How to Get Motivated When the Couch is Your Home

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Right now, a time where going out is not really an option, I have found myself getting into a slump. I do not know if you can relate or not, but it has really been hard for me to find the motivation to do anything. Let’s not even talk about how hard it is for me to get my homework done. This is why I created a list of things to do when the only thing you want to do is sit on your couch.

#1. Make a Goal/ Schedule.

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If you knew me a year or 2 ago, I would’ve said schedules never help me and I don’t see the point of them. However now, I feel like I can’t get anything done without one. When I have specific things I want to accomplish for a day, I will write out a schedule the night before. For me, I need to write specific times including when I eat or take a break then look at it first thing in the morning in order for me to finish it. 

I know sometimes it can be hard and stressful thinking about everything needing to get done. It can help if you write everything down in a list, then focus on one thing for the day. Studies have shown that writing things down actually helps you remember more. 

Once you complete your task, if you feel up to it, you can work on another one. When your mind is racing from one thing to another, it can be very hard to focus on one, this is why writing a list down can really help. Remember that what works for someone might not work for others. Try out different styles to figure out what works best for you.

#2. Try to Find Some Inspiration.

For this, you don’t even need to get up. It can be as simple as looking at your computer or phone at things you are interested in. If you have someone you admire or someone who has done what you are trying to accomplish, try looking at them to see what they did so that you can do it too. You can search for hobbies you’ve always wanted to try or read up on a hobby you haven’t had time for in a while. Now is the perfect time to put the focus back on yourself.  Just remember to not spend all your time watching other people.

#3. Get Moving!

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This one does take a little push from yourself, but once you are up, I promise it’ll feel great. It is a proven fact that exercise of any kind improves not only your physical health, but your mental health also. Again, you do not have to go full speed ahead. Someone once said, “You don’t have to go fast, you just have to go.” Instead, maybe start with just a quick 10-minute walk. After you finish, you will notice you feel more energized as well as getting a quick break to clear your head.

Exercise is something I always find an excuse to not do. I will tell myself I don’t have time when I will have nothing else going on. The key is to not make excuses. If you don’t think you have time that day, look at your calendar to see when you will have time. Chances are, it is more often than you think. 

You don’t have to do it alone. It can be fun having other people around. During this time of lockdown, a friend of mine and I will facetime and workout together. It is nice having the chance to spend time with each other and it gives us both a reason to continue. This is a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones while keeping everyone healthy.

#4. Stay Positive.

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Becoming engulfed in thoughts of anxiety and negativity is very easy with the world we live in. It is not long until you lose all motivation when your mind is on the bad things happening around you. This is why trying to stay positive can come in handy. It not only helps yourself but those around you as well. Have you ever noticed how in stressful situations, when one person is calm, it often calms those around them? The same can be said about positivity. 

Sometimes it can be hard. The world is full of sad and negative things. A way to get through it is to find moments in the day to think of things you are grateful for. You can make a mental note or write it down. Either way, this keeps your mind on things that you do have other than things you don’t.

Affirmations are another great way to keep your mind thinking positively. Using “I” statements, repeat this statement or statements to yourself daily. The more you say your affirmation, the more you will believe it and it will become real. Examples are, “I am beautiful,” “I am studious,” or “ I am smart.” You can use any statement as long as it is in the present tense and about yourself. Don’t forget, you’ll never know if they work until you try.

Last, but not least try to stay present in the moment. We don’t realize how much we miss when we are on our phones or thinking of work. Talk to your loved ones, reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, or just spend time with yourself. Benjamin Franklin said, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”.

If you have any more ideas on how to stay motivated, let us know! Feel free to comment, email, or message us on social media. Time to get motivated. You can do it!

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