Ways to Motivate Yourself Forward

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Have you ever had one of those days where your energy level is low? Where leaving the house seems like a huge feat. I am not talking about people suffering from depression or feeling sick. Just the kind of day where you want to be a “lump on a log.”

I had that kind of day yesterday. I just went with it and enjoyed the ride  But sometimes you have work, meeting or project to finish. Here are some ways to try and get you moving again.

Rest: The first step is a good night’s rest. For some of us, it is nearly impossible because of work schedules. It’s hard to get motivated on 4 hours of sleep. Stepping away from the gadgets an hour or ½ hour to bed will help.

Water: We are mostly made of water, and we suffer if we don’t drink enough. So, make sure that this is taken care of. I use mint drops or oils to enhance the taste of the water. I bought a filter system (berkey) and the water tastes much better. Use whatever method you need to make sure drinking water is enjoyable and not a difficult.

Exercise: This is a straight forward one for most of us. I tried exercise a couple of days ago to wake up. I did about 25 jumping jacks, and that did the trick. It feels good to get the blood flowing.

Music: Turn of the tunes and go with the flow. I have turned on Pandora music and selected “Red Hot Chile Peppers.” Let the music motivate you.

Smells: I have never tried smells to energize myself. But I could see where it could get you moving once more. The linked article talks about five smells to wake you up. Oranges, peppermint, lemons, eucalyptus, and grapefruit. Click here for a full description

Below are other articles or websites that may help you. I highly recommend Pyschtronics; they have a lot of great information on psychology.

5 Amazing Theories of Motivation—Psychtronics

How To Motivate Yourself – Self Motivation – Pick Your Brain

25 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself – Positivity Blog

Traumatic Life Events Biggest Cause of Anxiety, Depression

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Oct. 16, 2013 — A study by psychologists at the University of Liverpool has found that traumatic life events are the biggest cause of anxiety and depression, but how a person thinks about these events determines the level of stress they experience.

Researchers from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society analysed the responses of over 32,000 participants, aged 18 — 85 years, who completed the BBC’s `Stress Test’, an online survey to explore the causes and consequences of stress.

The study — the biggest of its kind in the UK- found that traumatic life events were the single biggest determinant of anxiety and depression followed by a family history of mental illness and income and education levels. Relationship status and social factors made smaller — but still significant -contributions to stress. However, the results revealed that a person’s thinking style was as much a factor in the level of anxiety and depression a person experienced. Continue reading

Keeping Emotions in Check May Not Always Benefit Psychological Health

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Oct. 28, 2013 — Being able to regulate your emotions is important for well-being, but new research suggests that a common emotion regulation strategy called “cognitive reappraisal” may actually be harmful when it comes to stressors that are under our control. The study is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

“Context is important,” says psychological scientist and lead researcher Allison Troy of Franklin & Marshall College. “Our research is among the first to suggest that cognitive reappraisal may actually have negative effects on psychological health in certain contexts.” Continue reading