Getting Motivated

I woke up one morning and felt a tremendous surge of anxiety take a tight grip for an hour, leaving me feeling shook up for the rest of the day. It followed a very enjoyable night out with friends, so I would have expected to wake up feeling happy, not in a state of utter panic. I’m not sure what caused it, but suspect a combination of alcohol the night before, relationship breakdowns and frustration at the recent lack of progress with OCD all played a part.

This was the wake up call I had been needing though. I decided to make a change to my life and joined a running club.

In the first week alone, I noticed I started to feel more motivated to do things and went for three runs. In the second week I began to make new friends in the club and my outlook on life became more positive. By week three, my OCD was improving as a result of being forced to tackle it when out running.

I know I’ve made it sound easy, but in truth I had wanted to take up running 6 months earlier and did absolutely nothing about it. The act of joining a club was key to my sudden success. The regular fixed date in the calendar and being surrounded by like-minded people helped my motivation.

If you want to join a club, group or society, there are lots of sports or interests to choose from. Here are some ideas:

  1. Art
  2. Badminton
  3. Book (reading)
  4. Chess
  5. Choir
  6. Climbing
  7. Cricket
  8. Cycling
  9. Film
  10. Flower arranging
  11. Football
  12. Golf
  13. History
  14. Knitting
  15. Music
  16. Photography (camera)
  17. Rugby
  18. Running (athletics)
  19. Sewing
  20. Squash
  21. Swimming
  22. Tennis
  23. Walking (rambling)
  24. Wildlife (naturalist)
  25. Yoga

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