The holiday season is drawing to a close as many of us return to employment, study or back to our usual daily routine as memories of long lazy days with the family at the beach seem to drift further and further into the distance. If you are feeling the after-holiday blues, you are not alone.
2018 is going to be a good year. It really is. But all we want to right now is to curl up in a cool part of the house (or tropical island, please) uninterrupted with a good book and graciously ignore everything that needs to be done. You could say we are possibly still in holiday mode and desperately lacking a bit of push to get us through our day and out of our current beach dreaming state.
So with that being said, we’ve compiled 5 top ways to get us, and you motivated today.
1 Get active.
Whether it’s a quick 20 minute walk around the block with the kids, a morning boogie before you start your day to your favourite song, stretching your body between tasks or a beach stroll after work, getting your body moving is one of the best ways to nourish and nurture you on all levels. Too often, we wait to have energy before using energy, but studies show we’re getting it a bit back to front! Exercise improves our energy levels by strengthening the circulation and the heart muscles – sounds like a win-win, right?
2 Choose one thing.
Overwhelm sets in when we have a to-do list a mile long and have no idea where to start. So we avoid it altogether which just makes us even more stressed and stuck in a slump. Priortise, priortise, priortise. Write down one thing that is most important to get done today and when it’s done, cross it off your list. There’s a mental – physical link between completing a task that releases a sense of achievement in our day, giving us a boost to do more!
3 Get accountable.
Have you noticed that when you tell others about something you’re going to do, that you feel disappointed if you don’t follow through with it? When we commit publicly to something, we’re placed in a position where we’re held accountable to getting it done. Tell a friend, family member, co-worker, write it on your forehead in permanent marker (kidding….a little bit!), post it on social media – whatever works for you, be loud and proud about something positive that you’re going to do and then get action steps in place to see it through.
4 Gratitude is the right attitude.
It might seem simple, but when we focus on what we do have, it’s harder for us to stay stuck. Remind yourself of all the positive things that are happening in your life right now, start with 5, say them out loud or write them down and you’ll feel good in the process. Grateful for our sunshine? Check. Grateful for that incredible lunch your co-worker shared with you (nudge, nudge)? Check. The possibilities are endless and when what we focus on multiplies, your motivation tank will be thanking you for the re-charge.
5 Find support.
It can be hard in life to be our own cheerleaders, picking ourselves up, dusting ourselves off and trying to get to where we want to be – exhausting in fact – but with positive support from those who wish to see you succeed, anything is possible. Think of it as the greatest act of self-care – when you allow others to walk alongside you, you are offered a fresh perspective on how you can make changes, move forward and achieve any goals that you’ve got your sights set on. We’ve got a friendly team that range in background and expertise in their chosen fields – someone for everyone – and with services ranging from health coaching to Maori health, nutrition, massage, sports development/testing and much more, we cover all the bases and we’re proud to do so. We’d be honoured to be not only your cheerleader, but your familiar face to help you on your way. You can look at what else we offer under ‘Services’, or contact us through our website to find out more.