Motivation is a state of mind that can be cultivated. The better you are at cultivating it, the more motivated you’ll feel most days. But what does it mean to be motivated? Motivation is an internal process of being excited about something and having the drive to take action. It’s not just one thing — there are many things that can motivate us! And when we’re in a good mood, this motivation will carry over into other areas of our lives too.
So how can we cultivate this good mood and motivation? Here are 25 things you can do to feel more motivated today:
Get some exercise.
Exercise is a great way to get your body moving and release endorphins, which are the “feel-good” hormones. When we have more endorphins in our system, we tend to feel happier and more motivated.
Eat healthy foods.
What we put into our bodies has a huge impact on how we feel. Eating healthy foods not only gives us the energy we need to be productive, but it also helps keep our moods stable. When we’re eating poorly, we might experience fluctuations in our mood and energy levels. This is often the cause of an “emotional eating” cycle and it makes getting motivated much more difficult!
Take a walk outside.
Getting some fresh air and sunshine is great for your mental health and provides additional, natural endorphins for you to feel good! Plus, it’s a great way to start your day by setting some positive intentions.
Take time to relax.
Sometimes we get too focused on accomplishing things or getting everything done, but our bodies are actually programmed for rest and relaxation! It may seem counter-intuitive, but taking the time to recharge once in awhile will make you feel more motivated to get things done.
Get enough sleep.
Make sure you’re getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night by prioritizing bedtime and winding down before falling asleep. This will ensure that your body has the energy it needs to get through the day! If you have trouble sleeping, try doing some relaxation exercises before bed or making your bedroom more conducive to sleeping. Use soft lighting, turn off the TV, and avoid using your phone before bedtime.
Pick one thing to do today that makes you excited.
Sometimes our mood depends on the type of day we’re having, not if we’re feeling motivated or not. So try to make it your goal to finish at least one thing each day that gets you excited about what comes next! This will help you feel like you’re accomplishing things and get you feeling more motivated.
Make a to-do list for tomorrow.
Taking the time to plan out what you’ll do the next day gives some structure and organization to your days, which will help motivate you! Plus, having something written down builds anticipation and excitement about getting started!
Find some inspiration.
Sometimes you just need to hear from someone who’s been there before, so find a quote or an article that will give you some inspiration! This type of motivation reminds us why we do what we do and helps keep our spirits high.
Do something nice for somebody else.
Helping others is a great way to make yourself feel good and it can be very motivating. When we do something nice for somebody else, it feels good to know that we’ve made somebody else happy. It’s a simple way to make the world a little bit brighter.
When you accomplish something, give yourself a pat on the back and a little reward! This will help you feel encouraged to keep going and make you feel more motivated. It’s important to find what works for you and to celebrate your accomplishments along the way!
Clean up/organize your space.
Sometimes we get into a cycle of feeling like we’re not motivated because it’s too overwhelming and messy, and then we feel unmotivated. Start by making one small change to clean up what you can and make sure everything is in its place. This little step can help motivate you to keep going!
Connect with like-minded individuals.
When we surround ourselves with people who have the same goals and interests as us, it motivates us to keep up our good work! Not only do they provide support and accountability, but they can also offer great advice and new perspectives.
Take a break.
We all need a break sometimes, especially when we’re feeling overwhelmed or drained. Sometimes it’s helpful to just step away from our work or goals for a little bit and come back to them later with fresh eyes. This will help you stay motivated and avoid burnout!
Set some realistic goals.
When our goals are too lofty or unrealistic, it can be easy to get discouraged and give up. When we set goals that are easy to achieve, it feels like we’re getting things done and motivates us! It’s important to think about what you really want out of life and make sure you’re setting yourself up for success.
Plan for tomorrow!
Instead of starting each day by thinking about what you have to do, try planning it out the night before! This will help take some of the pressure off and make the next day feel less daunting. Knowing what’s coming up ahead can be very motivating!
Go for a walk or exercise.
Sometimes we just need to get up and move! Exercise is a great way to release endorphins and feel more motivated in everything else you do. Plus, after a workout it’s easy to feel accomplished and ready to take on the day!
Set some short-term goals.
When our goals are too far off in the future, it can be hard to see how we’ll ever get there. This is why it’s helpful to set some short-term goals as stepping stones to our larger goal. This way, we can constantly be working towards something and crossing things off our list, which is very motivating!
Visualize your success.
When we can see ourselves achieving our goals, it’s much easier to stay motivated! This is because we’re able to imagine all the good things that will come with it. Take some time to visualize yourself succeeding and how it will feel. This will help you stay on track!
Make a plan of action.
After we set a goal, it’s good to know how we’re going to get there! Make a list of the things that you need to do each day to reach your larger goal. This will help keep you motivated and on track as you accomplish each smaller thing along the way.
Print this out and post it up!
Sometimes we need reminders of how awesome we are! Print this list out and hang it up somewhere you’ll see it every day, like on your mirror or bulletin board. This way, you can always be reminded of all the things that motivate you to keep going!
Get some fresh air!
Sometimes we need a change of scenery to jump start our motivation. Taking a walk outside or sitting in the park can help us feel more inspired and motivated. The natural world is a great source of inspiration!
Create a vision board.
A vision board is a fun, visual reminder of what you want your life to look like. Whether it’s filled with pictures of an awesome career or beautiful family photos, creating a vision board can be very motivating! It will remind you that your goals are within reach!
Give yourself a pep talk!
When we’re feeling discouraged or lost, it’s easy to give up and feel like our goals are out of reach. Pep talks can help remind us of all the awesome things we’re capable of doing and put us back on track towards reaching our goals. It’s good to write down a few things that motivate you and keep them handy for tough times!
Make a list of things you’re grateful for.
When we focus on the good things in our lives, it’s much easier to stay motivated and positive! Make a list of everything you’re grateful for- from your supportive family and friends to the roof over your head and your health. Focusing on the good will help you stay motivated during tough times!
Take a look at the big picture.
It can be easy to get so caught up in what we’re doing right now that we forget about how it fits into our life as a whole. When we take some time to think about how everything fits together, it’s much easier to see the bigger picture and feel good about our day-to-day lives. This can be really motivating!
What are some other things you do to get yourself motivated? Comment below!