As therapists, we are taught how to help our clients feel motivated and ready for the many changes life may throw at us. It is common to have difficulties outside of the therapy office or outside of work to find motivation or drive. Here are some general tips and feedback for those times that make it a little harder to get going!
Barriers to motivation include anxiety, stress, depression, OCD, trauma, ADHD, and more. All of these different diagnoses affect the way our brain functions, takes in information, prioritizes tasks, as well as creates a distorted view of the importance and even energy required to complete the task ahead. Remember that the barrier to starting is the hardest one. Self and trusted sources of accountability help to create a healthy level of motivation. The hardest part to understand about motivation is that it can affect tasks we love to do, things we are looking forward to doing, and even things we know are good for us.
If you're finding yourself having a hard time with self-motivation or if these tips haven't worked for you in the past, consider talking to a mental health counselor or life coach from Orlando Thrive Therapy. We can address factors contributing to your gap of motivation and help problem-solve to get back to your life and THRIVE again.
To contact the author of this blog, reach out to Mallory Hawkes, LMHC, at Orlando Thrive Therapy.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.