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Are you having difficulty staying motivated during this very difficult time we’re all finding ourselves in?

If you are, you’re in good company.

I’ve talked to so many people, myself included, who are on this roller coaster of highs and lows, ups and downs, as they go through their day.

Often it’s difficult to stay motivated … and some days are more challenging than others.

What I do know for sure is that motivation is impacted by how you start your day.

In this video, I’m going to share with you a productivity practice that will help boost your motivation mojo … and it starts with your morning routine.

Mornings are incredibly important for your level of motivation and how you feel as you move through your day.

Starting your day when you’re feeling positive boosts your energy …  and your energy is key to your focus and helping you feel uplifted, positive and optimistic.

When you start your day by going onto your phone, social media, or even watching the news, it has a direct impact on how you feel. Especially right now when there’s so much negative news, it dampens your motivation and puts your mindset in a place of worry and fear.

There are two key ingredients to your morning routine that are essential to promote your positive mindset for the day.

Those two ingredients are movement and mindset.

Movement

Movement is key, especially first thing in the morning. When you’re moving your body, you’re waking up your body and getting your blood to flow. Having a boost to your circulation heightens your mood, your optimism and your creativity.

When you move, you boost your perspective.

So the more you can move in the morning, the better you’ll feel throughout the day.

Movement can be something as simple as stretching, doing some yoga, doing some walking, even sometimes turning on the music and dancing. (Nobody’s watching, if you get up early enough!)

As long as you have movement in the morning, you’re going to feel more energized and more positivity will come your way.

Mindset

So how can you boost your mindset in the morning?

One way is by journaling. The simple act of having a pen or pencil in your hand and just free-flowing your thoughts on the page is very powerful.

There’s something magical that happens between your brain and your hand when you’re actually physically writing. So rather than typing on a keyboard, get out a pen and pencil and start journaling.

While you’re journaling, you may want to include what you’re grateful for in your life. It could be, I’m grateful it’s a sunny day. or I am grateful that I have food on my table.

There is always something to be grateful for … the trick is to find it and to focus on it.

Another way to lock in your positive mindset is through meditation.

Meditating is a powerful technique and practice to develop. Meditation is about being still, quiet and in the moment.

It’s about being quiet, being in the moment, being present and feeling that connection to yourself.

Meditation can be something as simple as sitting quietly, closing your eyes, silencing your thoughts, focusing on your breath and visualizing what you would like your day to become. Visualize your day from a positive perspective.

There’s no doubt it’s challenging to stay motivated while you’re self-isolating.

Some days it can be a roller coaster of ups and downs, and it leaves you feeling tired, and feeling a little defeated throughout the day.

Be patient with yourself and be kind with yourself. Lock in your movement and your mindset to set yourself up to have the best day possible.

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