Motivation is a fickle concept that is somewhat overrated. According to Psychology Today, motivation, “is one of the driving forces behind human behavior. It fuels competition and sparks social connections. Its absence can lead to mental illnesses such as depression. Motivation encompasses the desire to continue striving toward meaning, purpose, and a life worth living.”
As amazing as that sounds, there comes a time when your motivation may be running low. The problem with motivation is that it comes and it goes. No one is highly motivated in every area of their life 24/7. Bummer, right? Not necessarily. Some strategies can help you when you feel like you’ve lost enthusiasm for life in general. Or maybe when you feel like your “get up and go”, got up and left. Just know that you are not alone, most people experience this conundrum from time to time.
Here’s what you can do.
5 Ways to Regain Your Enthusiasm for Life
Uncover What Is Holding You Back
Start by figuring out what has sapped your zest for living or simply your internal motivation to get things done. It’s a good idea to figure out exactly what it is that is holding you back. Is it self-doubt? Or maybe you had unrealistic expectations that led to you giving up on what you wanted? It could be as simple as sleep deprivation or as complicated as avoiding making a major decision. When you figure out exactly what it is that has caused you to lose your enthusiasm for life, you can begin to develop a strategy to get it back.
Get Back Into A Healthy Routine
The first thing that usually goes out of the window when you lose motivation is the healthy routines that you’ve established over time. You may start eating poorly or skipping your workouts. To regain your enthusiasm get into a healthy and positive routine. Habits and routines have a way of trumping motivation. The things we do each day, determine how we feel. So, if you are currently feeling lost and like you are just sailing blindly through life revisiting your healthy routine can help. If you have not developed healthy routines yet, this article can help.
Start with your morning routine. Does it leave you feeling energized, positive, and inspired? If not, change it up so it better serves you. Avoid checking your phone and the news as soon as you wake up. Do things the night before that will make your mornings easier and less stressful. When you start the day right, it can leave you feeling a lot more positive throughout.
Upgrade Your Physical Space
There’s nothing like upgrading your physical space to feel energized, motivated and enthusiastic about your life. You would be surprised how living in a cluttered unkempt space can discourage you, keep you distracted and stuck on a subconscious level. However, if you are already mentally exhausted and lacking motivation picking up a broom can seem overwhelming, especially if your entire living space is in disarray. I. Get. That. But, if you start with one small room and create an oasis of peace, tranquility, and order, I promise you you will begin to feel better almost instantly. You will begin to feel inspired and creative again.
Surround Yourself With Positivity
As you’ve probably guessed by now, staying positive is key to regaining your enthusiasm. The people you surround yourself with make a huge difference in how you feel. If you currently spend time with negative people, you will naturally have a more negative outlook on life too.
When you start to surround yourself with positive people, you too become more positive. You will see opportunities and start to enjoy each day. Your inner circle should consist of people who build you up and support you. When you have encouragement and support, it helps you to feel like you can take on anything.
Know When To Seek Help
Sometimes, the reason we can’t muster up much enthusiasm for life is that we may be suffering from depression. If you suffer from mild depression, the above tips may help you to overcome your current low state. However, if you have moderate to severe depression, you may need professional help to battle the condition. Getting professional help can prove invaluable for getting back your passion and joy for life.
You are not alone. Many people lose their enthusiasm for life somewhere along the way. Whether it is as severe as clinical depression, or you are stuck in a rut, losing your enthusiasm can suck. Remember, there are ways you can get back on track and regain your enjoyment of life.
The key thing to remember is that you are not stuck. There is a way out. You can take baby steps right now to regain your enthusiasm and live a happier and more fulfilled life.
Be well + prosper
P.S. If you like you are stuck, lost enthusiasm for life, or just need more clarity, let’s see if I can help.