7 Ways To Motivate Yourself After You've Taken A Long Break

7 Ways To Motivate Yourself After You've Taken A Long Break

Don't worry, we've all been there.
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Finding motivation isn't always easy. It’s like losing your keys, but much worse because once you've lost your keys, it only takes an overturned cushion or two to find them again. Losing motivation after taking a long break from responsibilities that require focus and discipline, like classwork, exercise, or work, it feels as if there will never again be a time where you have it all together. Getting back into the swing of things can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be.

Here’s my step-by-step guide to jump-start your motivation when it seems as if all hope for future productivity is lost.

1. Take a deep breath

It’s important to take a moment to yourself before plunging head-first into a sea of responsibilities.

2. Make a list of goals

Assessing the things you need to do before you do them can be helpful. Writing things down can help you to prioritize what you need to do and keep track of those things as you do them. Start with short-term goals and then move onto long-term ones. Focus on what you can do today to help you meet greater goals in the future. I recommend writing in a small journal you can easily take with you anywhere or saving your goals onto a phone.

3. Surround yourself with encouragement

Having someone or something to encourage you when you can feel your motivation starting to slip up can make all the difference. For instance, print out quotes that inspire you, find a trustworthy accountability partner or create an inspiration board of the future you desire. Visual and physical reminders of what you want to accomplish will help you get motivated.

4. Start small

Don't be afraid to take baby steps. It is important to be able to feel as if you are achieving your goals because it makes it easier to stay motivated when you feel as if you are successful at what you set your mind to. Therein lies the beauty of starting small. When you can accomplish something you’ve set your mind to, no matter how seemingly insignificant, any bigger goal you might have doesn’t seem as daunting.

5. Tidy up your workspace

Personally, I always find it easier to work when I’m not surrounded by clutter. Straightening up your desk or making the bed are examples of something small you can do that puts you in a productive headspace before setting out to work.

6. Set up a reward system

Giving yourself rewards, which in my case usually take the form of study breaks, can be beneficial to your productivity. Having something to look forward to incentivizes you to achieve your goals, so take those 15 minutes, eat that frozen yogurt, lounge by the poolside. Treat yourself. You deserve it.

7. Believe in yourself

Arguably the most important of the seven steps. You won’t feel motivated if you don’t believe you can be. Tell yourself that you are capable of doing anything you set your mind to. Even say it out loud. Shout it from the rooftops. Repeat as often as necessary.

Now, with these handy tips go forth, the world and all of its possibilities are at your fingertips. Persevere.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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The Rejuvenating Qualities Of Panama City Beach

There are definitely some healing properties in these ocean waves.

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We have gone to the beach quite a few times this summer season. We live around 2 hours away and try to make it to Panama City Beach at least once a week. It's a venture for sure, but compared to the 7-day drive from The Rockies of Colorado to the Peanut Capital of the World, Dothan, Alabama (a time in which no one has heard of) we can't really make any excuses.

Now, I am sitting here typing away in the early morning while watching a summer storm blow in over the sea but, make no doubt about it, the ocean and its shores are one of the most healing, rejuvenating places on this planet. There is a calm in the break of the waves on the shoreline, and yet it pairs with an unspoken knowledge that the ocean is this uncontrollable force.

This isn't a speech on saving the planet and being eco-friendly, recycling and watching out for our beaches, which is a topic I am very passionate about and a post I would totally create. This is simply an open letter to those who might need to get away in order to revive their souls.

If you are anything like me, you have emotions pulsing through you at all times, ideas about everything under the sun, a longing to explore and adventure, and a deep need for rest, all at the same time. There are not many things in this world that truly satisfy me. There is a lot of disappointment. There is a lot of wrongdoing and suffering. It's overwhelming.

That is why I come to the beach. It removes the overwhelming things.

You see, there is nothing complicated about the waves (unless you make it complicated, but we stay away from people like you). They are simple. They are peaceful. And 99% of the time in my life that is what I need, simplicity and peace. I over-complicate things myself, I make excuses and I feel hurt in most moments of my life. I lived an exposed, vulnerable lifestyle that drains me.

That is why I love the ocean. It replenishes my drained soul. It energizes me. It is motivating and inspiring, relaxing and unwinding.

I don't pass out advice. I never have. I do, however, try living an honest life, always in the moment, so I can share my experiences in hopes that others might find them helpful. That is precisely why I am writing this. Because if you could just get to the beach, to a shoreline, it might change you. Seeing this vast landscape changes your perspective on the situations in your life you thought might overtake you.

The ocean speaks. It heals. It tells your worries to cease and your mind to rest. It tells your body to relax and your busy schedule that there IS time to take a moment. Don't forget to take a moment for yourself this summer season.

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