Hello there, mamas! Today I want to be quite personal and share with you tips that worked for me to combat laziness.
Where I’m from, laziness is something unforgivable, everyone despise it, but not a lot of people try to find the reasons behind it and try to fix them. Unfortunately, we are still living in a world where mental health is not considered important, or is not understood, and this is just sad.
I was always a lazy person, on some level. I have exceeded in school, but was terrible with making friends and cleaning my bedroom. At a certain point, my whole life was a mess. This was due to laziness, but behind this I had a very bad depression that affected my life on many levels.
When mentally you are not right, it’s normal for your body to react and not get the best results.
Here are some tips that helped me combat laziness and get my life back on track:
- Aim for a healthier lifestyle. This includes eating more vegetables and fruits, avoid sugary drinks and snacks, fizzy drinks or alcohol, sleep at least 8 hours a night and stretch for at least 10 minutes in the morning. The healthier you are physically, the quicker your mental recovery will be. More energy means you will be able to focus and get things done. I must admit I don’t always chose the healthier options, but I can always see the difference when I’m not.
- Make small, achievable goals. You need to make your goals SMART in order to be able to reach them and build up your motivation. You can find here a step by step guide to that. I like to visualise my journey to reach my goals and I make a chart/to do list that I can see often and mark down when I’ve made one more step into achieving my goal. This works for me and makes me happy.
- Plan things ahead. I use to do lists, pen and paper or my phone to write down my chores, my tasks. When I see it, I visualise it and can focus better. You might just need to think your steps ahead without writing them down and to be alright for you, or you might need a vision board. The important thing is to plan, for you to know already what to do, instead of losing motivation due to lack of organization.
- Surround yourself with positivity. I love people that are passionate, as there is something about them so contagious and thrilling, that makes me rethink my goals and fight more for them. Being surrounded by negativity will throw you down and slow down your results. One of my favourite people in the world to follow is Jamie Oliver, although I am a terrible cook. Cooking is not my strong suit, but his passion is so wonderful, that I like to refill my energy and positivity by watching him talk about recipes, plans, ideals, and when he is in the kitchen and starts making a meal he looks like dancing. To me, that brings a lot of joy and makes me follow my dreams and reminds me that is always a way to get where I want in life.
- Make sure you’re not overwhelmed and ask for help when you need it. I am known for starting more projects at once and getting overwhelmed after a while, not knowing what else to do to complete my tasks. Asking for help is a strength and it makes us humans. Being a mom, woman, wife and daughter, having a job and a social life as well, it is hard for anyone. Nowadays, during the Covid-19 experience, we all suffer with mental breakdowns and some levels of low mood. Asking for help is more important than ever!
- Reward yourself. I love having small rewards in my journeys. If it is a house cleaning project, I reward myself by having a nice, long bath with music and bath bombs and scented candles. At least I try to have it. If it is a weight journey, I reward myself with a new outfit. If it’s anything related to work, I reward myself with some quality training time or a break from work where I focus on family only. It all depends on my goals and events that lead up to it, so that the reward is always something I’m looking forward to and that keeps my motivation up.
- Enjoy your lazy time. I know how this sounds, considering the title of this blog post, but being lazy from time to time it refills your energy, it makes you value more your productivity and it helps you detach and reconsider your options. Having a break from your little projects it’s human like and it’s healthy. Don’t beat yourself too hard and be OK with stumbling from time to time.
I hope you find these tips helpful and that you would share with us what else worked for you.