How to Get Motivated After a Stressful Period

I have to admit, my stress level this past holiday season was unusually high. I am still struggling on how to get motivated to do my work. I am not sure why I was so stressed, but it honestly pushed me slightly over the edge to depression. I just could not find the ambition to do much of anything.

I have dealt with anxiety for many years now. I started having my first panic attacks when the twins were newborns and my husband had to go back to work. He is gone a minimum of 12 hours and could be gone as long as 24 hours or more. My babies were not very happy babies so managing two crying babies and a 4 year old was a little more than I could handle.

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To be honest though, I am quite sure the twins were not responsible for bringing on my anxiety. I think it was always there on a lower level, but my dread of being left alone with them as newborns sent it over the edge. I would never want them to think it is their fault that I have anxiety!

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I really hate when I get in these funks. They seem to last way too long and are a lot of work to move beyond. It is almost like it has to run its course. A few days ago I felt really productive and thought I was getting through the mist, but that was a few days ago.

How to Get Motivated When Coming From a Place of High Stress

Here are a few things I have picked up on how to get motivated when you are not feeling it…at all.

  • Sometimes, you just have to listen to your body and do nothing for at least a little while. Give you mind and body the rest it needs for a couple of days.
  • Focus on another project that does get you motivated. For instance, I love to knit, crochet, and read. These things relax my mind and my body. Also, while doing these other projects they move me back to blogging since they spark an idea for my blog. So, they end up inspiring me to blog.
  • You may have to push your way through it. I love blogging. I love the people I work with, and I love that it has allowed me to stay home with my children. The bottom line is that I have to push through this to meet deadlines if I want to continue to grow and earn money from home.
  • If you are a praying person, the power of prayer is powerful. Reading the word of the Lord through the Bible really helps me put into perspective what is occurring in my life. It helps me be grateful for even the difficult times knowing He will show me glory in His own time.

I am going to be doing a series on stress for the next few weeks. I will be discussing how to identify sources of stress, some stress management myths, signs of stress, and healthy ways to manage stress. It is my hope that you come back for my series on stress, and we come out of the gloom together.



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About the Author

I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.


  1. Great tips! I also find it great to surround myself with those that make me laugh and bring light into my life. Time alone to reflect and listen to uplifting music and even a really funny film helps.
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