Confession – this Mama has little to no motivation right now to get myself and everyone out the door.
I think I have a perfectly “good reason” being 35 weeks pregnant and having to chase a 2 and 4 year old to dress them for winter weather (while I can barely dress myself.) However, it really is very unlike me and a bit humbling to say the least. Here I am talking every day about how important it is to get outside every day, and I can barely get myself out there for 15 minutes.
It got me thinking again about how I know I am not the only one out there that feels that way. Depending on the weather, number and ages of children, and attitudes of all involved, getting out consistently can be one of the hardest things you do all day.
However, here’s the other thing: While I am perfectly content right now to rest my aching body, the kids and dog are going crazy. And therefore, so am I. I need a bit of a pep talk (and the freedom to give myself a little break too).
Earlier this week Ann did a post just how to fit outdoor time in. Here’s a few more tips on what to do when you have little to no motivation:
- Give yourself a break – if your motivation is low, there is most likely a good reason. Walking around the block counts too if that is all you can handle.
- That said, remember that often getting out the door is the biggest obstacle. Schedule time into your day and make it happen. More often that not it results in better moods for everyone (yes, even you).
- Tell someone else your outdoor plans – it helps keep you accountable.
- Bring a friend or meet a friend. Destinations are great to have in mind to get you out and moving.
- Injured or otherwise need to be sedentary? Bring your chair or hammock out and bird watch, kid watch or take a nap. Dress for the season. Camp chairs aren’t JUST for summer!
- Plan an adventure. Rent a cabin, ski to a yurt, check out some new trails or spend the day in a canoe (depending on the season, of course). The newness of the adventure is usually enough to get everyone excited.
- Remember that even 15 minutes daily makes a difference. While more is always better, baby steps is just fine.
- Keep in mind that outdoor time helps prevent the onset (and cures too) SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) – preventive measures help keep doctor visits down (and your mind at ease!)
I want to know – what do YOU do when you’re in a funk? Do you find that you DO actually feel better after you get out there? Can you add anything to the list?
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