. After some true (not guilt inducing) rest and relaxation you may surprise yourself with energy and motivation you never thought you had.
- Push yourself a little- Sometimes we really do need to force ourselves to snap out of our own laziness. It is a fine line to know when to push and when to pull back, but if you have spent a few days wallowing why not get in touch with a friend make plans or an appointment to do something. Sometimes having that accountability helps pull you out of a slump!
What kinds of things do you do to get and stay motivated? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments below.