Things have been quiet at Miro The Brave for a few weeks and I’d like to explain why. It’s not that I didn’t have the inspiration or the tools to get things done.  I had a lot of things I could have written about. It wasn’t that I didn’t have enough time. I had many late night hours at my disposable I just wasn’t utilizing my time correctly. Quite frankly…I just didn’t want to do anything – including creating content.

Over the past month I stopped taking care of myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. I stopped reading books, stopped worshipping, stopped caring about what I ate (read: I wasn’t counting calories to save my life), and I stopped delegating my time for things that truly mattered (also read: I watched a lot of television).

What caused this and what am I doing to get back on track? For starters, work started to wear me out. I would come home at the end of the day exhausted and only looking forward to eating dinner and crashing on the couch. I did that for a few days all the while looking at my growing to do list with angst. I got so behind on the tasks I needed to complete that when I was unable to get everything done in the evenings or on my day off I quit my to do list all together. Once that started the laziness kicked in full force. I ate way too much ice cream and half-heartedly attempted to meet my fitness goals. Reading, writing, and even praying went all the way out of the window. It escalated so quickly!

Don’t get me wrong; I think it’s normal to have periods of stillness. Stillness can bring forth peace and allow you to regroup, recharge, rest and recoup. I had to acknowledge that I did, in fact, need a small break. I needed that time to relax and get myself together so that I could get things done. Extended periods of stillness that lead to a complete standstill, though, can become problematic if left unchecked.

So what did I do to get back on track? It took a lot more than wanting to pray, eat better, get off of the couch, and you know…get stuff done. I had to do it. But before doing it I had to stop beating myself up for taking a break from productivity. I started to pray for positive thoughts and for the willpower to tackle my day. In fact, I started praying consistently about everything. That made a huge impact on my mood. I told my husband when I planned on working out and forced myself to consistently log my meals (because…accountability). I limited my errands to a small list to increase the chances of getting them done and to avoid feeling overwhelmed on my days off from work. I stopped thinking of reading and writing as something I had to do and began reminding myself that these hobbies actually help me relax.  Most importantly, I started to take things one day at a time. I may not get everything done in one day. There may be a day out of the week that I focus on resting and that’s okay. Each day hasn’t been perfect but I’m aiming for progress and not perfection. I feel as if I’m getting back into the swing of things and I’m looking forward to keeping the momentum going!

Have you experienced a lack of motivation in a particular area of your life? What are some ways you fought through it?