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Getting Motivated!

by Michael Coughlin |

 

1)  Use a Mantra

These power statements are concise — no more than a sentence long. What matters is hearing it can encourage you to move forward and fight negative thoughts.

2) Simplify

Break things up into smaller manageable tasks. Keeping expectations reasonable will reduce the likelihood of getting overwhelmed.

3) Don’t Feed the Beast

Challenge negative thoughts. Depression feeds (and grows) from negative emotions, like self-pity, self-doubt, and fears. Focus on positive self-talk instead of self-criticism.

4) Stick to Your Schedule​

When life throws you out of balance, your routine is there to comfort and provide some semblance of control over your life. You might not be able to control the highs and lows of your emotions but at least you’ll have control of a fraction of your life.

5) Capitalize On Small Wins

Success begets success. But first you need a kick starter. Start with a small task then use the momentum to push you forward.

6) Move!

A quick 10-15 minute walk or light body movement can boost your energy, lift your mood and create momentum. Any physical activity done for 30 minutes to one hour at least three to five times a week makes you less susceptible to depression.

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