Do you feel as though you've lost all motivation? Even if you've never felt depressed before, are you feeling tired, down, and unable to get out of bed in the morning?
Does daily life feel like a chore?
If so, it might be time to make some changes. It might seem impossible now, but if you take the right steps, you can feel motivated and excited about life again.
We know it's hard, so we've compiled a list of 6 tips for getting out of your slump. Keep reading to learn more.
1. Introspect: Is This Burnout?
When you're feeling like you no longer have motivation, try to introspect before you take action. Are you demotivated or are you experiencing burnout?
Burnout is getting more common as more and more people are overextending themselves. Between busy schedules and the stress of current events, it's normal for you to feel foggy, stressed out, and unwilling to keep trying.
You can't put a bandaid on burnout. While some of these tips will also help with burnout, it's best to try to find the root cause of the problem.
If you're experiencing burnout, try to determine whether or not you can remove the source. Are you able to switch jobs? Can you ask about different positions or roles within your job?
If you're taking classes, are you allowing yourself enough time to take care of all of your responsibilities, or are you trying to cram? If you're taking care of children, are you accepting help or trying to do everything alone?
You can also implement some self-care tips when you've lost all energy and motivation. Give yourself an at-home spa day with some bath bombs and a good book. Go out in nature and breathe some fresh air.
There's no way to avoid stress completely, but if you keep burning the candle at both ends, you'll never recover. When you've lost all drive and motivation, take care of yourself first.
2. Do Some Reading
There is plenty of reading material available if you prefer to read your way out of a slump.
First, motivational books are a dime a dozen. So many people write books about how they stay motivated, positive, and successful. While these are popular, make sure that you find the right one for you.
Many of these books are written with only money in mind, and others may make you feel jealous or inadequate. Always read reviews and try a sample chapter before you commit.
If you aren't willing to spend the money, try looking up motivational blogs or websites.
There are faith-based motivational blogs, blogs for students, blogs for parents, and more. All of these allow you to "connect" with someone with similar experiences.
If you love to read, consider adding some motivational content to your reading list. You can even use audiobooks while you're driving or doing work.
3. Make a Plan
You have to put in the footwork if you want to get motivated. It's time to make a plan with actionable parts. When something is actionable, it means that there's a clear path to how you can accomplish it.
For many people, physical plans are more motivating. Use planners and calendars (or apps) to start writing down the things that you aim to accomplish and the routes to those accomplishments.
When you finish something, no matter how small, check it off of the list.
Sometimes people use motivation journals alongside their planners. Write your goals in these journals and try to keep everything positive. Read over the journals every time you're feeling low to see if you've made any positive changes.
When you track positive changes and goals, you'll feel more motivated to continue aiming for the stars.
4. Start a New Hobby
If you're feeling like your life lacks meaning, why not try bringing something new into it? Get outside of your comfort zone.
It can be hard to start a new hobby alone, so this is a great time to take a class or join up with friends so you can hold each other accountable. Why not take a dance class or a cooking class? These things might feel scary, but that's all the more reason to try them.
When you try new things, you may feel more capable. That capability will help you when you've lost all motivation in life.
5. Talk to a Counselor
When you feel like you can't handle your issues alone, there's no shame in seeking out professional help. A good counselor may be the perfect person to help you get your life back on track.
Sometimes counselors are therapists that have specialties, like CBT or EMDR. If you don't feel as though you have an underlying mental health condition, though, you can use therapists for talk therapy.
During talk therapy, your counselor will offer you a listening ear so you have an unbiased party. They may or may not offer advice depending on your wishes.
6. Interact With Motivated People
If you've been self-isolating due to a lack of motivation, it's time to break out of that shell. Try pairing up with motivated friends, family members, and even new people to help get yourself back on track.
Motivated people uplift each other. They have the drive to succeed and their attitudes may uplift you.
If you don't know "real-life" people who are motivated, look online. There are plenty of forums that you can visit to find like-minded people.
Try These Tips When You've Lost All Motivation
When you've lost all motivation, you have to will yourself to move forward. There's a big wide world out there with so much to live for. What will your new motivation be?
Use one or all of these tips to take your next steps forward.
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