February 28th, 2022
by Kim Myles
1. Get Rid of Demotivational Thoughts/Programming
If you often state how tired or drained you are, take heed. Where the mind goes, the body will follow. Your thoughts have a physical impact on your body. If you are feeling fatigued, getting proper rest, or changing your routine might help to boost your energy. Alternatively, it may not be so simple for your body to bounce back from the damage continuous negative programming causes.
According to the University of Michigan Health negative thinking produces chemicals in the brain which lower the body’s immunity to fight disease, raises blood pressure, and cause anxiety. The reverse is true for your health when you program your body with positive encouragement.
Practice saying affirmations or mantras that will help to keep you motivated and uplifted. Also, be mindful of entertaining negative commentary and dialogue, because what goes in one ear doesn’t always go out the other. It just might stick and make you sick.
2. Listen to Music
Music has the power to uplift you. The right arrangements of notes or tones can make you feel you could conquer the world. Music moves you, internally and externally. It can influence your thoughts and action through your body’s chemistry.
In her article, Why Is Music So Important for Your Motivation?, Lucy Benton discusses the impact music has on physical movement.
“Music increases stimulation between auditory and motor neurons. That’s why music often makes us more mobile and motivates our body to move. Physical activity sparks mental activity; therefore, music fuels productivity and motivation.”
“It’s safe to say that music does a character-building job, helping us become more determined and motivated. It’s also necessary to mention that music boosts our ability to focus, being a healthy distraction from all other irritants that make us procrastinate.”
One of the best ways to get motivated is to move. Exercise is a good way to get your body in motion. Biking, hiking, running, weight-lifting, and walking are just a few activities you can do. Even if you don’t feel like exercising, it is important to understand how it could affect your health in the long-run. Your ability to move your body could depend on how much (or little) you move it.
“Most people are familiar with many of the benefits of exercise, such as improving muscle strength and endurance, reducing the risk for heart disease and stroke, and preventing obesity. Perhaps not as well understood is the importance of regular physical activity in building and maintaining healthy bones. Inactivity causes -loss of bone!” American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
So if you don’t want to lose it, move it.
4. Wake Up
Waking up to a new day is a good reason to be motivated. Most individuals during their waking hours don’t think about how many others didn’t have the same opportunity. To experience life is a gift. With each day, you get to shape your existence. There is no time like the present to make an impact or change if you choose.
Try not to start your day thinking about your list of daily task which you may or not be happy to get through. Instead, be grateful for the extension of your existence that comes with each sunrise. Let your will for life be your greatest motivator.
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor (161-180)
How do you get motivated? Comment below.
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