Are you feeling uninspired lately? If the answer is yes, then this post is for you.
I want to begin by sharing that I have been feeling unmotivated. Writing this blog was a challenge, which is shocking because I love blogging. However, I know the source of my lethargy – the impending completion of my master’s degree.
You may be thinking, “what’s wrong with this girl, this should be a season of celebration.” You’re right. But being a grad student is a core part of my life. In fact, I have become accustomed to late and sleepless nights to complete a mountain of assignments and readings. Knowing this will soon change is scary as school gave me purpose.
Perhaps you are experiencing something similar. Whether you’re feeling the blues or sense the need to embark on a new adventure, we can sometimes use an extra push. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to get going because you don’t know exactly where to begin. “Should I go left or right?” you may ask. The truth is everything can be confusing at this stage and there is not necessarily a right answer.
So the question is, how do you change feeling uninspired? Below are a few suggestions. Remember there is no hard rule about these tips. Something else may work best for you.
Five Things to Do When You Feel Uninspired:
Be thankful. Often when we experience a lack of passion or creativity, our perspective gets darkened. It’s easy to complain and be ungrateful because we have so little energy. Nevertheless, you can appreciate the great things that are happening in your life. For starters, you have life. Therefore, every day is an opportunity for things to get better.
Rest. Taking a break may seem counterproductive, but laying aside what to do next for a moment could be the trick. As humans, we always want to be busy. We are constantly on the go. Yet, being occupied doesn’t mean you are fulfilled. In fact, we can fill up our time with things that deplete us rather than strengthens our minds and bodies. Rest from your labours so that you can be refreshed and find true inspiration.
Take care of yourself. Are you eating well and exercising? Your body is your temple. If it is not treated well by being fed the right foods and keeping active, there will be no perk in your step. Also, be sure to take vitamins as a deficiency zaps your energy.
Set goals. Do you need a new job? Have a business idea? Want to purchase a home? Whatever it is that you desire in this lifetime, make it a priority that you will work towards. For example, set a time frame to achieve those things and keep yourself committed to it. When we have goals in life, we feel alive because we are building our capacities and there is something to look forward to. Remember not to set goals that are too big, such as being a billionaire by 30, if you know it’s unattainable (e.g. no job or money saved, even if you can cash it in with an innovative idea). Plus, don’t sweat it if the more reasonable goals are not accomplished at the set time. Keep working at it.
Talk to someone. In society, there are still stigmas about talking to a therapist. I think it may have something to do with people thinking they are perfect. However, it would be best if you didn’t care about what others might say. From my experience, feeling uninspired can also be a sign of other things going on. Perhaps depression or anxiety. A therapist can help you sort through these feelings. If seeing a mental health professional turns you off, lean upon trusted family members or friends. Just ensure to get the support you need.
Life is full of ebbs and flows. The good news is that feeling uninspired is a natural part of life. According to life coach Sarah Vickery, “you are more driven to make a change when you have to question your life.” Although this can be an uncomfortable experience for most, you realized that you want more out of life and are not content with staying the same. Welcome this opportunity for growth that will propel you to the path that you want to lead!