6 Ways to Boost Motivation in Times of Stress
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? 🙂
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Thank you for this post. I am looking forward to incorporating some of these tasks in my everyday stressful life.
SO happy you found it helpful 🙂
Great post! I’m in much need of a social detox right now!
Happy you enjoyed Pam’s post 🙂
Schedule your burnout! Such a good one I had not thought of. I’m currently on the way to burn out that I’m want to prevent. These are all good tips!
I thought this was one of Pam’s best suggestions as well
Such wise advice! I have recently picked up reading again after letting it go the last few years. It has been great for my soul! Being recharged is giving myself the ability to do the things I need to do from a better, calmer place.
Love the concept of scheduling your burnout! I do this without even realizing it until now! But it really does help so much to just have a day to get all your lazy out! Thanks for such a great post xx
I couldn’t agree more!
these are wonderful tips.
I especially love the social media detox and adopt healthy habits sections.
thanks for sharing this awesome post!
Pam’s suggestions are so great! I am currently on an IG detox and it’s really really nice
Creating a to-do list and taking time for myself to do things I love definitely always boost my motivation. It is so crucial to have your day planned out in my opinion in order to be the most productive and use the most of my day well. You made some great and helpful points, so thank you for sharing!
Pam’s advice is fantastic!
These are such helpful tips! I was already a big advocate of self care but since the beginning of lockdown I started practicing (and loving it) even more!
I think this is true for so many of us
Thanks for the great tips. I have a busy schedule and needed some thing to guide my thoughts and plans. So I created a planner to even out my day otherwise I will be so stressed out and all over the place. I love checking things off
Planners are my saving grace. I tried using digital calendars, and they’re so great for teams, but I just live for paper and pen.
Schedule your burnout—ha! Yes, it’s so good to schedule a day for rest!
If I don’t do this I just keep pushing through, which is not good.
This is the first time I’ve heard of scheduling your burnout. I love it! This was a great article full of tips that we all need right now.
Pam did such a great job with this piece 🙂
Porshaa || Lifetimeinflux
Creating a to do list is important and one of my fave things to do. It helps stay motivated in the hardest of time. I believe having a plan is important to be productive and it very important to improve your day. This will be very helpful for people who struggle motivation. Thank you for sharing this .
Pam’s tips in this piece are excellent! I also agree with the to-do list and find that I’m most productive when I make one at the beginning of the day. Crossing things off the list is also very satisfying and helps me feel accomplished.
Found this very helpful. I’ve taken notes and will most certainly implement!
Glad you found Pam’s tips helpful.
Great tips, thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome 🙂
Some very good suggestions. This stressful time seems to be lasting too long and we don’t know when things will go back to normal. I have been staying off social media a certain amount of time each day and I find it helpful.
I’ve been doing an instagram detox and it’s been so much less stressful!
Nothing better than the occasional social media detox! spend the first day wondering what to do with myself when I’m sat with nothing to do. But after that I start feeling the need to go and be more active and actually spend my time in a positive and productive way. Wonder why i ever go back to be honest! Thanks for the post!
Pam made excellent suggestions! I’ve taken time off social media and I’m much less stressed throughout the day. I also get outside more often.
Lydia | 1sellerofpurple
Schedule your burnout! What a nice name and good idea. I need some of these improvements in my life so thank you for the encouragement.
Pam’s tips are fantastic!
I am a list taker and a list maker. I seem to be more organized when I write things down and plus it holds me accountable.
I love the accountability that you get from writing a list! I also love the satisfaction of crossing out items once they’re complete
These are wonderful suggestions, and I love the outside-the-box thinking on scheduling burnout time!
Happy you like Pam’s tips 🙂