As social distancing and stay at home orders are extending throughout the country, many people are coming to terms with the fact that staying at home and working from home is the safest option for quite some time now. The changing reality of this pandemic makes focusing on and other activities difficult for many, but it also makes it clear that we will be in this “new normal” for long time.
There’s less structure in our lives as in person, classes. work, and social events are cancelled or moved online. And many of us are facing additional stress and anxiety due to social isolation, financial worries, or family/personal health concerns. All of this makes it hard to stay motivated.
Below you’ll find a list of tips to help you achieve your personal best. Non of these tips are rocket science, but they serve as a great reminder of how to cope- and- thrive during these challenging times.
Most of us understand the value of planning and preparation. Despite this knowledge, we often fail to prioritize planning where it matters most: our daily lives. Getting started in the morning without a clear plan sets us up to fail.
We set goals on the order of seasons and years, but it’s what we do each day — the habits we adopt, the tasks we complete, and the things we prioritize — that compound over time into success or failure. A few aimless days each month can help us reset and find balance. But when our days without intention exceed our days with purpose, we end up missing our goals and wondering where all the time went.
The best defense against hectic yet unproductive days is a good offense in the form of a daily planning ritual. It is not compulsory to start your day with a plan or schedule, but when you do it you’ll see a clear and visible growth in your productivity and in turn your happiness. This will enable you to be happier throughout the day.
Doing too much work at a time is not good for the body as well as mind. It’s always necessary that work and relaxation should go hand in hand. Always plan your activities with short breaks. For example if you have to work for 9 hrs in a day then, work for 30 to 45 minutes and then take a break for 10 to 15 minutes. This will help you to be more productive and also enjoy your work rather than sitting and doing all the work at one go. Which will be boring and hectic and will make you feel tired at the end of the day.
Mindful eating is a technique that helps you gain control over your eating habits. It has been shown to promote weight loss, reduce binge eating, and help you feel better. Paying attention to the moment-to-moment experience of eating can help you improve your diet, manage food cravings, and even lose weight.
Mindful eating is maintaining an in-the-moment awareness of the food and drink you put into your body. It involves observing how the food makes you feel and the signals your body sends about taste, satisfaction, and fullness. Mindful eating requires you to simply acknowledge and accept rather than judge the feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations you observe. It can extend to the process of buying, preparing, and serving your food as well as consuming it.
When I say be be social what I don’t mean that be on social media 24/7 and waste your time scrolling post after post. What I mean is that in this pandemic where social distancing has been the norm and people are staying in isolation we must talk to people via phone or message. And connect with people and try talking to them which in return might help them during these lonely times.
This is one small way we can stay connected with people and help them in being mentally and physically strong. By motivating them and cheering them up.
When you exercise, it increases endorphins, dopamine, adrenaline and endocannabinoid — these are all brain chemicals associated with feeling happy, feeling confident, feeling capable, feeling less anxiety and stress and even less physical pain.
There are many ways exercise makes us happier. By lowering stress levels, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation, and helping people relieve anxiety and depression among other benefits.
Do try exercising and seeing the difference it can make in your life and along with that see how your health improves and is maintained,
A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your health. In fact, it’s just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Unfortunately, there’s a lot that can interfere with natural sleep patterns. People are now sleeping less than they did in the past, and sleep quality has decreased as well.
If you want to optimize your health or lose weight, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do.
Regular relaxation is essential for a long life and personal effectiveness.
Between working all day, eating on the run, and having little time for fun and relaxation, it’s normal to feel exhausted at least some of the time. But always feeling worn-out isn’t healthy. It can also leave you less productive and less happy. If you’re facing everyday exhaustion, it might help to take some steps to recharge your personal battery.
It’s important to reward yourself as soon as you complete a key task or objective. Why? By rewarding yourself in the moment, your brain elicits positive emotions, leading to the realization that your efforts result in a positive reward. By doing this continuously, your brain will start to link pleasure to accomplishing the task or objective and move towards it in the future.
Exercise: At the end of each day, write down your top three accomplishments, now matter how big or how small. And as soon as you achieve a key task, celebrate. Even a small reward is a great motivator – maybe it’s a coffee break, a walk around the block or a mini-vacation. Rewarding yourself for victories, big and small, will make a world of difference!
It’s no secret that there are stigmas against mental health. Barriers that prevent people from reaching out for support or being the one to reach out and give support. Sometimes it’s easier to sweep problems under the rug rather than confronting them head-on. In the long run, though, that does nothing but cause more pain.
When life gets crazy, it’s all too easy to allow our health and mental well-being to be left by the wayside. The truth is, however, that our mental health affects every area of our lives. For us to perform at our best, to be the person we want to be, we have to understand that taking care of ourselves mentally is a must. If your goal is being the best support you can be for a husband, wife, son, daughter or other loved one going through a tremulous ordeal, then taking care of your own needs to is a must.
Allowing room in our lives for self-care, relaxation, self-forgiveness, and understanding means that you can avoid the mental burnout that comes with life’s stressors. It’s important to remember to take care of your mind just as much as you would take care of your body, and it’s not as hard to do as you might think.
Sometimes we lose motivation, often times it’s because we either a) stop believing in ourselves b) stop believing in our dreams or c) we failed that we lose this motivation.
Faltering is minor, it’s merely a chance to climb higher to the top by finding another solution to why you failed and how to fix it. Losing belief is major. You’re giving up on your dream and yourself. You don’t think you have a higher purpose than you do so you need something to regain that courage.
Daily do things that you love, things that you are passionate about and you will regain your spark sooner or later. But just don’t give up on yourself and your dreams. Your goal is to persevere through the obstacles as best as you can. Best can be subjective to each person. Only you know what your version of best is. The rewards are always far greater.
Covid-19 has forced everyone to make changes- like it or not. Staying motivated can be tricky, but you ca make it easier for yourself by creating a realistic schedule ad taking time to care for yourself. Though this pandemic feels endless, it will eventually come to an end. The motivational tips that you adopt now can lead to positive change for the rest of your life!
Do let me know in the comments below how you and your family is coping with all that’s going around. Also let know in the comments section about what is keeping you ad your family motivated.