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How to Motivate Yourself.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them - Walt Disney

What is motivation? Motivation is the drive to achieve your goals or needs.

It is influenced by:

1) how much you want the goal

2) what you will gain

3) your personal expectations

Why is motivation important? Motivation is important because it:

1) provides you with goals to work towards

2) it helps you solve problems

3) It helps you cope with challenges and opportunities Getting motivated Most people struggle with motivation, but it is even more challenging if you have mental health issues such as depression or anxiety.

Here are some tips: Set yourself one specific, achievable goal.

A) Think about how to include that goal in your life, what you need do to make it happen, and then put a timeframe on it (such as a week).

😎 Break your goal into small, easy tasks and set regular reminders.

C) Use your family and friends as support – tell them about your goals and encourage them to help keep you motivated.

Ways to keep on track Make your goal part of your routine by using a diary or app for reminders.

1) Positive self-talk is important and effective in managing depression or anxiety. Instead of saying 'I can't', say 'I can try'.

2) Mindfulness helps keep you relaxed and focused.

3) Start a class or join a support group.

4) Support groups can be as effective as professional help.

5) Reward yourself when you have completed a step or goal.

Ways to stay motivated Here are some tips:

1) Regularly review your goals and progress.

2) Seeing progress is a great motivator in itself, and also improves your self-esteem.

3) Continue to set new goals. Think about what you want to achieve next week, next month and next year.

4) Tackle one goal at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

5) Keep the momentum up. It takes up to 3 months to develop a new habit, so keeping the momentum and routine helps it feel more automatic over time.

6) Find mentors – a mentor is someone who is experienced in the habit you want to change. Finding social or support groups with the same interest can help you find a mentor.

7) Surround yourself with positive people. Positive friends and family enhance your positive self-talk, which also helps to manage the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

8) Use exercise as one of your daily goals to improve your mental health.

* inputs from health direct


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