The start of the year is a time where everyone reflects on how far they’ve come and question what next? What are your goals? Where do you see yourself this time next year? At this point in January when the weather is cold and dark and the next holiday seems so far away, it’s easy to lose the motivation you had at the start of the month. A study by Bupa showed 63% of adults failed to keep their resolutions and 66% of those had broken their last in one month or less. It’s easy to put too much pressure on ourselves then we crack. Instead I try to let the space between where I am now and where I want to be to excite, not scare me.
Here are some things I do to help find motivation
Any sort of exercise is definitely one of the best ways to help clear my mind and get me energized and more productive for the rest of the day. However it’s often hard to motivate yourself to workout and in January every gym is packed. Instead, fitness classes are a fab way to workout while having fun.
- Piyo- Piyo combines the strength and flexibility benefits of Pilates and Yoga and is great at toning muscle.
- Cycle Fit -When I’m bored with learning moves and routines, cycle fit is a high energy cardio workout I can just power through.
- Aerial Yoga – For a more gentle day I love to do some aerial yoga. It works by being suspended in a yoga hammock as you go through yoga techniques. The hammock helps stretch you further but in a more relaxing way.
Start planning! Everyone says it but if you havent already, get a good planner. Writing down all my plans/deadlines/meals really helps to ease my mind and everything seems more do-able when its layed out in front of me. This planner is my favourite and it’s from Oliver Bonas. I love it because each month has its own notes section so I can note down any ideas or things I want to achieve that month. It’s also filled with cool artwork that are like little pick-me-ups!
Lastly, taking some time out to focus on yourself when you’ve been in the same place for hours is a helpful way of refreshing your mind. When I’m writing an essay or trying to finish a project and I get stuck in a rut I like to go for a walk to get a coffee and just flick through blog post ideas, or I’ll have an evening off to have a long bath and read a book that inspires me. It’s important to make time for yourself, and reading something that inspires you is a great way of finding motivation. I’m enjoying Bloom by Estée Lalonde.
I hope this helps give you ideas. How do you find motivation ?