Do you ever find yourself in a mental rut?
Sometimes you have days, or even weeks, whereby as much as a part of you wants to be active, you just can’t bring yourself to do so. It can literally feel like you’re wading through quicksand!
There’s one thing, however, that can not only help get you out of the rut but can help keep you out.
And that is; momentum.
See, the brain is a pattern making machine that’s built to find a route and follow it consistently. It does this because it wants to conserve energy, it’s stingy, and this is why it’s so hard to make a behavioural change, particularly when you don’t ‘feel’ like it. It completely goes against your homeostatic drives.
However, that also means that once you have a habit in place, momentum can be a powerful tool to use to your advantage. After having established a pattern of behaviour, you will continue to follow it, and it will become easier and easier.
In a sense, momentum is far more important than motivation.
Though in the moment it can feel incredibly difficult to get up and break the cycle, there is a similar, repeatable process that you can do which will help you create enough momentum to get out and take action consistently.
Here are five steps to get yourself out of a mental rut.
- Flood your brain with dopamine
If you want to make any behavioural change when you’re dealing low energy and enthusiasm, you have to begin by altering your state. To do that you need to change your neurochemistry by naturally stimulating your dopamine production. Dopamine, sometimes known as the motivation molecule, will help you to feel like you want to get stuff done.
Here are a few ways to boost your dopamine:
- Decrease or eliminate sugar
- Spend time outside in the sun
- Do some high-intensity exercise
- Practice Deep Breathing or Yoga
- Take magnesium and vitamin D supplements
- Set goals
- Set a strong intention
I mentioned setting effective goals as one of the ways to improve dopamine production. This is partially why setting an intention is vital. When you have something to work towards your dopamine naturally increases. The other reason this is so important is that it keeps your mind focused. Mind-wandering is incredibly taxing on your mental energy, and it is much more likely to occur if you don’t have…
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