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Motivation and stress

Stress can impact our motivation. To cope with stressors involve planning, execution, and feedback.

  • During planning, we analyze if a life-changing event is positive, negative, or irrelevant to our well-being. If it is a negative event, we find resources to manage the event.
  • During execution, we determine how to cope with the stressor. When the stressor is low, reappraisal is a good strategy, but when the stress is very high, distraction is more effective.
  • During feedback, we can use it to reappraise the stressor or to change coping and emotion regulation strategies.

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To be able to motivate requires a great amount of practice. These skills do not come naturally but can be improved upon with practice.
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Motivation is a complex process to explain or to realize fully.

If you change the contents of your thinking, then you change your motivational state. The same applies to other cognitive aspects like goals, mindset, values, perceived control, identity, etc.

We are motivated when we use goals that spell out in advance when, where, and how we will achieve it.

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