August 22, 2011
It is very challenging to get motivated when you are not feeling good about your situation. It’s normal for individuals to experience a drop in motivation following loss. Survivors may also experience a lack of motivation resulting from the injury to their brain. In any instance, a lack of motivation can result in the person becoming isolated and taking a direct hit to their self-esteem. It’s a vicious circle… don’t feel motivated, feel awful about myself, feel awful about myself… don’t feel motivated. Breaking the cycle isn’t easy, but it can be done. It requires determination, creativity and most of all, patience.
If you or someone you are supporting needs help getting motivated, here are some tips:
- Make a list of activities or hobbies that you are interested in or had a previous interest in.
- Break down the activity into small steps.
- Assess if you require support to complete any of the steps. It’s okay to ask for help! What you can’t do today, does not mean that you won’t be able to do it independently tomorrow, next month or next year. It means that today you need support and through practice and developing strategies you can move toward the goal of independence.
- Make a plan and if needed do the steps in intervals and check each one off as completed so that you have a sense of completion and accomplishment.
- Pace yourself and allow for rest breaks so fatigue doesn’t take over.
- Allow yourself to practice and practice. Rehab doesn’t happen overnight.
- Keep encouraging yourself and celebrating the steps you have completed. Look in the mirror, smile and say, “Each and every day, I am getting stronger and better in every way.”