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Addiction: Leisure and Recovery

Being Motivated

​​​​Being motivated is the key to staying with something new. At first, motivation can come from people around you. You might try a new activity that a friend or counselor suggested, but to continue doing something new, the motivation must come from inside you. For example, you might join a team sport because somebody tells you it’s healthy. When you start to feel healthier and stronger, you’re likely to stay with it. If you find the team has a poor attitude or you’re only going because you feel pressured, look for another sport or team so you don’t become discouraged​. When you find an activity you really like and it makes you feel better physically and you feel a sense of belonging, you’ll find you want to go, not feel like you have to go.

Pick a challenge—not too hard, not too easy. Build motivation within yourself. Stay clear of pressures and stay in charge. Facing comfortable challenges will make you feel competent and motivated to do more.

Here are some tips to help you build inner motivation:

  • Focus on enjoying the leisure activity—the movements, the surroundings, your family, friends, and other people.
  • Learn the rules and strategies for the games and leisure activities. Practice these skills.
  • Try not to push yourself too hard. The activity might stop being fun and you might stop doing it.
  • Try not to let others push you too hard. If you don't feel comfortable with a leader, find another person who can give you positive feedback and encouragement.
  • Make it something you want to do, not something you feel like you have to do. Instead of feeling like you should exercise today, think about going for a walk to get some fresh air.

Current as of: April 28, 2017

Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services