If you're like many people I've heard from recently and feeling in a stuck in a rut or challenged by major life circumstances, you're not alone! It's very common in February, after the rush of the new year's aspirational start, and for those of us in regions that have experienced the colder, darker days of winter, aka "S.A.D." (Seasonal Affect Disorder) to feel a bit off, out of balance or downright unmotivated.
I myself, am currently in the category of being challenged by major life circumstances and feeling out of balance. So, I find myself having to really remember and practice what I teach and coach. Getting back to basics and taking purposeful pauses to just get still, let go, keep the faith and breathe.....................
Easier said than done, right? Not just in our daily lives, but especially challenging when we're hit with life's major stressors.
Have you ever been stuck somewhere, whether at the airport or in a difficult place in life, and closed your eyes, clicked your heels together like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, and said
"There's no place like home",
wishing you could get back to where you want to be? Wishing that Glenda The Good Witch would magically appear and help you get back on track, back on the right path and back to who and where you want to be in life?
As Glenda said, "we've always had the power, we just have to learn it for ourselves." I've heard from many people recently that they feel stuck and unmotivated. Stuck in a place they want to get out of, but for some reason can't seem to work their way out of it. It seems to be going around, this "stuck in a rut unmotivated" feeling.
One of the themes of my Weekly Wellness Bites and Chapter 3 of my book, One Bite At A Time, focuses on how to "learn for yourself, life coping strategies to leverage your internal power" and live your best, healthiest, happiest, most inspired life.
Here's a peek into the Weekly Wellness Bites Library to help you rise up to your best self and live your best life, even when life knocks you down or you're feeling out of sorts and unmotivated. If you could use a regular dose of inspiration, sign up and join the One Bite At A Time Tribe!
Here are my top 7 Mindfulness Strategies (Practices) To Go From Unmotivated to Inspired:
1. Embrace The Process - Remember to truly transform and get unstuck, we must embrace the journey. Check out my 5 tips on how to embrace the process
2. Visualize Being Unstuck & Inspired - what would you be doing on a regular basis? What would that look and feel like? If you've created a Vision Board, take some time to reflect on how you can take action every single day, do the work and rise up into the life you envision for yourself.
3. Refer to Your "To Be" List - To practice creating an inspired feeling, start with making your "To BE" list. Pick 3-5 words that best describe how you want to feel and who you want to be, such as: Kind, Loving, Forgiving, Tolerant, Healthy, Happy, Peaceful, Relaxed, Giving, Fun-Loving, At Ease, Positive, Service-Oriented, Inspired, etc. It can be as simple as that.
4. Do something that takes your breath away and be amazed. Remember that life isn't measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away! It's amazing how this small step can make a big impact.
5. Close Your Eyes and Get Still. What do you see when you close your eyes? Often we can't see what's waiting right in front of us or how to get back "home," back to ourselves, until we close our eyes and just BE... so we can see more clearly.
6. Do one thing each day that supports following your heart and living out your best life. Where would your heart take you if you followed it? After you answer this, then go put your ass where your heart wants to be and start doing the work! Do one thing each day you've been putting off - this one is a game changer to going from feeling unmotivated to "being" inspired!
7. Write Your Younger Self A Love Letter - Write it, let it all go and move forward with the knowledge that you have and the internal power of your wisdom, experiences and all of the lessons you have learned for yourself!
I hope at least one of these mindfulness strategies speaks to you and gives you a dose of positive inspiration to practice this week and in those times when life knocks you down and has you feeling stuck and unmotivated.
Cheers to you, leveraging your Internal Power and Being Inspired by your own life, even when _______ (fill in the blank)!
One Gratitude Practice, One Day and "One Bite At A Time."