I will be completely honest with you. There are days when I feel like an absolute slug. Some of you don't know the extent of how gross and disgusting of a place that is because you've never been to Sooke, British Columbia and seen the size of slugs they have over there. One time when I was little, I went on a family vacation there and while my sister was waiting patiently for my dad to serve breakfast at the breakfast table, he thought it would be hilarious to bring one of these disgusting and slimy foot-long slugs on a plate and serve it to her all fancy-like with a napkin on top.
It was hilarious. Just google "Sooke slugs" and you'll get the picture.
Anyways, I am emerging from a week long slug-a-thon where I feel like I have done absolutely nothing with my life. Of course, that's not true. I went to the gym, made it to the yoga studio, worked on my e-book (coming soon!) spoke to my coach, spoke to some clients and did a fair amount of other things. But when you think about all of the hours you have in a day to work on and tick off every item on your to-do list, it can sometimes feel you like you never have enough hours in the day to do anything, or have the motivation to even get started.
First thing's first. You are not alone. Every single one of us at some point or another needs a kick in the butt to get re-energized, re-focused and re-motivated on several occasions. Welcome to the club. There are 7 billion of us.
So today, I spent some serious time getting clear on what leaves me feeling sluggishly unmotivated and more importantly; 6 ways to to get out of the slump.
1. Go Easy On Yourself:
This one is strategically placed at the top of the list because it is of the utmost importance. We've all been told a million times (and counting) that we are our own biggest critics. This is because it is so incredibly and undeniably true, yet the majority of us fail to acknowledge or do anything about it. As I mentioned, there is a club of 7 billion people who have "off" days, who don't make it to the gym, sleep in, fail to make it to their yoga class or who sneak a chocolate chip cookie in from Starbucks after a really good work-out - you are part of a really large club. You are HUMAN. Go easy on yourself and be OKAY with letting yourself eat the cookie. Get back on track tomorrow.
2. Create a Pick-Me-Up Plan of Attack:
You've been in a slump before. What did you do to get out? Did you go to the gym? Jam out to some T-Swifts hits? Walk your dog? Watch a TED Talk? Listen to a motivational podcast? I have done all of the above, and they all work for me. Find out your secret recipe for getting out of that sluggish state of yours. Write a list. Keep it in a convenient location in your room and do one (or all) of the items the next time you need to get motivated. Can't think of any off the top of your head? All good, friend. Here's a list of my fave motivational speakers: Robin Sharma, Marie Forleo, Tony Robbins and Melissa Ambrosini. Check out any of their videos on YouTube to get started.
3. Bring Out The Big Guns:
You should have at least one or two people (or preferably many, many more) in your life that motivates, uplifts and inspires you. If you don't - you need new friends. I have a list of people that I call during these specific situations. They are the people in my life that know how to lift my spirits with a few simple words. Sometimes when we are so far deep inside of our own heads, it is difficult to get out or to pump ourselves back up. It's quite often as simple as calling a bestie, a family member, a random beautiful soul you met in New York a year ago, or other like-minded and motivational people you've met over time. Perhaps you can exchange 'get out of unmotivated jail free' cards and agree to be each-other's pick-me-up when you need it.
4. Go Outside:
This one is a tad difficult when you are feeling like a slug. Really, I know. You don't want to leave your bed. You feel exhausted all of the time. You just want to wrap yourself up in a tight ball of blankets and watch episodes of Scandal on repeat. Maybe with a scoop of ice cream. I feel your pain. But please, do yourself a favour and force yourself to get off your behind and get outdoors. Fresh air is invigorating. It connects us to nature but also re-connects us to ourselves. When we are breathing in fresh air, our minds, bodies and spirits are activated. Reading my latest read by Kate Hudson: Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body - she speaks about something called the biophilia effect which was hypothesized by Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson. Biophilia literally means "love of life" and is based on the idea that all living beings have an "innate affiliation to other living organisms". Research shows that fresh air, plants, flowers, trees and natural outdoor elements have a profound effect on our well-being. When we spend time outdoors, our moods begin to shift, we become more energized, motivated and optimistic.
5. Move Your Body:
I don't think I need to go into the details of this one, because you've heard it all before. Exercise. Go to the gym. Get to your yoga mat. Hit up a dance class. Whatever it is you like to do to get your body moving. As painful as it might be to drag yourself from your blanket fort in your bedroom, you KNOW you will feel better afterwards. Tiny hint: this is not the time to force yourself to begin a new training program at the gym (unless that makes you happy). This is the time to do an activity that you ENJOY. You are way more likely to get up and commit to doing something if it's an activity that gets you pumped up just thinking about it.
6. Do Something Productive. ASAP:
For me, this is sometimes the most helpful tip that is most often forgotten. Just get up and do whatever it is that you've been procrastinating. Totally easier said than done, I know. But quite often, all it takes is that initial hump that we have to get over (simply sitting at your desk and opening your computer to write a blog post or tying up your laces and filling up the water bottle before heading to the gym) to release the motivational juices that'll have us continue on with a very action-packed and productivity-filled day. Start out small. Write a list of small actions that you can begin to tick off one-by-one that will get you on the right path. (To-do lists are always so exciting, aren't they?) Start off with 1.) Unwrap yourself from blanket cocoon. 2.) Get out of bed. 3.) Remove sweatpants and dress yourself in yoga attire. 4. Fill up your water bottle. (And so on and so forth.) This example might seem a little simple and ridiculous, but once you break up a seemingly daunting task into small, actionable steps, you may find yourself feeling a bit more ready to take on your day.
Did you like this post or know anyone that is feeling like a particularly unmotivated slug these days? If so, please share! And if you have any other tips and tricks to get out of the sedentary state you may find yourself in on certain occasions, please let me know in the comments box below! I would love to hear them!