Hey, you. It’s been a while since I posted anything personal(ish) on here, so I figured today is that kind of day.
It’s been such a weird year, and it’s more than half over. Time flies so unbelievable fast, and since it’s not something I can control, I’m just going with it, wherever that is. Motivation has eluded me lately, and if you haven’t read my post about Mental Illness, I’ll just say that I have struggled my entire life. Here are some ways to encourage motivation in your life.
Positivity Wins Always
Instead of going off on a tangent about how I can’t really comprehend my mental state, I’ll share with you this. No matter what it is that I’m feeling, I always try to focus on the things I have been blessed with. By concentrating on the small, itty bitty things that I have in my life – family, friends, safety, a home, food, good health – I quickly get knocked out of the pity party that’s about to form inside my mind.
I really am blessed. Something as small as my family staying safe, especially in this crazy world that we live in, is huge. Being able to put food on the table for my family used to be a challenge. It’s not so much anymore. Money is tight, yes. But I have enough to survive, and I am grateful for that.
Self Care Is Essential
No matter what you’re going through, it is so very important to take time out for yourself. There’s no possible way we can take care of anyone else if we haven’t looked after ourselves properly first. Think about the airplane safety instructions where you’re supposed to put on your oxygen mask before you try to help anyone else. Why? Because in a second, you could pass out from lack of oxygen, and there’s no way you can help anyone when you’re passed out.
Think of simple things that you enjoy and can achieve. Massages are wonderful! Having a walk in the park, people watching, going for a run, creating art, cooking a nice meal for yourself, grabbing a coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in ages, anything. Do something that makes you feel good and happy. Take care of you.
You Are Enough
A couple of years ago, I adopted this mantra that no matter what anyone else said or thought, I am enough. And I am. It’s something that’s so simple, but completely foreign to most people. Believing that we are enough can be one of the most challenging journeys in our lives, but you must go on that journey and believe.
As a blogger and Youtuber, I see so much negativity going around these days, and people are stooping as low as attacking the characters of people they don’t even know, just to have something to say. If you ever find yourself on the end of that stick, don’t listen to them. Who cares what they think. Who even are they to you? If they don’t know you personally, then their opinions have no place in your mind. Just repeat after me. I am enough. I am enough.
My friend Meg wrote an amazing piece on her blog about being enough, especially in this world where everything can (and probably is) edited to make us feel inferior and that we need things and people. Check it out here.
Just Don’t Give a Damn
For a long time, I’ve been known as someone who couldn’t care less about what anyone else thinks of me. I know I’m weird. I know that I’m different. We all are. Accepting this really helped me not care what anyone else thought of me, and it’s really encouraged me to go out and do things that I wouldn’t normally do – like apply for jobs I want but am too scared because I lack experience or start a blog and a Youtube channel!
Being on Youtube has definitely reinforced my “I don’t really care what you think, person on the other side of the computer screen” thinking. People will waste their time throwing useless words out for whatever reasons. It doesn’t matter to me. What matters is that I enjoy what I do, and as long as I enjoy it, I will keep doing what I want.
I hope you find yourself in a good place this week, and if you’re struggling, take a step back and do something for yourself, even if just for a few minutes. Have a wonderful day.