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No one talks enough about how our career can affect our mental health. It is a lifelong commitment, which most of us make in our twenties. We choose our career based on our aspirations and future plans, making us mentally attached to our jobs. In addition, we spend most of our day interacting with our colleagues. Hence, the stress and negative events of our office space often end up lowering our motivation.
No matter how much you like what you do, you do need the motivation to sustain your hard work. From office politics to not being recognised for your work, there are a lot of factors which can intensify the feeling of being professionally stuck. When you feel this way, it starts affecting your overall mental health. You might feel anxious, depressed and find it difficult to focus on work. In spite of being ambitious, you might feel like you simply can’t muster up the energy to fulfil your potential.
If you’ve been feeling stuck, you need to take active steps to deal with these emotions. Here are four ways to motivate yourself when your motivation level dips:
It’s so easy to forget why you started in the first place, when you’re feeling low. So, take out your journal or just a piece of paper and write about how you felt, when you started working. Detail out your aspirations, plans and goals along with how things have turned out. Remind yourself of your achievements and how you picked yourself up, when things didn’t go your way. It will serve to remind you of why you started, and how you’ve been resilient through it all.
If it feels difficult to get through each day, try making task lists which can be completed. It can include your time schedule, due dates and the level of priority of each task. Ticking off each task, no matter how big or small, will give you some much-needed motivation and help you get your mojo back. Make sure the task list for each day is doable, or else the task list can actually end up adding to your stress levels.
When you’re overworked and under constant stress, it means you’re going through a burnout. One of the most prominent signs of feeling burnt out is being demotivated. Hence, ensure you’re not working under stress. If you are, take a little break in order to recuperate and you will be able to get back to work, feeling much more motivated.
You have to acknowledge the fact that your career will go through its ups and downs. At times, you will have a streak of achievements that will boost your motivation levels, but there will be times where you’ll experience a lull. It’s a part of any career cycle, and you will have to embrace it to boost your resilience.
You’re your own cheerleader and need to keep yourself motivated to achieve the success you’ve been working so hard for!