by May 14 2022

Keep yourself Motivated

Motivation is the drive to achieve your goals or needs.

Motivation is important because it provides you with goals to work towards, and helps you solve problems. And also helps you change old habits and to cope with challenges and opportunities.

Ways to keep on track

  • Make your goal part of your routine by using a diary or app for reminders
  • Positive self-talk is important and effective in managing depression or anxiety. Instead of saying 'I can't', say 'I can try'.
  • Mindfulness helps keep you relaxed and focused.
  • Start a class or join a support group. Support groups can be as effective as professional help.
  • Reward yourself when you have completed a step or goal.

Here are some tips to motivate yourself

  • Regularly review your goals and progress. Seeing progress is a great motivator in it, and also improves your self-esteem.
  • Continue to set new goals. Think about what you want to achieve next week, next month, and next year. Tackle one goal at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed. 
  • Keep the momentum up. It takes up to 3 months to develop a new habit, so keeping the momentum and routine helps it feel more automatic over time.
  • Find mentors – a mentor is someone who is experienced in the habit you want to change. Finding social or support groups with the same interest can help you find a mentor.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. Positive friends and family enhance your positive self-talk, which also helps to manage the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Use exercise as one of your daily goals to improve your mental health.

Setbacks are normal, but developing resilience can help you carry on and pick up where you left off. Here are some tips to help you find your motivation again:

  • Review your goals and see if they are realistic in the timeframe you have set. You may need to break your goal down further into smaller and more achievable goals. 
  • Remember why you wanted to get motivated or reach that goal in the first place.
  • Take motivation from others – feel inspired by reading a book, talking to your mentor or friends or family who has reached similar goals to the ones you have set.
  • Sometimes you just need to take a break and start afresh.
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