Breathe. Just take one step at a time.
The saying “Starting is the hardest thing” exists for good reason. Beginning any task can require a great deal more motivation than continuing the task once you have momentum and focus (Sarah Fielding, Healthline 2019).
Starting is the hardest thing!
'Lockdown Lows' adding new stresses or impacting on your mental wellbeing, can make finding the motivation to start something is even more difficult. This isn't helped either, by messaging on social media for 'self-improvement' and to use your time more productively. There are days you just want to crawl back under the duvet (I've done that)... and that's ok.
Sometimes we just need to take it 'one day at a time'. Focus on one or two things that you want to get done, find time to recognise and connect with how you feel or do things that just make you smile. For me, that's dancing to 80s pop classics in the kitchen!
Here are some ideas that you could help you pause, reset and regain your composure.
Getting out of the house to get out of your head. Changing your environment and being in nature brings a wealth of benefits for both the mind and body. When heading out for a walk, how often are we really present in the moment? When we’re outside, it’s almost second nature for our legs to be moving while our attention is elsewhere. If this is you, try this Walking Mediation from Headspace, designed to bring body and mind in sync while we’re out and about.
Feeling low, anxious or vulnerable? Yoga With Adriene's Yoga for Vulnerability. is a loving at-home practice, anchored in an invitation to focus on the rise and fall. Suitable for beginners, this gentle flow uses the tools of asana, breath, and science to welcome a sense of peacefulness and ease for both mind and body. Take a look at her other free videos too!
Finding Gratitude. Love TED Talks? I find they are a great space to feel uplifted and thankful. Take a look at the 5-day Gratitude Challenge from TED Ideas, where they have five different exercises, all from TED speakers, can help you add more thanks to your life.
Working from home? When you're feeling stressed or struggling mentally that day, even the simplest of things, like returning an email or scheduling an appointment, can feel downright impossible. Fortunately, there are little things and hacks you can do to feel more on top of your tasks, even when you’re not at a peak mental state. Check out Healthline's 9 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work.
Adelle Adams CNM Dip.HC is a qualified Health Coach (College of Naturopathic Medicine) and a member of the UK Health Coaches Association. As a certified Health Coach and Wellness Specialist, Adelle primarily educates and motivates her clients to assume more personal responsibility for their health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle, and diet. Articles posted are not a substitute for professional medical or nutritional advice and treatment.