Motivation can be incredibly difficult to find, especially during school exam time, as I know that some of my lovely followers are about to sit their final school exams, submit their final assignments and hand in their dissertations (good luck!), so here are my top five tips for staying motivated during the next few weeks, alongside making sure that our stress levels stay low (and whenever you feel like you just need to top up your motivation levels)!
1 . WATER, WATER, WATER!
You’re probably tired of being told to drink eight glasses of water a day, whether to stay healthy, help your skin, or to not become dehydrated, everyone’s talking about water, but there’s a reason for that! Sometimes when we’re deep into studying, we’re completely focused on finishing our assignment, or completing the last stage of revision, but before we know it, we’re tired, have a headache, and just want to give up.
This is where the magic water comes in! Staying hydrated during stressful times is absolutely key not only to our concentration, but also to our health. I’ve found throughout my many years of education, that when I’m beginning to feel tired, or feel as though I’m about to get a headache, I actually realise that I haven’t drank for a while. Therefore, when this happens, I take a ten minute break, re-hydrate and then before I know it, I’m good to go! So remember babes, keep a glass of water next to you to ensure that you’re doing your best work!
2 . TREAT YOURSELF…BUT NOT TOO MUCH!
Revision and work is a super good excuse to treat yourself to a bar of chocolate or a packet of sweets…BUT…do not get carried away! Treating ourselves is healthy for us, and can sometimes increase our mood, and help us to continue with our work, but we need to keep track.
Filling ourselves with bad food can make us feel super tired, and we all know what that means, we either lose concentration, or we don’t produce our best work, so when we revisit it, we’re left thinking “this actually doesn’t make any sense”.
So here’s my tip, treat yourself, but then make sure to eat a nutritious meal, full of vegetables and protein! Remember, it’s essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle during this period of your life!
3 . TAKE A BREAK ALREADY!
I know that once some of us begin a task, we don’t stop until it’s finished, and before we know it, it’s 10pm and we’ve worked ALL DAY! There’s nothing wrong with that, but we’re not helping ourselves, and we’re also probably not helping our work.
Regardless of how quickly you need to finish that piece of work, there’s always a half an hour break in the day. During this time, you should leave the room that you’re working in, have a snack, re-hydrate, and relax! Relaxation is key to not being stressed and also helps us to find our motivation again, so go ahead and take your well deserved break.
4 . REMEMBER THAT TIME YOU WERE TOLD “YOU’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO DO THAT!”
Throughout our lives, we’ll all come across someone who doesn’t believe in us, whether that’s a teacher, a friend, or someone we don’t know that well, I’m sure that we’ve all been told that we’re aiming too high, or that we’ll never reach our goal. So this is where most of my motivation comes from, I’m the type of person who strives to succeed, and if someone tells me that I won’t be able to do something, I want to prove them wrong. I want to be able to turn around and say “I did it!”, because let’s face it, achieving something in life, especially when someone’s told you that you never will, is an amazing feeling. So if you’re ever feeling less motivated, just think about that time that you were told you’d never do it, and I can guarantee you that your motivation will increase without you even realising!
5 . ENDORPHINS MAKE YOU HAPPY!
One of my favourite ways to re-gain my motivation and to de-stress is to leave my phone in another room, and either go to the gym, go for a run, or just simply do a home-workout. If you’re a beginner to exercise, I already have a published post regarding home workouts for absolute beginners, so make sure to check that out here! However, as Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives us endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!”. Working out is a great way to increase your motivation, I can guarantee that you’ll feel great afterwards!