I’ve been super unmotivated lately. I posted about it on Instagram. I was actually referring to just IG in that post but if I’m honest, I’ve been unmotivated in every area of my life. The house feels overwhelming and I don’t want to do anything about it. I have feelings of resentment and aggravation towards the other people who share this space with me, bless their hearts. I haven’t wanted to send an email because I have nothing to say in it. I’m not inspired. I’m not feeling creative. I’m struggling to focus. And the only work that’s not overwhelming me is the Law Office because I have clear tasks and someone else telling me what to do. Cue the violin.
But I got some really nice feedback from my IG folks and here are the two things that stuck out the most:
1. I might be experiencing burnout.
So I googled “burnout” and well that makes sense. I get like this EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. after the Empowerment Tour. It makes me anxious because I wonder if I’ll ever want to work again. I mean, come on, I took the whole week off…sort of. But burnout was not even on my radar. So here’s what I’m going to do about it: I’m giving myself permission to sit with it. Instead of trying to figure out a way to get my rear in gear, I’m giving myself permission to not do anything…to just BE. It’s tough for an #enneagram3 to do nothing even though doing nothing is what’s best. But here is the mental shift = giving myself permission. The last few weeks, doing nothing felt forced, like I had no control over it, which meant that I judged myself for it. Even though I physically wasn’t doing much, my mind was thinking of all the things I “should” be doing:
You gotta send that email, you haven’t written a blog in a while, Yoga + Mimosas is coming up, you better get a reminder out, you better post in that event, don’t forget that Mr. Tucker can only be scheduled for hearings on Thursdays or Fridays, you have to post to Instagram, come up with something inspiring, or funny, or something!
That mental shift of giving myself permission, gives ME control over what I do and don’t do. And all of those judgements and racing thoughts begin to quiet.
2. Try (or share) something NEW
This is brilliant! If you’re feeling unmotivated in your practice, posting to Instagram, or are bored with your life, trying something new! Trying something new takes you out of your comfort zone, breaks boredom and changes your brain!
I’ve already started sharing some new things on IG and I feel a sense of renewed motivation! (I’m running the Augusta Half Marathon and I’m going to be sharing my training and tips for that!)
Sharing something new can be intimidating, especially if you have a substantial following. We tend to think that they only follow us for that one reason. But here’s some good news! There has been a shift in what people want out of Instagram so you might as well take advantage of it. I see yogis running, rock climbing, and doing Crossfit. People want more REAL and less perfectly curated posts. And if you’re moving in a different direction or if you need a break from the norm, then that’s REAL and we want to know about it! If you’re in a funk, try something new and tell us about it!
1. Start sharing my running journey to my Stories.