Natural Ways to Spark Motivation

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Natural Ways to Spark Motivation

If you are having a hard time staying focused or just not “into” doing things you love…this blog is for you!

There are many things that can disrupt our motivation: high stress, change in job or recent move, change in seasons, nutrient imbalances, illness or infection, grief, and more…

When we are not motivated to do things we love doing, it gets our natural routine and rhythm off which then starts to affect our energy and even sleep.

Lacking motivation can be detrimental to your health.

Even though everybody knows they should be exercising and eating right and getting proper sleep, many of us choose not to. This becomes a bad habit that can actually develop into depression, fatigue, insomnia, and even nutritional deficiencies that can cause even worse physical problems.

We tell ourselves we don’t have time or we have no motivation or willpower. These are just stories we tell ourselves. EVERYBODY has time to care for themselves. It’s just a choice we have to make.

Root cause medicine: Get that Pep back in your step

Did you know that acupuncture can help spark motivation?

Acupuncture can help put the “pep” back in your step when it comes to motivation. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), lack of motivation is considered some sort of blockage along the energetic pathways that run throughout the body. Over time, this lack of motivation frequently develops into depression. When the body is depressed, nothing seems possible. But the fact of the matter is that there are underlying causes of depression that begin with the lack of motivation.

What does the research say?

A study published by the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at the holistic effects of acupuncture treatments. The study looked at how acupuncture treatments were conducted and evaluated. One of the areas this study looked at is how acupuncture influences the function of the brain. By using functional MRI imaging, the researchers were able to see certain areas of the brain were stimulated during the acupuncture treatments. The study confirmed acupuncture on specific points can activate motivation centers in the brain, thus leading to increased physical motivation in the participants.

The more you know

The reason acupuncture works so well at addressing and correcting motivation problems is that it addresses the body holistically and treats the root cause. When people go to their doctor and tell them that they have no motivation, they are frequently prescribed antidepressants. But the problem with antidepressants is they don’t address the underlying causes of the issue. At Starting Point Acupuncture, we look at everything: the body, the mind, the environment, and the emotions. This allows for treatments to be customized to the needs of the patient instead of a one size fits all approach.

Read more on our previous post on sparking energy

Spark motivation, naturally

One of the first things to happen when then emotions become involved, our body begins to send signals to the digestive tract. This is why those who lack motivation or become depressed often have no appetite. Energy comes from eating healthy foods. When we have no appetite, we tend to reach for those things like sweets and carbohydrates. These foods give us the quick “emotional high” that temporarily sedates the depressive feelings. But the excitement quickly goes away, leaving us right back where we started.

If you or someone you love is lacking in motivation, give us a call (425) 686-4498 to set up an initial consultation to learn more about how we can help you regain your life back!        


Sources:

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2014/739708/

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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc

  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
    Bastyr University
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
    Bastyr University
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Northern Arizona University
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