Feeling Low? How to Get Motivated When You’re Feeling Down

“A little progress every day adds up to big results” – Satya Nani

There comes a point in our lives when we want to throw in the towel and ask ourselves, “What have I achieved?”

We feel bitter, resentful and hurt because everyone around us has the perfect life, while we struggle with stress at work, bills piling up and constant arguments with peers or a significant other.

It seems that everyone has their picture-perfect life together while we struggle with motivating ourselves to get out of bed for work.

While such situations don’t come with a warning, there are ways to tackle them and push away depressing thoughts. With a little bit of care and precautionary measure, getting back into the game is possible!

Here’s what you can do:

Look Into the Mirror Every Day

The person standing in front of you is your biggest competitor. There’s a saying that we are our own worst critics. We are the ones who bring ourselves down.

How many times have you thought, “I can’t do this because I’m a failure?”

Why make the assumption when you haven’t even tried? Look into the mirror every day, first thing in the morning and before going to bed. In the morning, face yourself and tell the person in the mirror that you will give your best. At night, stand in front of the mirror and give yourself a pat on the back because you’ve survived the long, tedious day at work.

Don’t Set Targets You Can’t Achieve

While it’s important to aim high, it’s also important to set realistic goals. Don’t go for something you know is out of your scope. Start with something small that is more easily achievable.

If you’re working on a complex project, plan your day ahead. Start working on that project early in the morning and then take a short break. Complete minor tasks throughout the day so you don’t get distracted or bored.

Work on the project after completing a small task so you don’t end up with a lot of work at the end of the day. You can also take fewer breaks and start working on the project early in the morning to wrap it up before lunch.

This way, you will be able to achieve your target without your mind telling you to work on it later. While it’s easy to get tempted to complete small and easier tasks first, it’s important to get priorities straight. This will help you keep your eyes on the goal and meet project deadlines.

Look at Mother Nature’s Beauty

“Into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” – John Muir

Motivation comes from within. Look up the beauties of Mother Nature or go on a hike.

When we’re surrounded by beauty, our mind relaxes. In that moment, we forget about everything that is a source of worry for us.

Surround Yourself with Positive People

The people we interact with on a daily basis also affect our lives. If you’re constantly surrounded by people who have a negative way of thinking, they can mold your thoughts to suit theirs.

Find people who emit positivity. People who are mostly cheerful will make a significant difference. They know how to tackle situations and problems without losing themselves.

In order to succeed, it’s important to surround ourselves with people who believe in us.

Remember that difficult roads can lead us to beautiful destinations!

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