It’s the middle of March. Your classes are ramping up, there’s still another 2 months to go and you just got back from 10 days off. It’s safe to say that most of us are pretty beat – especially those who went to the beach and are missing it with all of their heart (me). From my experience, the week after spring break is the worst as far as motivation is concerned. Our courses are moving at an even faster pace, our brains are still in vacation-mode and the weather is far from ideal. However, here are 3 ways to keep your motivation and positivity flowing into the rest of the semester:
Set clear, attainable goals
What is it that you want to achieve? Losing 5 pounds by the end of the year? Getting a 4.0? When you set clear goals you have an objective to hold yourself to. According to a Harvard study, the act of setting achievable goals actually increases motivation. There have also been studies that conclude that writing down your goals substantially increases your likelihood of reaching them. Set goals by taking a step back to figure out what it is you want to get done, and give yourself a timeline. Then, be mindful of your goals to consistently make the right choices that push you in the right direction. Anyone can achieve what they want! “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”
Positive thinking helps create value in your life and increases energy. According to Barbara Fredrickson, a positive psychologist from UNC, positive thinking makes life more enjoyable and naturally increases your motivation. There are a few ways to increase positivity: meditation, writing, and play. It’s important to schedule some time to break away from the stress and calm your mind (every Wednesday ‘Madison Meditates’ has group meditation where no experience is required), write (especially about the positives in life), and do something you like. The productivity of your daily life will improve if you keep your mind healthy.
There’s no better increase in your well-being than giving your body what it needs: great food, great exercise and great mental health. Take time to work out by joining an intramural team or club sport, lifting weights, going on a run or swimming. UREC also has classes on how to cook and eat healthier. Another imperative way to stay healthy is mental health. Akin to staying positive, mental health is directly correlated with physical health and motivation. Getting stronger mentally will lead to more self-discipline, better grades and enhanced quality of life. Eat right, work out, make time to get happy, and enjoy your success.
Don’t let the last few weeks get the best of you! You’ve got this-set some goals, stay positive and make sure you’re staying on top of your health. That way you’ll achieve whatever you want. Make today a great day!