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6 Ways to Boost Motivation in Times of Stress

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We’ve all experienced the drop of motivation in times of stress. If you are anything like me, you’ve often found times that you find yourself on a roll of productivity when all of a sudden – you’ve hit a wall. 

Some of us call this burn out. Oftentimes, this is due to overworking ourselves, stressed by our environment or what’s going on in the world. As a result, it leaves us desperately in need of a pick me up!

Well, fear not! These moments usually don’t last too long and with the right guidance and self-care – you can have yourself back to feeling motivated and encouraged in no time! 

Here are some of my top tips on how to bounce back to feel motivated during times of stress.

Take a Social Media Detox

I am a huge believer in taking a step back and taking a moment to reflect. 

Oftentimes, we get overwhelmed with the world and our work. With social media surrounding us – it all seems like it’s in our face all the time. With all these different platforms – it can be easy to get lost and lose our focus on what’s important. 

Take some time to just step away. It doesn’t have to be long, but it should be long enough that you allow yourself to feel rejuvenated.

Keep calm and Self-Care On

While you’re taking your break from social media and whatever is keeping you stressed – take this moment to take care of yourself. Self-care is all about you and what your mind, body and soul needs. 

A great reason as to why you’re stressed is because you haven’t taken a moment to tend to your needs. 

Adapt Healthy Habits

Take this time to pick up some healthy habits. It’s important to make sure you can adapt healthy ideas to make sure your burn out is short and sweet. 

Some great habits to gain when looking for some stress relief could be: 

  • Listen to some inspirational podcasts 
  • Practice yoga and meditation
  • Listen to some uplifting music
  • Research some healthy foods 
  • Make a list of your most inspirational affirmations
  • Practice your self-care beauty routine (skincare routine, hair masks etc)

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Schedule Your Burnout

Change your burn out to something that you plan.

You heard me right – I said, schedule your burn outs.

Set aside time to make self-care and rejuvenation a part of your routine. It can be a couple days a month – it can be weekly. 

For example: Every week I give myself one day to do absolutely nothing. This means I don’t do anything that pertains to work. 

During these times, you might find me watching netflix, listening to music, spending time with my boyfriend or visiting/talking to friends and family. 

I love running on a schedule as you can see in my post, Start your morning off right, but that doesn’t mean I always run on one. It’s important to give yourself some time off to recoup. 

A great way to not burn out is to give yourself a set date in time that you will take a break. 

Create your new ‘To-Do” List

A great way to find your motivation in times of stress is to re-evaluate your To-Do list. 

If you don’t already have a to-do list – Start off by listing all the things that you’d love to do every single day. Then, at the bottom of the page, list out the top three ‘big’ things you need to get done by the end of the month. 

Laying all of your goals out is a great way to reshape your daily routine and hype yourself up again. Seeing all of your goals laid out and easily planned is a great way to stay motivated in times of stress. 

Find your motivation by inspiring yourself again

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You lost motivation in times of stress because you lack the very thing that motivated you in the first place. It’s important to remember this. 

Ask yourself : 

What are your goals? What are you working hard to achieve? Why do you want to achieve those goals? For whom? 

Take my advice and ask these tough questions. It’s important to take a moment and inspire yourself for success again. 

I love taking a moment to remember what my dreams are and remember what I have to do to create them. 

You can attract and manifest anything you set your mind to – the trick is to remember that it’s in your hands to begin with. 

Only you can make your own dreams come true

Final Notes : 

When searching for your motivation in times of stress – it’s important to listen to your body and what it needs. Stress is a common thing that, without hesitation, can take over even the most focused person. 

It’s important to create a safe space for your mind through, taking a break, creating healthy habits, and planning, in order to achieve motivation again. 

A little self-care can go a long way in terms of motivation in times of stress.

It’s funny, sometimes what you need the most in terms of productivity is to take a step back and focus on yourself and health. 

In this particular case, less is very much, benefit to more

Question for you! How do you keep yourself happy and motivated during times of stress? 🙂



  • Nathalia

    Nathalia is a bodybuilder-turned-yoga teacher on a mission to help powerful womxn regain balance & build their own version of wellness + confidence. In 2017 she launched, a fitness & wellness blog to help further this mission. She holds a master’s degree, two undergraduate degrees, and is an RYT-200 . She currently resides in Austin, Texas, USA with her partner and their rescue dog, Reishi.


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