Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I Need Help With Motivating Myself

Becoming a motivated person is something some people have a difficult time getting a grasp of. Many people have spoken the words, "I think I need help with motivating myself." Sometimes you can't do it alone and assistance is needed to mentally get moving. By assistance I don't mean prescription medications which are given much too often and at the drop of a hat.

You might be surprised to find that exercise can stimulate major neurotransmitters in our brain that regulate our moods. The four major neurotransmitters are serotonin, dopamine, GABA and norepinephrine which affect our feelings and thoughts, self-assurance, sense of worth and even motivation. Neurotransmitters and endorphins, called the feel good chemicals, help to relieve anxiety and mood swings. If these neurotransmitters are low because of diet, stress, insomnia, or excess alcohol consumption then you might experience psychological health issues like depression or lack of motivation.

Exercise also can help you gain confidence by getting in shape and accomplishing your goals. Exercise is a way to reduce stress and cope with daily worries in a positive way. You don't have to run a marathon or jog five miles a day to get the benefits of increasing your neurotransmitters through exercise. Walking, weights, or gardening is fine; anything as long as you get out in the fresh air, into the gym and off the couch. Try parking further away and walking, using the stairs when doing errands, or riding a bike are all other ways to integrate exercise.

Don't forget your diet. Eating organic (if possible) fruits, veggies and lean protein, especially fish and staying away from processed foods for the most part will give your brain what it really wants in order to function to its full potential.

If you have tried these suggestions and still find yourself saying, "I still need help with motivating myself", you may want to try supplements. They do not have the side effects of prescriptions, are gentle in stimulating and balancing serotonin levels, while promoting a positive and motivated attitude and outlook.

If you can sustain your brain chemistry with healthy neurotransmitter levels by following a plan of exercise, a healthy diet and or supplements, you will gain physical and emotional strength which in turn will give you the inner strength to become motivated.

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