We all need motivation to start up our days. What we fail to perceive, though, is that our motivation lays here in our own minds. Your powers are in your own hands. You just need to experience and practice them. Here are some tips:
· Start your day early. How much sleep do you need anyway? Six hours of good quality sound sleep are more than enough for a healthy adult. It may be difficult when you first try it, but with practice you will find yourself fully awake and energized.
· Start your day with Morning Adhkar. Clearly renew your intention and sincerity for the day.
· Take a daily walk preferably out doors or practice some morning stretching exercises.
· Eat a healthy breakfast. Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugars and go easy on the caffeine.
· Write a daily entry in your Journal. Journaling helps you venting out stress, explore your deeper self, understand more meanings and links in your life, and generate creative and innovative ideas.
· Practice breathing exercises and press your pause button whenever you find yourself working on autopilot. Stop, breathe and remember to be fully aware and mindful.
Have fun. Enjoy every moment of your life. Live with an attitude of gratitude. When you talk, talk about things you are looking forward to, nice events and meanings in your life, motivations and fulfillments. If you capture yourself whining or fretting about loss or misfortune, flip to another channel, challenge yourself to find a jewel among the rubbles.
· Surround yourself with sincere friends and a healthy social support system.
· Make better use of seemingly wasted time. Organize your schedule and prepare daily/weekly/monthly to do lists.
· Have your share of daily apples. Well, if you read my book ‘Healing body & Soul’, you will probably know what I mean. Apples here symbolizes the things that re-energize you, fill up your well, cheer you up and/or uplift your spirit. They may be as simple as an afternoon cup of coffee in your balcony watching the sunset, or they could be a hobby, a gathering, a new book, a day trip... choices are limitless. Make your own list and refer back to it whenever you feel out of apples. You are going to need simple daily apples and more sophisticated ones for occasional use. Write them down!!!
· Learn something new every day; be aware of what your world has to offer on daily/ even hourly basis.
· Get out of your comfort zone. Join groups and activities that are interesting. Surf the net for book clubs, workshops or NGOs in your area... that share your same interests.
· Expand your horizon by reading more books, magazine, world news... Meeting more people, exchanging experience and knowledge. Be open to new ideas, environment, opinion, you never know where inspiration/motivation will come from!!
· I rarely work on one project at a time. I have many open ended works on my desk (and PC desk top), workshops to prepare, books I am working on, studies I need to finish, art work, cooking recipes I want to experiment with, books I am reading, websites I need to check, that’s of course besides my house chores and kids’ everyday needs... This gives me no room for boredom. If I feel boredom seeping in, I experience lower energy, reduced motivation, urge for procrastination, stress, anxiety or creativity block, I simply shift to another activity or fetch some ‘apples’ that clear my mood.
Have a great day!!.