It's easy to make excuses for not getting out of the house, or not doing (fill in the blank) when we're not feeling great within ourselves.
It can be our conditioned default response when we feel bad to start telling ourselves we *are bad, or lazy, or not good enough, or not deserving of feeling good.
The truth is feelings pass, with or without our input. Something can happen to change our mood, or we can do something to change our mood.
I know I don't have to repeat all the benefits of exercise on mood and motivation, because you probably know most already.
What's more of a challenge is changing the way we've always thought. "Oh, I can't go. I'm just not motivated today."
"No, I'm not going. I'm not in a good mood."
"I had a rough day, so I'm just going to stay home." You cannot get motivated if you're not doing things to motivate yourself. Staying home on the couch does nothing to inspire or lift your mood.
Motivation comes from doing.
You have to do the action to get the feelings.
You can't switch on motivation; if you could, you wouldn't make excuses.
Do things to get the positive feelings. Wishing doesn't get you anything unless you're doing the actions that lead you to your wish.
On your bad days, your worst days, the good days, the long and tiring days, get out and do your PT session, or your group class, or go for a walk.
Do something that consumes physical energy in a positive way. It will distract you from your mental woes, it's stress relief, and doing something good for yourself always makes you feel better.
Doing those things consistently means you'll have those positive feelings longer and more often.
So turn up. At the very least, you're getting away from all the things you have going on for 30 minutes and that is simple, necessary self care. If you don't look after you, who will?
PS...Metafit is on this Tuesday cup day. Business as usual! See you there!
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