10 Ways To Motivate Yourself When You're Feeling Down

10 Ways To Motivate Yourself When You’re Feeling Down

Have you ever had one of those days when you can’t get going no matter what you do? I think most of us have been there before, haven’t we? But what if that day turns into a few days, or maybe even weeks? What if those ‘off days’ that don’t go away no matter what you do, could actually be something more serious, like depression? From personal experience, I know it can be so hard to motivate yourself to do anything when you’re feeling down. Sometimes even the basic things such as washing your hair or getting dressed in the morning can become a huge deal, never mind actually having to be around other people.

These 10 ways to motivate yourself when you’re feeling down might help you to start feeling more positive about yourself so it could be worth trying them out to see if they help you.

1. Don’t Put Pressure On Yourself

Firstly, and I think most importantly, don’t put any pressure on yourself to get things done. If you need a break you need a break. Take the time you need and then try to refocus on your goals. Even just taking one tiny step at a time is still a step in the right direction. Forward is forward no matter how long it takes.

2. Change Your Thoughts

If your thoughts are negative then, undoubtedly, you will feel negative. Try to think more positively about yourself, your situation, and even about your to-do list. I know that is easier said than done sometimes, but there is always something to feel positive and grateful about, even in the toughest situations. I highly recommend checking out ‘The Secret’ book series if you want to change your mindset.

3. Meditate

I started meditating earlier this year and honestly, it is the best thing I’ve ever done. Well, apart from becoming a mama but you know what I mean. I feel instantly relaxed as soon as I start meditating. For one reason or another over the last couple of weeks, I stopped meditating and the difference in my mindset was so apparent. I’ve just started doing it again and my mood has been instantly lifted. Regular meditation is best so try and schedule it into your daily routine; even if it’s only for 5 or 10 minutes at a time. It’ll be worth it, trust me.

4. Make Self Care A Priority

For me, self-care and wellness have to be a priority. If you’re not taking care of yourself properly then you are bound to feel down from time to time. I’m a busy mum so believe me, I know how hard it is to make time for yourself, but it’s so important to do so. You’ll be a better parent/friend/partner etc if you’re being the best possible version of yourself.

5. Get Your Dancing Shoes On

Put on some really energising tunes that make you feel happy and have a good dance around the kitchen. – Louise Pink, Pink Pear Bear

6. Watch Inspiring Videos

I watch inspiring videos on YouTube! I find Marie Forleo and Carrie Green really motivate me to keep going, be focused and productive and go for my dreams! – Raimonda Archimio, Cosmo Mum

7. Pamper Yourself

Pamper and treat yourself. Whether that be painting your nails, having a hot bubble bath or meeting a friend for cake. Try to put yourself first for once. – Beth Law, Twinderelmo

8. Work Out

I love to go to the gym and work out to some loud music. Failing that I find a good walk in the countryside or up a hill will make me feel much better and start the motivation and ideas flowing again. – Victoria Sully, Lylia Rose

9. Journaling

I like to write in my journal about how I’m feeling. Getting it all out on paper seems to improve my mood. – Julie Seeney, Mummy It’s OK

10. Reward Yourself

I set myself tasks with rewards for motivation! I give myself specific lists of things that I would like to do and then write down how I’m going to reward myself. The reward can be something like a new book, trying a new flavour of tea, a new bath bomb or just 30 minutes break playing my favourite video game. Just little things! – Christy Bruckner, Welsh Mum of One

So what do you think about these 10 ways to motivate yourself when you’re feeling down? Do you think they’ll help you feel more positive and motivated when you feel down? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

There isn’t a one size fits all when it comes to mental health so you have to find the things that work best for you. But, If you find that those off days aren’t going away and that no matter what you do, you really can’t seem to pick yourself up, it might be worth speaking with your GP.

Sam x

Mission Mindfulness


  • kerry robinson

    I think these are great tips for when you are feeling down.
    I’d also add singing to that. And if I feel overwhelmed I like to make lists so I can clear head space without forgetting x
    I do think we need to be very aware of the huge difference between feeling down and being genuinely depressed though. X

    • Sam

      Yes, I totally agree. Singing definitely lifts my mood – though I’m not sure my singing would be any good for those who have to listen to me haha. X

  • Hayley@Mission:Mindfulness

    Loads of good ideas here – it really is amazing how meditation can settle and ground us and how if we don’t fit it in for a few days you can really feel the difference. So nice to have you linking up with #thesatsesh xx

  • Fridgesays

    #thesatsesh this is an amazing list of joy! I have to say I work full time, mum full time, run the house and then my blog, so I always priorities self care daily. Meditation is also daily for me too and the difference is huge. Wonderful post 🙂

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