How hard is it to motivate yourself through your sleepy, heavy, burning eyes, to leap from the undeniable comfort of your squishy, warm, cozy bed, to force yourself out into that chilly morning air, to do exercise? (Eye rolls, after a 40 hour week!).
We ALL know that we SHOULD get up
But it’s hard! We all know that we should get up but some mornings, that internal chatter starts to say:
“Hey you, you’ve worked so hard this week, just close those heavy eyelids, you deserve to sleep’
The little devil’s voice
I HATE that little devil’s voice. It’s the same one that creeps up on me, telling me to indulge in Ben and Jerry’s smothered in chocolate fudge sauce after a really big week. That same little devil’s voice will absolutely come back later in the day if you let him or her win.
Tired, sluggish and feeling podgy
The little devil voice (LDV) will haunt you in the afternoon, reminding you that you are tired, sluggish and feeling podgy because you didn’t get up early.
LDV is quick to remind you how much you deserve to be lazy and chill. But, that same little devil’s voice will keep at you all day/week/year, taking you on one hell of a roller coaster if you let him or her.
The sleep, the naughty food, the laziness in the house instead of socializing with friends or heading over to see your family, because you’re too tired.
LDV can be STOPPED
Don’t get me wrong; LDV is stubborn and incredibly persistent. Say no to the LDV chatter once. Go on, try it. Say no more and watch how empowered you will feel. There are ways to find your motivation when LDV is in full swing and you’ve found yourself in a tired slump.
1. Say no to sugar for a day, make a pact with yourself that no matter what happens, you will say no
It sounds silly. I know, but you just wait until you can high five yourself after a whole day of pushing aside the little devil’s voice telling you that you need the sugar or deserve it. One day rolls into two days and that’s where it all begins.Starting small.
2. Fit in a few exercises at work – squat at your desk (sit up and down in your chair 30 times) or have a lunchtime power walk
A little exercise goes such a long way. A little work will give you a truly amazing result. After you have fit in something small into the tiny amount of time that you do have available to you, (albeit unconventional) you will feel the snowball effect. Squats at work look really odd to everyone else but they work a charm.
3. When you are laying in your bed debating sleeping in, read inspirational quotes for 1 minute before you hit the snooze
Hey, it’s worked for me. The little devil voice is drowned out through the positive chatter. It’s so weird that it works, but it does! Sometimes, we all need a little help. I’m always willing to try different techniques and this one has saved me from LDV a few times.