In a recent survey taken by the U.S. Census Bureau, about 48% of Americans said they were feeling depressed,
A global pandemic, the worst economic crisis in the last 100 years, a potential Constitutional crisis, and a divided nation can make anyone feel completely hopeless. Add to that the endless stream of information and animosity on the various social media networks.
It can be hard to turn those feelings around to something positive and get motivated. Read on to discover the top motivation techniques that you can use to turn your attitude around.
1. Be Grateful
We love to look at everything that’s wrong with our lives and the world and focus on those things. By focusing on the negative, you’re creating a perpetuating cycle of negativity.
One of the best ways to motivate yourself is to remember that a lot.is going right. You have to choose to see it. Take a step back and write down all of the things that make you smile in your life.
It can be anything from a beautiful sunset, a colorful flower, or a campy TV show on TV. Don’t forget to be grateful for the people in your life, even the strangers who smiled at you.
2. Get Back to Basics
It’s hard to be motivated when you feel like you don’t have a purpose. Going back to basics means creating your goals, discovering why you want to do them, and creating the plan to move towards them.
Running through this process will give you purpose and concrete actions to take each day. You’ll know what to do and why, which will boost your motivation.
You can read more here about finding your why and creating your plan.
3. Be Compassionate with Yourself
It’s all too easy to beat yourself up for not having motivation. It happens to everyone. You just have to know how to move through it with grace.
That starts by having compassion for yourself. It’s OK to feel down and overwhelmed. You need to take the time to put yourself first. Develop a self-care practice that includes things that you love, such as getting a massage.
4. Surround Yourself with Positive People
You may think that positive people are annoying, but they’re your ticket to an improved attitude. You are like a sponge and you will absorb whatever emotions you expose yourself to.
If you surround yourself with negative people, you’ll think more negative thoughts. Positive people will have the opposite effect.
5. Movement Matters
Physically moving your body has a physiological impact on your attitude. Get outside, go for a walk, and enjoy what’s in your immediate area.
Moving your body is a form of action, which will inspire you to take other actions. You’ll move closer to your goals.
Motivation Techniques That Work
Motivation can be hard to maintain. In today’s world, it can seem like there’s no point. These motivation techniques show you concrete steps that you can take to find positivity and motivation in a noisy world.
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