You’re on top of the world, gettin’ stuff done, checking things off your to-do list, and just generally feeling inspired. This is a feeling you want to capitalize on and not let go to waste. Optimize, baby! To make the most of those days when you’re feeling the motivation churning through your veins, there are a few things you can do to keep the momentum high. First, make a list of the goals you are working toward — it’s a visual reminder of where you’re going. Next, take breaks! When you’re in it for too long, burnout is sure to be on your heels. Take walks between crossing off your to-dos, do a high-energy workout, or video chat with a friend who pumps you up. Finally, don’t forget to keep it fun, whatever it is you’re feeling motivated to accomplish — look for the small things that make you have a spring in your step or a little groovy move in your hips while in your office chair.
Fluctuating moods and feelings are what make us human, so it’s important that we learn to listen to all the things our bodies are telling us. Sometimes, we wake up feeling energized and ready to hit the ground running, but by the end of the day, stress starts to kick in. And sometimes, the opposite could be true — we’re buzzing and awake when all we want
to do is fall asleep. Click on the different sections below to get the tools you need to support your moods. It’s time to tune in and get in touch.
Slow down, take a beat, and assess the situation. Stress can be conquered if you stay positive and methodical. First, assess what it is that’s stressing you out, then ask for help. What tasks can you delegate to someone else? What situations can you vent about to a coworker or friend, just to get some heat off your shoulders? How can you better organize your priorities, even if that means slowing down your process a bit? Then, give your mind a little assistance getting there. Help yourself relax by mixing Natural Vitality
CALM® into your water — it creates a solution of magnesium citrate formulated specifically to help support healthy magnesium levels while delivering a calming experience you can feel.*
Restlessness is arguably one of the most destabilizing feelings. It’s like you have too much energy pulsing through your body with nowhere to go — release is imperative. If you’re feeling stagnant, introduce some movement. Do a workout, go for a walk or run, head out on a hike, take your car out on a scenic drive — whatever works to get that energy into a flow. If you’re feeling more creatively blocked, force yourself to do something hands-on that might be in a different field than you usually work in. Maybe you set a word-count goal and try your hand at some writing; perhaps you grab a set of watercolors and paint whatever images are racing around in your head; you could even download a music app and make some random tunes. Get out of your head!
Some-times you wake up just feeling yourself. You look good, you feel good, and you’re ready to conquer anything. Get it! Nothing can bring you down
right now, so do things that are going to keep you riding this wave. Go ahead, text your crush — you’re vibing, and they need to know. Throw on a ’fit that makes you feel like the babe you are, and head out on the town. Put on some lipstick and a sleek cat eye, and take selfies just because, even
if you’re staying home for the evening. Essentially, the point is to put your energy out in the world and get ready to receive the positivity right back.
There’s probably a reason you’re feeling exhausted or overly tired and run down. Your body is telling you it’s time to take a second to reset — listen to it. Resist the urge to power through and keep working or meet your friends at the bar (FOMO, anyone?). You’re no good to anyone in this state, let alone yourself! Sleep is calling to you, so give in to those eight hours your body and mind need to recalibrate. To help you get your eyes to close and your brain to stop running through tomorrow’s calendar, try Natural Vitality CALM® Sleep Drink Mix before bed. The mix contains melatonin, magnesium, GABA, and L-theanine to help you relax and ease into a restful sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.*
Self-reflection is one of the healthiest ways to promote personal growth. You don’t have to be going through a crisis or have some big, dramatic awakening — reflecting on yourself and your life can be much more subtle and meandering. A nice way to keep this urge top of mind is to develop a meditation practice, or even try out yoga nidra. Both can help you drop into how your body is feeling and clear your mind for some deeper thoughts. It’s also a good idea to track your progress — try journaling, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day before you go to sleep. If you really want to get on the inward-looking bandwagon, therapy is a surefire way to hold yourself accountable and keep growing as a person.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JORDAN KAY WRITING BY AVIEL KANTER DESIGN BY KELLY MILLINGTON
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