If you’re anything like me when you feel overwhelmed, you want to curl up under a blanket and hide from the world. It’s like everything is coming at you all at once, and everyone is asking more from you than you can or want to give. This energy type deeply affects motivation levels, creating a void in the drive to do much of what you need to get done. When you have a client or boss trying everything they can to micro-manage you, the willingness to contribute drastically declines.
The frustrating aspect of this is that when you’re usually a highly-motivated person with a strong desire to accomplish your goals, anything that gets in the way of your flow is something that ends up becoming a massive burden. Sometimes we have to take on more work, a side-gig for financial purposes, or maybe you want to expand your portfolio with a new client. The long hours and extra headache of dealing with significantly difficult individuals should come with an expiration date of no longer than 60-90 days.
It’s important to limit the time you invest into personal and business deals that worsen your health. Knowing there is an end date in sight will make it much easier for you to get through the day-to-day motions and eventually make plans for the future that help you better your overall welling, by doing things that spark joy and make you happy.
As you begin to shed the weight of toxic people and routines that hold you back from being and feeling your best self, you will have the opportunity to clear space to welcome new opportunities that are more aligned with what you are passionate about. As you cleanse your life of all and any toxic and unhealthy people or patterns you’ve let in over time, you should begin to regain energy and motivation to rebuild your life in a way that will be more satisfying.
The ultimate goal I believe we all want is to be happy. It’s fairly easy, but unfortunately, we complicate things when we fail to create and maintain boundaries for ourselves, personally and professionally. Letting people know your boundaries from the start will help prevent any surprises for them down the road. If someone does not repeat those boundaries, they don’t respect you, and you should not allow any space in your life for them.
A few other things you could do to increase your energy levels and regain motivation:
- Sleep with your phone in the other room. Leave your phone in the kitchen charging overnight so that you do not stay up late scrolling on social media or texting. This will also help prevent you from starting the morning off on the wrong foot and draining your energy from the day’s start. Purchase a simple alarm clock to keep by your bed so that you can wake up promptly in the morning.
- Take a run or light jog in the morning to get your blood pumping and increase oxygen levels in your brain to help you focus throughout the day.
- Ask your friends and family what they see as your strengths and talents then focus on spending more time doing the activities that you are most drawn to.