Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Therapy Spot! This week, I’d like to talk about motivation, and how to move forwards when you’re stuck in procrastination.
We all experience periods of apathy, low mood, or low motivation. These periods can show up in different ways:
- “The things I need feel far away and out of reach.”
- “With everything on my plate, I don’t even know where to start — so I never start!”
- “I know all the things I’m supposed to do, but I just can’t seem to do them.”
You might get stuck in low motivation if your critic speaks louder than your coach. That means you hear all the negatives and none of the positives! No wonder you struggle to get up and go.
Luckily, you can get out of this apathy rut and move forwards. Listen to my three step “Procrastination Prescription” to help you find what I like to call your “growing edge.” Once you find this “growing edge,” you can move towards a place of higher motivation.
The Procrastination Prescription is a helpful tool for anyone struggling with low motivation — but it’s only one item in your inventory. The more you expand your toolkit, the better you will feel!
A Well-Stocked Tool Box
I encourage those of you with a loud self critic to remember that part has good intentions. Do you need to brush up on Self Compassion? Check out my post on “6 Things to Say to Break the Negative Thought Cycle” to get started.
Depression and anxiety also feed into the feeling of low motivation and apathy. If you think your low mood might stem from depression, you’re not alone. After her own struggles with depression, Amy Wientraub developed Yoga for Depression as a form of mood management. This fits perfectly in line with number five on my First Aid Kit for depression and anxiety!
I hope this podcast helps you step out of apathy and into a more motivated state of mind. Thank you so much for joining me this week.
“Procrastination – A1” by Flickr user Rachel Fisher, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.