5 Ways To Start Your Day...When You Don't Feel Like It

Do you ever find yourself not wanting to get out of bed on a given morning to face work, traffic, and the dozens of tasks awaiting?

Do you ever find yourself so tired that you just don’t want to go to work, or drive to practice, or go grocery shopping?

Have you ever found yourself complaining about all the things you need to do and that you don’t have the time or energy to do it?

Chances are if you’re anything like me, you have. There is good news, my friends, you’re not alone! We have all been there, and will probably be there again very soon.

The challenge is not that these feelings arise, it is what we will do when they come.

These distractions and negative emotions are real and do return. We need to overcome them and be prepared to move forward in spite of them.

Here are 5 strategies and attitudes to help you move forward when you just don’t feel like it:

  1. Go: Seriously. Just get up and get moving. Don’t think about the work, the day, or your to-do list…yet. Just do something you love. Have some coffee, pray, read, exercise…get your body and mind on something you like and get started.
  2. Grateful: Start your day thankful for the opportunity to have one. Many people didn’t get today, or they lay ill and unable to do much with it. If you can get up, then you can give thanks. Take a few minutes and be thankful for what you have.
  3. Give encouragement: Someone out there needs you. Think of someone to send a quick text too and let them know they are special. Lift them up, tell them they are loved, give a little encouragement to another person to help make their day.
  4. Get your list done: What are the most important things you need to accomplish today? Write them down and put them in priority by what is most important. Don’t skip around and do easy ones. Do the most important things first.
  5. Grab a toast: At the end of your day, take a moment to celebrate. Have a glass of wine or lemonade, high five a friend, do a little dance, make a little noise. It is important to recognize that you made it. One of the best parts of life is the fun. Take time out to simply say, “I did it.” The ride isn’t always easy, so set time out to enjoy, laugh, and live a little.