The COVID-19 pandemic will go down in the history books as one of the rare things that brought humanity to its knees. Our human civilization came to a screeching halt as billions of people around the globe were forced to stay indoors. Some of the largest countries in the world announced indefinite lock downs and that, in itself, created more fear and panic than the virus.
Things have improved sporadically, but the virus seems more resilient than we had earlier thought. Many countries are going through second and third waves of the virus. This has prompted the respective leaders of those countries to once again announce lock downs or at least restrict the free movement of people. All of this can feel really gloomy, and it is in times like these that you need to take care of your mental health.
The idea of keeping yourself motivated and uplifting your mood can seem unreal for the times we live in. However, that doesn't change the fact that it is necessary. In fact, you can use this time as an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and figure out how you will emerge stronger from all of this. And for that, you need motivation. To that end, let's take a look at five ways you can stay motivated.
1) Create A Schedule
One mistake that people often make when they are working from home is that they ditch their schedules. This is a sure-shot way to drive yourself into the arms of boredom and despair. When you don't have a schedule, you don't have the motivation to do anything. Knowingly or unknowingly, you will limit yourself to sleeping, eating, watching movies or tv shows, and lying around aimlessly.
To stay motivated, simply follow the same schedule you used to follow before COVID-19 struck. That way, you will be bound by the clock, and that will ensure that you complete all your crucial tasks on time. This will, in turn, make you more motivated as you will be filled with a sense of accomplishment.
2) Engage In Self-Care Activities
Self-care is something that you should be doing regardless of whether or not there is a pandemic raging in the world. It includes all those activities that rejuvenate your mind and spirit. In a world that takes a lot out of you, it is only logical that you should take steps to recharge yourself. This becomes doubly important during times like these.
Meditating, eating healthily, exercising, taking care of your skin, taking some quiet time to yourself, spending time on your hobbies, and taking naps are just a handful of self-care activities that should become a part of your daily routine. Not only will these keep you healthy, but they will also keep you motivated.
3) Spend Quality Time With Family And Friends
There is nothing else that can make you feel better on the inside than spending quality time with your family and friends. When you are with them, you forget all about your worries and stressors. You can truly exist in the present moment with them. If you do some fun activities together, you can also share laughter and create priceless memories even if there only online at this juncture.
Also, when it comes to your family, you are reminded why you are doing what you are doing. You realize why all the striving and struggles are worth it. This can motivate you more than anything else in the world. So, when you're feeling low, just sit down or have a call on the various online conference call software with your family for some time. Their presence alone will make a huge difference in your mood.
4) Limit Your Exposure To Mass Media
If you watch the news for just half an hour, I am sure you will walk away feeling as though the world is coming to an end. These days, news channels spread so much negativity and fear that being exposed to them for just a few minutes can exhaust all your motivation. In times like these, where fear and panic levels are already at an all-time high, the mass media certainly doesn't help.
Therefore, you should consciously avoid or at least limit your exposure to mass media. Yes, this includes social media at times, too, as these platforms are even worse sometimes with fake news or conspiracy theories. It is better if you could spend that time on something else. Perhaps you could learn something new or challenge yourself on a particular task. There are a million things you can do with your newly found free time to make life more fun.
5) Remind Yourself To Not Be Hard On Yourself
It is a human tendency to be highly critical of the self. You may underestimate your strengths and over-exaggerate your weaknesses. You may doubt your ability to pursue your dreams and goals effectively. At a time when there is an atmosphere of gloom and doom in the world, these thoughts and feelings are even stronger. And this can be harmful to your mental health and confidence.
What you need to do is remind yourself to not be hard on yourself. It is okay to falter at times. You are not perfect. Nobody is! You will make mistakes in life and that is okay. What is not okay is to stop and leave your dreams and goals. If you fall down, you can always get back up. If your progress has slowed down, you can always take steps to speed it up. The point is, you have the potential inside you to achieve anything you want. You just need to have faith in yourself and never give up!
6) Reassess Your Goals
This is an extension of the previous point. Many people are not realising this but COVID-19 has actually given us all the opportunity to reassess our goals and our future lives. Things are bound to change once the world gets back to the new normal. And right now is the perfect time for goal setting keeping in mind a changing world.
So, it's a good idea to figure out what you really want to do and achieve in life. And then, make a plan of action considering all the new variables of today's world. This will motivate you beyond measures. In essence, it will be a chance for you to create a much better life than you have ever experienced before.