I have never felt like this in my life!
No, just kidding…
I spent YEARS feeling like this.
And, sometimes, even now, I have my days.
So, what can you do to snap out of these tired & unmotivated funks?
As always, love, be aware.
Be aware that you are tired and unmotivated!
Examine any triggers that may have caused these feelings.
For example, I found that I was EXHAUSTED after practicing meditation at a particular place. After sitting for 1-2 hours, which is no big deal for me usually, I had no energy left. I literally would need to go home and lay in bed. It happened often enough that I made the connection, and stopped meditating at this particular place.
Keep a journal.
Include in your journal your feelings and energy levels. Journaling makes awareness a much easier process day to day. You will be able to see when you feel tired and unmotivated as well as any possible triggers.
If you are feeling tired and motivated, you may be chronically under-rested. Make an effort to get more sleep.
Practice better sleep hygiene. Get a blue light filter on the screens you use before bed. This is what I use.
Or better yet, shut screens off 30 minutes prior to bed time.
Play with your sleep window to maximize your energy.
To wake up at 4:30 every morning, I know I need to go to sleep by 9:30. That ensures I get enough sleep to function well.
Remarkably, I have more energy throughout the day when I wake up at 4:30am than when I sleep until 7-8 am.
Ayurveda has a theory about this. Each time of day is connected to a dosha. When you rise between 3-6 am, you rise during vata time. This is the best possible time to rise! It is a time of lightness and clarity.
You are in alignment with the waking of the world and the rising of the sun. This is extremely supportive of good energy, accessing your true nature, and creating a healthy circadian rhythm.
Do it anyway!
It’s time for a little tough love. I’ve already given you permission to rest more, and I mean it. Sometimes we need a day off, a nap, or to sleep in.
But day in and day out, you need to find a sustainable routine that works for you.
Don’t feel like exercising? Do it anyway. You will actually have more energy throughout the day. You will also feel better about yourself, and have a sense of accomplishment.
Don’t feel like making a healthy meal? Do it anyway. You will feel so much better eating something healthy than indulging in junk food. The junk food will only tax your digestive system, further decreasing your energy and causing other problems.
Don’t feel like meditating or practicing yoga? Again, do it anyway. Even if it’s 5 minutes of sitting meditation, or 20 minutes of light stretching. In the long run, you will be glad you did.
Never ever did anyone regret going to a yoga class…Just go!
Tap into what motivates you.
Grab your journal, and honestly answer the questions:
- what makes you feel excited?
- what activities make you lose track of time?
- when do you feel most alive?
- who are people that motivate and inspire you?
- what dreams keep coming up again and again for you?
Organize your life so that you do more of the things that make you feel excited, alive, and lose track of time.
Spend as much time as possible around people who uplift, inspire, and motivate you to be yourself more fully. In person is best, but online works too! Watch inspiring content.
Take action every day toward accomplishing those recurring dreams of yours.
Where are you leaking out energy that could be used better?
Are you binge watching Netflix when you could be going on a hike, taking a trip, creating art, or doing something else that fills your soul?
Is there a person in your life who you allow to suck your energy?
Honestly evaluate where your energetic drains are, and set boundaries!
Manage your time better, so that you prioritize the activities and people that make your life worth living.
If there’s time left, you can binge on Netflix afterwards!
The more you plug your energetic leaks with healthy boundaries and good time management skills, the more time you will have to enjoy your life!
Get extra support.
Enlist the help and expertise of the health coach, life coach, and/or other holistic health practitioner to help you see your blind spots.
It is often so much easier for someone else to tell you where all your energy is leaking out than to see it for yourself. This is where health coaches and life coaches are so helpful. They will help you realize your deepest insights and hold you accountable to make the changes you desire.
A holistic health practitioner can also be of assistance in getting labs done, and checking up on your biology and physiology. You may find clearer, more specific answers as to why you feel chronically exhausted. You may need to dial in your diet and supplements.
Again, a health coach can help you make the changes suggested by your holistic doctor. It’s one thing to prescribe a healthy diet, and another to actually practice it day to day.
Here’s what to do if you feel tired and unmotivated:
- Be aware that you are tired and unmotivated.
- Keep a journal to track any triggers.
- Play with your sleep window to maximize your energy.
- Do it anyway…the healthy stuff, that is!
- Tap into what and who motivates you.
- Take inventory of energetic leaks.
- Get extra support.
Namaste, friend. It’s so important to take the time to figure this out, because we all need you to be the best you possible and do what you came here to do!
Are you serious about improving your health?
Do you want ongoing support in achieving your health goals?