Most of the people from all around the world are working from home now. You are welcome, everyone, who dreamed about being digital nomads! But of course this is not how you imagined it…We are feeling locked inside our homes without any entertainment except Netflix.
Sadly, this is our reality now.
But we can make this time as great as possible no matter the circumstances. Let’s be real, it’s not easy, but we have our jobs/businesses and life to run from home.
So, it becomes even more important to take care of your mental health during this time. This is testing time for all of us and to thrive in this situation, we must do everything to stay motivated.✌️
If you experienced a major dip in my motivation, you are not alone.
There’s a couple of key things I found to be really helpful to keep me motivated.
Here are 8 tips on how to stay motivated when in lockdown (or for life in general).
Pandemic has caused a lot of stress and anxiety and sadly many people are not able to cope up with this panic situation.
Yesterday I spoke with my friend who stressed out about the news that made her feel depressed. And I totally get it.
I feel bad for everyone, especially for people with mental illnesses who don’t get the care they deserve now and for all the small business owners who had to close their physical locations. It’s sad to see people struggling and lean towards bad habits.
I’m guilty of that too.🙋♀️
I lost count on how many movies I’ve binge watched. And I’m not stressed out. I have my own business, I’m doing well. But so many people are failing to manage their stress and anxiety at this time. The only way to keep our mind calm is to stay motivated.
1. Sleep Well and Let Your Brain Restore
Do you find yourself watching movies or scrolling social media until late at night? If you keep your eyes open till 3 am no wonder your brain is sending you signals throughout the day to lay down.
Your brain needs restorative sleep when it cleans all the rubbish and prepares for the next day full of challenges. Which happens if you go to bed at 9-10 pm.
I know it sounds crazy. But now when I have my Oura ring and I track my sleep, I can see the difference not only in how I feel the next day when I go late to bed but also in my parameters. I feel like I have partied all night if I go to bed later than 11 pm.
Sleep is the most important thing for you! For your brain, body, immune system and cognitive function.
Yes, it’s even more important than food. So be kind to yourself and try to go to bed early before trying to wake up early. Otherwise that entire early morning club makes no sense!
2. Celebrate Small Wins
As a high achieving individual I know how we get hang up by always striving for more and more. Even if we accomplish the most important things without acknowledging it, we will be doomed to think that we didn’t achieve anything.
Like one great business mentor Dan Sullivan said:
if you are chasing a horizon it will always will be in the distance further and further away from you
So, take a moment and write down your small wins for the day.
What did you do well? Did you make the bed, made breakfast?
It doesn’t have to be something big. Just small, but still important life wins.
3. Set Your Daily Routine
I can see you rolling your eyes when you read this.🙄
But setting a daily routine it’s like nourishment for your mind. When it has to deal with so much stress and uncertainty, having a routine gives you and your brain a safe space to relax.
As tempting as it may be to work from bed, better reserve these days for when you really need it, otherwise you’ll find yourself being less productive. And to your surprise, even more tired!
Get up mostly at the same time each day even if you wake up without an alarm. Going to bed at a regular time will help you to achieve that.
Routine for me means sticking to similar morning and evening rituals. For example, if you want to start your morning with an exercise you can make a rule that you can’t do work before you exercise. This can help you to stick with it and you don’t need any crazy schedules where you do everything at the same time.
Routines are here to help you set the tone for the day, clear and wash away the stress after the day.
4. Find the Ideal Workspace
Make sure you are not like me, thinking that my perfect workspaces aka cafes are closed. ☕
Even if you are like me and you like to work with coffee or other hot drink in your hands, surrounded by people, we can solve this. Almost.
Having a comfortable workstation at home is important for sure. It’s good for your back and it has other benefits. But if you are a creative person like me, you might find that you as your energy needs to move!
Similarly like you would be moving from cafe to cafe. Maybe it sounds crazy, but our energy gets stuck when we are not moving. So even in a regular workplace it’s super advisable for you to move.
I like to sometimes work from my kitchen table, at my lounge room or I’m one of those lucky people who also has their studio, so sometimes I would go to the studio. Mainly when I need to do some physical work: film something etc. And it helps to keep the balance and not feel like I’m stuck. Because I’m moving and my creative energy moves with me.
Try it out!
5. Stay Connected with Friends & Family
You might not be able to visit them or hang out at the restaurant after work. But it can still be fun and it’s important for your wellbeing.
Use video conferencing tools like Zoom, Skype and others for calls instead of just texting. By this, you will see their expressions and feel connected with them which helps you to manage the stress.
I know often when life feels like too much to handle we want to retreat inward and not to engage with others, but the best thing you can do is stay connected with family and friends.
A few days ago, I was surprised by a text from a friend that I haven’t spoken to in years and it made me so happy.
Who can you connect with and be a surprise text for another person?
Set a timer for 5 minutes and send a text gratitude message to everyone you can think of. Make an effort to keep the connection with humans strong.
6. Recalibrate Your Purpose
It can feel like all of your future plans bursted out into nothing last year. You might feel like you didn’t get a chance to attend an event and meet with all the amazing people that you were planning. Because I really felt like that.
Our human fear of FOMO (#fearofmissingout) doesn’t help here.
We see some people traveling or doing other fun stuff in other parts of the world where the situation is less hectic and feel like we are missing out on an entire year of our lives.
That doesn’t feel great.
What if you got time to do all the inner work and rediscover yourself that you have always dreamed of.
I know a lot of my friends delved into self development during this time and when you have a community you just can’t be unmotivated to keep going and living the best life.
There are dozens of online courses and programs, private coaching or even an opportunity to create your peer group with your friends and share your knowledge with others. You will be surprised how much you can skyrocket when others are keeping accountable.
If you feel like it’s not a good time for you to invest money then invest your energy and join me and other beautiful souls sharing their knowledge free of charge on ClubHouse. If you need an invite hit me up on Instagram.😉
7. Stay True to Your Heart
While owning my business I tend to work late in the evenings and on the weekend. But it’s something that I love and choose to do.
Working from home made a lot of workers extend their work hours either due to doing the work of three or more people. They’re doing their own jobs, their childcare worker’s jobs, and their children’s teacher’s jobs. That’s exhausting.
For those of us who don’t have children let’s not pretend that we easily show up at 100% each day.
Social terrain is rough these days and we get affected either by social media or other bad news easily. There is no way we can totally ignore this unless we would move to the mountains without any wifi. I have actually thought about it.
But for most of us, our productivity is down. We don’t separate our work stress from our home stress as it all happens in one space.
We need space and time only for ourselves.
Self-care is the most important world I have for you.
It doesn’t only apply to ladies, gentlemen, we all need it.
So schedule some self time if you need to. I even advise you to track it and write down if you made something for yourself today. I remember the days when I was telling myself: I have no time to do this, and it can only lead to burnout.
Sometimes we get tired not because we did too much, but because we did too little of what makes us happy and what is true to our hear!
8. Visualise the Big Picture
I’m the one who loves to preach how important it is to connect with your vision and ask advice from your future self.
Staying present and enjoying the moment is crucial, but we can get so caught up on small things. And then I always say to myself:
Focus on your Vision, not Your Circumstances
When you run into an unbearable life situation keep in mind that it’s not your life someday it’s just your life today.
But when we look at our vision when we have a different perspective – the road gets clear and the fog disappears.
So whenever you feel like you are trapped in a corner, try to change your perspective.
Would it still matter after 10 years?
If not, maybe it’s not worth spending time worrying about it.
Live well and always believe your future will be greater than your past! ❤️