I Don’t Feel Like It
David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer

Do you ever have days when you just don’t feel like it? It could be anything; don’t feel like going to work, don’t feel like exercising, or don’t feel like focusing on your growth. The first thing to realize is that it’s a normal reaction. It’s actually okay that you feel that way. Not okay to stay feeling that way, but it is normal.

When you’re in that slump, start by taking an inventory of where you are. Has anything changed in your life? Are you under the weather? Are you getting enough rest? We often miss the impact that hydration, nutrition, and rest can have on our moods and energy levels. According to the Mayo Clinic, men need 15.5 cups and women need 11.5 cups of water per day. A quick Google search showed me that chips, muffins, and burgers make you feel sluggish. Now that’s a bummer!

The next step is to clean up. That’s right, straighten up at work and home. Clutter and unfinished projects weigh us down. Take some time, tie up loose ends, put things in their place and give yourself a fresh start. Having long to-do lists can cause stress and drive down motivation, so take your list and schedule the tasks in your planner. As you begin working on your plan, your motivation will increase.

And don’t forget to get some exercise. Get your heart pumping, and, if possible, get outside. It’s okay if it’s cold—you won’t freeze that easily. According to a University of Georgia study, as little as 20 minutes of low to moderate aerobic exercise, three days a week, for six weeks can increase energy levels and decrease feelings of fatigue. Along with increasing your energy, the fresh air also increases mental sharpness. The increased intake of oxygen results in increased brain function and improved concentration.

As G.D. Morgan said, “It is easier to act yourself into a new way of feeling rather than feel your way into a new way of acting.”

If you would like to hear more tips on increasing motivation and getting back on track, please join Marisa Norcross and me for Episode 138 of The Next Page podcast—or maybe you just want to wait until you feel like it.

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