Self-motivation can be a tough one. And strangely enough, despite having had big racing goals this year, my motivation began to drop mid-year. I felt overwhelmed, somewhat crowded and pressured to keep up in the scene. I tried hard to concentrate on myself, my training, my business and my life. But the social media consumption got me. Do you feel similar and all you want is escape and enjoy some space?
But you, too, find it difficult to get away from it all? Just one last check, you think. And yet, nothing changes and find yourself back on the same track the next day.
On one level or another, most of us are caught in the spiral of the FOMO. The fear of missing out. So we think. And so we continue to consume, to grasp what other runners are doing out there. Not really knowing a thing about their reality, their background and their well-being.
Recent studies have shown that the kick that checking our social media accounts can give us has similar effects than a shot of heroine has. It´s a quick flash of the happy hormone entering our brains and bloodstream making us feel good for a second or two. Maybe a few minutes. But once we get off it, life appears a little emptier. Feeling lost in space is common. Not knowing what to do with time. Just one last check...
So how can you free yourself from this and turn more inwards again, finding that spark that sets you on fire to get out and run. Tapping your inner drive because motivation means this: to move, to initiate. And nobody else can do this for you.
Do these 3 things to boost your motivation and rekindling your inner flame:
1. Join a running group or a group of like-minded people. Have good, stimulating conversations with. Engage with others, talk, laugh, have fun and be alive. Find out how connecting with others in real life raises your vibration and enhances your mood. Being part of a group and scheduling such events into your calendar can be highly motivating. Some say that it screws up their training regimen but hey, go easy. Not every run needs to serve to improve your splits. Sometimes it´s the easy and fun runs that help you restore extra energy and boost your motivation.
2. Limit the time you spend on social media. This can feel like a big challenge but believe me, you will feel free and more self-determined in the choices you make for yourself. Be it your training, your diet or how you interact with others. Write down how much time you want to spend on social media and schedule it in. If you´ve been spending 3 hours per day, set aside 2 hours and slowly reduce. See how much time you free up that you can use to do other things?
You can also take it to the next level and delete social media apps. Start with one and see what happens. Then delete the next one. Make sure to give yourself some time. Because old habits die hard.
3. Sit in a quiet space for a few minutes and breathe. Sounds simple, I know. But from experience, if you feel you constantly need to be up-to-date with what is happening out there, even a few minutes can feel overwhelming.
So start by sitting down in a comfortable position, all devices switched off and begin to take a few deep breaths. Close your eyes and visualize yourself running freely in nature on your favorite route. What can you see, smell and taste? What sensations can you feel in your body? Sit with these visions for a few more minutes, open your eyes and notice how you feel.
Small changes can make a huge difference.
Do you have a ritual that helps you get motivated?
I´m curious what your struggles are with social media and motivation. Maybe there are two sides to the story and you actually find it easier to get up and run because of what you see on Facebook, Instagram and other channels.
Please share in the comments.