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How to survive on days when you feel unmotivated

I’d love to say I’m motivated and productive 100% of the time, but that would be a big fat lie. Truthfully, feeling unmotivated has been a common theme for me lately.

I am pregnant, so it’s partially the baby’s fault but there are things that I’ve been doing (and not doing) that haven’t helped my motivation too. I definitely can’t blame it all on my unborn child haha.

I’ve been unmotivated today. I really haven’t wanted to do much and I always hate feeling like this when it’s a day when Ezra is at daycare. I get two days a week by myself to get things done and as of the last few months, I’ve definitely been wasting a lot of that time so I wanted to write a quick blog post about what I do to survive on those kinds of days!

Acknowledge it

Firstly, I always acknowledge that I’m feeling unmotivated (and overall ‘bleh’). I do this to myself and I also always mention it to my fiancé, Karl. He usually has something motivated to say back to me and tells me to enjoy a movie. Either way, he always makes me feel better on the unmotivated days.

Nobody is motivated, productive and happy 100% of the time. I promise you that. You’re allowed to have days off and you’re allowed to be lazy if that’s what your body is telling you.

Get shit done

Unfortunately, there are things that have to be done even if we’re feeling a unmotivated. In a professional sense, I have to pack orders and reply to emails every single day. That’s a non-negotiable for my business to keep going forward. In a personal sense, I need to make nutritious meals for my son and I, I need to feed the pets, I need to shower myself and my son and I need to drink a lot of water. These are non-negotiables for my family and I to survive.

The laundry can wait. The dishes can wait. The cleaning can wait. The planning can wait. The marketing can wait.

It can all wait until another day if you just allow yourself one day to recharge.

Enjoy it

I’ve acknowledged that I’m having an off day, so I’m not going to torture myself into doing things that I simply don’t want to do. That’s only going to cause me to feel worse and/ or create poor results in whatever I’m doing.

I allow myself to enjoy my unmotivated day, after I get those non-negotiables done. This means that sometimes I binge watch Netflix. Sometimes I have a long nap. Sometimes I catch up on a book or watch some self-development content on my laptop. Whatever I choose to do, I choose to do it because that’s what I want on that day.

Today, I chose to get my nails done (which was on my to-do list anyway) and after this blog post, I’m going to watch some Netflix while I enjoy the peaceful afternoon.

Not feel guilty

A few years ago, whenever I had a day like this, I felt incredibly guilty. I honestly felt like I was letting myself down, my business down and my family down. Which then made it harder for me to ‘bounce back’ into my usual work and personal life.

I’m now working incredibly hard to not feel guilty. Sometimes my batteries needed to be recharged and my body needs to relax and that’s okay. In fact, that’s human.

Final point: seek professional help

I did also want to touch on seeking professional help.

It’s absolutely normal to have off days where you feel unmotivated, unproductive and just plain crappy but if you’re feeling like this on a regular basis, please prioritise yourself and book in with a professional. You can book a session to work with me.

As always, do whatever feels good for you! You’ll bounce back and if you want evidence, just remember you’ve got a 100% survival record of unmotivated days in the past.

With love

Shorina xo

Counsellor + Wellness & Mental Health Coach


Hi, I'm Shorina and I'm an Australian Counsellor + Wellness & Mental Health Coach. I'm here to support you to redefine your relationship to self and life! I incorporate a mind, body and soul wellness approach to my work with a focus on healing and mindfulness ♡


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