I don’t know about you guys, but there are just some days that I can’t quite get it together. It doesn’t really matter how much or how little I have going on, but no matter what I do, I just can’t seem to get my feet underneath me. This is especially common on Mondays. Here are a few simple and very practical things that I do when I am feeling totally unmotivated and down.
- Light a candle – nothing better than adding a little element of warmth while smelling nice.
- Make your bed – I do so much better throughout the day if I can walk into my room, my haven, and it not be a disheveled mess. If at least one room in the house is put together, it calms my mind when I walk into it.
- Put on some music. No doubt that music always makes me feel better and gets me moving. Even if it’s slowly, at least the TV is off and I’m moving. This is on repeat over here. And I really can’t recommend them enough.
- Put on something you feel good in – most days that includes a good pair of jeans, and a comfortable sweater or blouse. On the other hand though, some days its yoga pants and an oversized shirt. There isn’t a right or wrong answer, just whatever you feel like you will be the most comfortable in for that day. Feeling good in what you are wearing doesn’t always mean you are dressed to the nines.
- Make yourself something good to eat – whether that be an egg sandwich, a fresh cup of coffee, or a bowl of ice cream. Something that will cheer you up from the inside out. A piping hot cup of french press coffee typically does the trick for me.
- Make some semblance of a a to-do list. It will give you a place to start and a sort of guide for the day. Even put the things on there that you have already done that day so you have something to cross off. The feeling of accomplishing something can do so much for you.
- Just do one thing. This one is so important. So often I feel like I just can’t quite find the momentum to get moving, but as soon as I complete one thing, even as small as making a specific phone call, the ball starts rolling, and I’m able to dive into other responsibilities more easily. So pick the easiest thing on your list, and get it done.
- Plan something fun to do later in the day as motivation. Make dinner plans with a girlfriend, or take your family out to a movie. Even just texting Josiah and asking him if we can have a family movie and ice cream night together gives me something to look forward to in the day, and pushes me to do something productive throughout the day.
- Cut yourself some slack. There are just some days where everything feels like it weighs 100 pounds. Don’t expect yourself to finish your to-do list and some on those days. Just set your sights on one thing at a time, and hope for a better day tomorrow. That’s the beauty of mornings, we get a new one every day.