Ever felt an extreme lack of motivation for your health, fitness and overall wellbeing?
Maybe you’re bored, struggle to stick to an exercise program, and get tired of the same eating plan over and over?
Like you just feel ambivalent… and have maybe found yourself in a state of confusion where you just can’t seem to work out why you don’t even seem to care about yourself or anything anymore? Does that sound like you here and there?
I remember feeling like this at times in my life, especially when juggling toddlers and full time work. I remember being pulled out of my vitality zone so many times in the last 4 years due to the mountainous pressures of being an entrepreneur and Mum, so hand on my heart I get you!
But the truth is every time I turn back to cleansing and lifestyle choices that lift my energy rather than deplete it, all my motivation comes back, in droves and in a very strong and real way.
I go to bed happier, I wake up brighter and lighter and my mind is sharp, and I am far more productive than I can ever imagine, in comparison to that of when I am off track. Feeling tired, wired, anxious and depressed is something that we all feel, and we as Naturopaths love to address.
It’s also mental health week this week 7th - 13th in Australia, so I think this is a good time to celebrate some great tips you can implement today and tomorrow.
Being in a positive state has significant impact on our motivation, productivity, and wellbeing.
Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are responsible for our happiness. Many events can trigger these neurotransmitters, but rather than being in the back seat, there are ways we can deliberately cause them to flow, so that we can take hold of the steering wheel again with control and certainty about our future happiness. Sound fun?
So tonight I want to discuss this topic of feeling ambivalent and lacking motivation and give you 15 fast actionable tips that I use to GET MOTIVATED and HAPPIER and give you mediation and NLP strategies to get you there fast.
15 TIPS TO INCREASE MOTIVATION AND YOUR HAPPY CHEMICALS
1. CALIBRATE WHERE YOU ARE
Set a timer for 10 mins, close your eyes and take in 3 deep breaths. In for 5 through your nose, hold at the top for (5 secs), and then release through your mouth for another 5 seconds. During this breathing exercise and mediation, I want you to ask yourself “WHAT AM I FEELING RIGHT NOW AND WHAT THOUGHTS AM I HAVING AT THE SAME TIME?” This will calibrate your emotional and physical state and make your brain aware of what you don’t want, whether that is boredom, anxiety, depression, ambivalence or complete lack of motivation….
2. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WANT INSTEAD
Then I want you to ask yourself this golden NLP question “WHAT DO YOU WANT INSTEAD?” Visualise it out in front of you or inside your mind or whatever is right for you, and then feel it in every part of your body..... how having ONLY WHAT YOU WANT INSTEAD feels?
Smile and notice your breathing, maybe some other sounds, or smells or memories that you can reference in that moment. Lock in those epic moments. Great well done. You made that distinction and did the necessary comparative analysis between both the unwanted negative state and positive wanted state, to get your brain moving towards what you desire. Now you are aware of what you WANT INSTEAD?
3. ENHANCE DOPAMINE BY CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENT OF TINY GOALS
So once you have done that I want you to write a list of your top 5 goals that you would like to achieve in 30, 60, 90 days from now?
Write it down.
Dopamine motivates us to take action towards our needs and goals and spikes in higher amounts once we achieve them. Now be smart with these larger goals by breaking them down into tiny goals and then the secret formula is to celebrate each tiny achievement throughout your day, in what ever way is right for you.
This will get your dopamine flowing. Remember to ensure your goal setting action occurs ahead of achieving those tiny victories each day. Gotta stay motivated so keep setting goals ahead of time.
4. GET WORKOUT GEAR READY THE NIGHT BEFORE
If working out is one of your goals, get your gym bag ready or lay out all your workout gear the night before so when you wake up in the morning, like a robot at times, you just put on your gear and go! That can be a walk or high intensity interval training or any other sport at all that stimulates release of your happy neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, oxytocin and the enkephalins.
5. ENHANCE SEROTONIN BY REFLECTING ON PAST SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS & VICTORIES
It’s funny but serotonin tends to ramp up in production when you feel like you matter or you feel significant and important. Take a moment now if you have time to reflect on a time in your life that you can remember, that made you feel important. Can you remember one? Notice how that feels. You can use this trick whenever you need a boost of serotonin!
6. SUN FOR VITAMIN D AND SEROTONIN PRODUCTION
Take lunch outside or wherever you are so you can catch some rays on those days when you can. The UV rays for a short amount of time stimulates vitamin D production and boosts serotonin levels. Nice. That's why I love equatorial and tropical climates the most.
7. GIVE SOMEONE YOU LOVE A HUG
This will boost your cuddle hormone oxytocin, which is in charge of intimacy, trust and loving relationships. This not only reduces stress hormones in your body but strengthens your immune system. Give yourself a challenge and see if you can hug 3 people you have that urge to just because you will both feel more connected with this hormone and happier as a result. Giving gifts also surges this cuddle hormone. Its all about love, appreciation, reward, gratitude and connection.
8. 14 DAY SMART CLEANSE
After 3-4 days your sleep will feel so good, you will wake up happier, your anti-ageing and fat -burning - human growth hormone (HGH), will have kicked in and all the happy chemicals will be at an all time high due to your body detoxifying and taking a break from habits that were leaving you feeling tired, wired and ambivalent.
9. BOOST ENDORPHIN RELEASE WITH THESE OTHER TOP 6 SECRETS!!!
Endorphins are released during a runners high. Put on your sneakers and get moving with a friend, partner, or just solo. Runners high mimics a post recovery analgesia and sedation state, diminishing our perception of pain. So we feel comfort!
Laugh to enhance endorphin release. Attend a comedy show, be funny where appropriate, tell a joke (one you know lol), forwarding that funny email, and see the humour in life. This is scientifically proven to boost endorphins!
Also vanilla and lavender, dark chocolate (a few squares only) and spicy foods have all been proven to release endorphins.
Hope this helps!
Your Naturopath and Coach,
BHSc, ND, Master NLP