Staying motivated and being consistent in a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy. Add the pressures of college life and you have yourself trying to squeeze a 48-hour day into 24 hours. There are some mornings that you want to hit your snooze button four or five times to get a little more sleep. Days that you just can’t add one more thing to your to-do list or you are seriously going to lose your mind! There are days that you are so tired, you have way too much homework, and then you remember you have a test at the end of the week!
It isn’t easy staying motivated in college but remember…
… it isn’t forever.
Staying motivated in college is not always the easiest thing to do with classes, homework, exams, and trying to fit in a social life too. Some days all I want to do is Netflix binge, but I know those are the days where I need to find a way to push myself even if it is the last thing I want to do.
So how do I stay motivated in college?
Don’t bog yourself down.
Sometimes I am so tired I swear I must be sleep walking from class to class. I don’t stress out more by thinking I have to get to the gym today. Life happens. If I don’t make it to the gym , so what. It really is okay. I listen to my body and take a rest day. I’ll do extra sets the next day and it is always worth it.
Allow some flexibility in my diet.
Being in college means some days I am on the go more often than other days. Some days I eat out a little more than planned. I simply get back on track a soon as I am able. I allow my cheat meal, not cheat week, and get back on track the rest of the day.
Have fun with your workouts and foods.
I try to switch up my meals and workouts each week. Just because I try to eat healthy does not mean it has to be boring. I like to try different food combinations, types of seasonings, and ways of cooking such as baking or grilling.
Staying motivated in college is not the easiest task. Those all-nighters, early morning exams, followed by a day full of classes is tiring. But those are the days where you have to push yourself. Listen to your body.
But the best way I stay motivated sometimes is to shut the books, put that assignment on hold, and go to the gym.
The gym is the place where I can go and sweat, leave my problems behind, clear my head and really focus on me. It is my special place to escape and leave those nursing books behind.
Be your own motivation. Be your own self discipline. Get up and get going. Don’t wait on someone else to do it for you because chances are it won’t happen. Be your own inspiration and motivation. When you have self discipline and push yourself, you find that you are much more capable of anything that you imagined.
Libby is currently attending nursing school and is a college athlete participating in the Cheerleading squad.
After putting on her “freshman fifteen” Libby knew she was in need of a change. Like many women, she was scared of the free weight section of the gym but fought her fear and started incorporating lifting into her exercise regimen. In no time she could see and feel the results. Through lifting she has found more confidence than she ever knew she had and she now loves herself.
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