How Do You Motivate?

With the intense energy of spring building into busy summertime activities like vacations, family get-togethers, camping, hiking, and holidays, it can be hard to feel like you’re ready to handle it all.

Feeling overwhelmed by activities and responsibilities can lead to pessimism, and feeling sort of cloudy and disconnected from the things that bring you joy. When that starts happening, it’s time to recenter and give yourself some space to recharge!

5 Quick Tips to Restore Your Motivation

Treat yourself

“Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen.” ― Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks

You deserve nice things! It doesn’t have to be anything big, but just give yourself something nice. It could be a snack you enjoy, an extra five minutes in bed, or finally pushing “buy it” on something you’ve considered buying but just couldn’t decide. Treating yourself a little nicer can go a long way toward boosting your spirits and keeping you going.

Ditch the junk

“The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.” ― Marie Kondō, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Clutter in your home can become clutter in your mind and in your heart. You don’t necessarily have to become a full KonMari fanatic to reap the benefits of a cleaner space. For just one week, try to spend about five minutes each day tidying an area that just… stresses you out when you look at it. That “little” pile of laundry near the bed? Does a counter or table gather junk mail? Laser focus on the areas you use each day. At the end of the week, check in with yourself: doesn’t it feel a little lighter and brighter in your home?

Improve your space

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Above and beyond de-junking your home, it’s important to truly enjoy it! Beauty can sustain us in ways we don’t even expect. Beauty also comes in many forms. You could put out new curtains. You could buy some new plants. You could play your favorite music. You can make your home smell beautiful, too! Use your favorite essential oils to make your home smell nicer.

Get some rest

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” ― Ralph Marston

It’s a go-go-go world but one thing that stays true no matter what is that you need rest! If you feel like you can’t do it all, maybe, at this moment, you can’t. Respect the signals your body is sending you when you get sluggish and just don’t want to keep going and rest yourself. Whether it’s getting to bed earlier, taking a five minute break during a long task, or adding more pauses in your daily life, making time for rest will reward you with so many benefits.

Tap into essential oils

“Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.” ― Vladimir Nabokov

Every minute of every day, we’re creating moments that make up our memories, and our past. Positive memories can be powerfully motivating. With the aid of aromatherapy, you can train yourself to unlock your own personal arsenal of positive memory power.

DoTERRA has a blend specifically for those seeking to recommit to getting focused: Motivate. It features Peppermint, Clementine, Coriander Seed, Basil, Yuzu, Melissa, Rosemary, Vanilla Bean Absolute. There are many essential oils that promote positivity, but Motivate is, well, tailor made for motivating! Soft vanilla, bright citrus, and cool herbal notes make it excellent for pretty much any use, too.

Before you start an activity to self-improve, or organize, or motivate: try breathing in some Motivate. Over time, you may find you associate the aroma of Motivate with feeling good, and getting things done.