How to Motivate Yourself on “Off” Days

We all have those days when we just don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning. Those days we’d rather just stay in bed watching series and YouTube videos, with our dog or cat on the bed. But sometimes we have things to do on those days, and that is why we need to be able to motivate ourselves.

I’m not saying it’s easy to just get up and motivate yourself. Not at all. But I want to encourage you to get up, even on the days you’re feeling off – whether it is because of heartbreak, disappointment, or even anxiety – and get stuff done regardless of how you feel, facing your day with a smile.

Honour your commitments, plans and (personal) goals to the best of your ability.

Below are some tips on how to motivate yourself when you’re feeling low.

Put on a smile

Even if you don’t feel like it at all, smile. Fake it till you make it.

(There’s so many reasons to smile).

Start your day with a workout

Exercising has countless benefits, including making you happier. In fact, it has been proven that exercise improves your mood and decreases feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. It also gives you more energy to help you face the day with vitality (that’s why it’s better to work out in the mornings).

 Find a mantra

A mantra is a phrase you repeat to yourself as self-motivation. Different mantras suit different situations, so find one that works best for you. For example, if you’re constantly worried about the future, remind yourself to focus on the present instead by using the mantra “Be here now”. Or, if you have issues related to self-esteem, tell yourself “I am enough”. You get the idea.

(You can find my personal favourite mantras here.)

Meditate: Think happy

Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and to lift your spirits. Instead of putting too much energy into thinking of whatever is making you feel down, rather make a mind shift to things that make you happy.

It could be your happy place, like the beach or the gym, or a person(s) who make you happy, or anything similar. Focus on that. Close your eyes and visualise whatever makes you happy. Use your memory to make it more real by remembering the sensations associated with it.

Surround yourself with positive people

They say “your vibe attracts your tribe”. Well, you can look at it the other way around, too: Your tribe attracts your vibe. If you surround yourself with optimistic, uplifting people, their optimism will most likely rub off on you too.

The groups of people you spend time with are highly likely to influence who you become – think peer pressure.

For instance, if your close friends are people who do parkrun every weekend, you’ll probably start doing parkrun with them. If your family follows a healthy diet, you will too.


So these are my basic tips on motivating yourself on days you feel off. Spread the love and share your own motivation tips by commenting. I’d love to hear from you!

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