It's the end of the second week of school, when all of our various activities have fully started, I felt quite tired and unmotivated when I woke up this morning.
All I was thinking about was caffeine, when I could take a nap, and if I really needed to do the work that I have scheduled for today :)
When my "How We Feel" app asked me how I was feeling at 8:55, I marked myself as "Meh," which is in the low energy, unpleasant quadrant.
Lack of motivation.
Lack of inspiration.
Lack of energy.
Instead of falling into that feeling, I decided to counteract it with movement.
According to Dr Julie Smith in her book Why Had Nobody Told Me This Before exercise has a potent antidepressant effect, because it releases dopamine, that addictive hormone that we crave whenever we check our status updates.
Due to my lack of motivation and energy, I knew a "workout" wasn't going to happen.
Instead, I decided to stretch. It's movement, but without sweating, or having to change clothes 😀
After my stretch, I feel more energy, have a cup of herbal tea, and have a sunnier disposition as I look ahead at today's tasks.
How are you feeling as you read this message?
P.S. I'll put the link to the How We Feel app in the comments. It's a great way to increase your emotional literacy and to see patterns.
Originally posted on LinkedIn with comments.
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I am Theresa Destrebecq.