Demotivation is not only frustrating, it can also lead to depression and low productivity. The more you let it linger, the worse things will get.
If you’re stuck in a rut and lost your motivation in life or at work, you are not alone. Everyone goes through ups and downs. However, if you want to move forward, you need to take action right now. Here are 9 ways to deal with demotivation.
Get to the root of the problem
Ask yourself why you feel demotivated. Do you feel overwhelmed because you don’t know what to do with your life? Is the organisational change making you feel unsafe? Do you feel burned out? What is stopping you from going forward?
Have a clear purpose
What do you truly want? We usually feel demotivated because we don’t have a specific goal or can’t visualise what we want to achieve. Set your targets, but make sure they are realistic. Create a vision board to help inspire you to reach the end-goal.
Don’t be too quick to blame yourself or others for how you feel. If it’s work-related, try talking to your boss. Express your concerns or needs. If you don’t know what to do, turn it into a research instead of panicking. Researching your next steps will help motivate you to reach your goals.
If you’re utterly bored of routine, new challenges can bring inspiration and create an opportunity for you to grow. Tell your boss that you would like to try something new or take on more responsibility at work. If you want to lose weight, sign up for those gym classes you’ve been delaying.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Fear will stop you from getting what you want. Always remind yourself that it’s okay to make mistakes and it’s better than not trying at all. Challenges and obstacles are a part of life. You just need to learn from it.
Work on the smaller goals first
Don’t let inaction keep you stuck or your end-goal overwhelm you. List out all the things you need to do in order to achieve your targets. Send that email. Make that phone call. Simplify things by breaking up your goals into pieces.
Spend time with family and friends
Don’t lock yourself up in the room or avoid everyone you care about if you feel stuck. Enjoying some time with your loved ones will not only help lift your spirits, but it will also give you the chance to share how you feel or ask for advice.
Have a work-life balance
Work will never end and you need to have a life too. If you feel mentally or physically exhausted, stop. Get enough sleep. Have proper rest in between. Never skip your meals. Try to get some exercise so you’ll feel more energised and calm.
Look on the bright side
Think of all the things you have and be grateful. Your situation may not be as bad as you think and it’s not impossible to change. Some people suffer because they have no other choice. You have a choice and the means to rise above the walls.
Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what — Spryte Loriano
Danila was a magazine writer focused on lifestyle topics and a communications specialist in the telecommunications industry where her work was published or broadcast via several offline and online media channels before shifting to freelance writing. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, taking photos, and reading.