Struggling for motivation through these strange times? You’re not alone.
Adjusting to the ‘new normal’ has been a bit of a process for us all. Getting to grips with spending a lot more time at home, while looking after ourselves and others can feel overwhelming at times, and we’re all missing our usual daily routine. Creating structure within your week has never been more important - but staying motivated at home can be a real challenge. We feel you, as a lot of our teams are working from home at the moment - so we put together our 8 top tips to keep motivated through these uncertain times.
Focus on your mental health
In times like these, mental health should come first. It will help to see this as a different period of time in your life, and not necessarily a bad one. You can achieve that through the little things in life: for example, make sure you put a boundary in place between work and private life. Stick to your normal working hours and schedule some time for yourself in the evening. Create a list of the things that make you happy and try to inject one into your day, every day. Also, if watching the news or reading the headlines makes you feel anxious, try to limit your consumption if you can.
Stay in contact
Keeping in touch with friends and loved ones has never been more important. You can’t really have a gossip session at the pub with your besties - but you can do it over a drink on Facetime, Skype or Houseparty. Video chatting with friends feels more like you’re spending time with them, and makes catching up a lot more enjoyable than small talk over text. It could also do wonders for your emotional wellbeing: what better time to connect with loved ones than now, when we’re all experiencing the same anxieties? If you’d rather not talk current events, video chatting could provide some much-needed escapism, as you could play Words with Friends, have a Netflix party or go for a bit of karaoke instead.
Staying active can be a bit of a challenge when you’re spending so much time at home, but it’s just about getting creative with it! There are loads of exercise videos online to get your endorphins going at home, ranging from cardio workouts to dancing and even Zumba. Make sure you get some air when you can as well: go for a long walk, a run or a bike ride - but make sure you stay within the recommended time frame! Our opticians recommend swapping your glasses for daily contact lenses when exercising, as it’s a hygienic and fuss-free option to get freedom of movement and crisp vision while on the go.
It’s goal time
Let’s face it: before social distancing came about, we all had a list of things we simply never got around to doing. From post-holiday scrapbooking, to home DIY, learning languages or reading that book your friend passionately recommended 4 book clubs ago. We’re not short of time at the moment, so now’s your chance to write these things down and go down the list one by one, in a pace that you feel comfortable with. Plus, the satisfaction you’ll get from ticking all your to-do list will work wonders for your mindset!
Stick to a daily routine
Get up at the same time in the morning, and try your best to follow a routine. This could be easier said than done for some of us, depending on what we do for work, so make sure you set yourself a realistic plan, which fits in with your work schedule. Factor in your favourite type of exercising and all your household chores, but don’t forget the most important part of a routine: ‘you’ time. Relaxing after a long day, watching Netflix on the sofa and Facetiming a friend are all integral parts of the ‘new normal’.
Kids at home
It’s one thing to organise yourself in this strange time - try adding kids in the mix! During social distancing, it’s not just us that are fulfilling our working day from home, as kids and schools are now online too. The most important starting point is to accept that things might seem chaotic at times, but that’s perfectly okay at the moment. During work hours, make sure you have a dedicated work area that children know they should steer clear of - this helps children navigate and understand the situation better too, and also allows your evenings to be just family time.
Stuck for non-work related things to do in the evening to take your mind off things? Look around you: there are probably so many things at home to use creatively. Painting, writing, making music or singing could be useful tools to help you focus and get your spirits up. The most important thing about creative processes is that there are no rules you have to follow, so find what works best for you and unleash your inner creative.
Find your inner compass with yoga
From core strength and flexibility to managing stress and keeping calm: the benefits of yoga are endless. We’d recommend starting your day with a bit of yoga - it doesn’t have to be a long flow, but we find the calming exercise does wonders to help set some positive goals and intentions for your day. Alternatively, as yoga is also great at helping you mellow and relax, there are some great routines that can help you to better switch off after a long day. We love Yoga with Adriene - an amazing YouTube channel full of different yoga exercises, for enthused beginners and seasoned pros alike.